Kale Colcannon

Jan Scott March 16, 2022

For St. Patrick’s Day, I’m turning to classic Irish-inspired dinners to get me through the last (hopefully!) of the cold days of winter. Meals made of potatoes, cabbage, and kale are seasonal, relatively nutritious, and economical, and we’re having fun making dishes with wonky names boxty, coddle, champ, and colcannon.

Colcannon is my favourite of the lot—how can you go wrong with butter-toasted kale mixed into creamy mashed potatoes? Also, it happens to be a great way to get greens into the kids, because when chopped finely enough the kale might look a little more like fresh herbs instead of hearty greens, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

If you’re interested in learning a little more about Irish cooking, Rachel’s Irish Family Food by Rachel Allen is a great resource, as is Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen.

Do you have a favourite Irish-inspired dish to make for your family?

Get the full printable recipe for kale colcannon here.

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