The next time you have a potato in your pantry and are wondering what to do with it.
Think about Colcannon.
It’s a traditional Irish potato dish that will make your tastebuds dance a jig.
The Background of Colcannon
The name, “colcannon”, comes from a Gaelic word, “cál ceannann”, which means “white headed cabbage”.
It’s a classic Irish dish that’s made with potatoes and cabbage.
These ingredients were widely available and cheap.
Colcannon’s Irish roots date back as far as the 1730s.
It spread to England in the 1800s and became a favorite dish for the upper class.
People of every class and background had their own adaptation of this tasty dish.
It was like a link between two worlds.
What’s so Special about it?
Colcannon was traditionally eaten on Halloween night.
But it wasn’t to keep monsters and spirits away.
It’s part of a group of foods known as “fortune telling foods”, which have been served on this night in particular for ages.
Colcannon specifically would have small charms placed inside of it on October 31st, like a ring, coin, or rag.
Should a prospective bachelorette be lucky enough to find a ring, it would be considered a marriage proposal.
The other trinkets were thought to predict your future, as well.
A coin meant upcoming wealth.
A rag meant impending poverty.
This may sound strange, but it’s the same concept as say, reading the fortune from a fortune cookie.
Colcannon is super simple to prepare and super delicous. In addition to potatoes and cabbage, my version includes leeks, garlic, and bacon. And almost every recipe of colcannon includes a good amount of butter.
Mash your drained potatoes with butter, and slowly add in warmed milk and cream.
Once mashed, stir in the cabbage, leek, and garlic mixture that has been sautéed in bacon grease.
Garnish with the bacon and bit of melted butter.
You’ll feel the luck of the Irish with this dish.