Colcannon

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This recipe, and accompanying song, is for my Irish loving girls.

Prep Time: 20 minutes / Cook Time: 20 minutes / Serving Size: 8

  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 small head cabbage, chopped or 3 cups chopped kale (or other leafy green)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Instructions

1. Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender.

2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, saute the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Putting a lid on the pan helps the vegetables cook faster.

3. Drain the cooked potatoes, mash with milk and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the bacon, cabbage, and onions, then transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the melted butter. Serve immediately.

 The Skillet Pot song:snap

Well did you ever make colcannon,
Made with lovely pickled cream
With the greens & scallions mingled
Like a pitcher in a dream
Did you ever make a hole on top
To hold the meltin’ flake
Or the creamy flavoured butter
That our mother’s used to make

Chorus

Oh you did, so you did
So did he and so did i
And the more I think about it
Sure the nearer I’m to cry
Oh weren’t them the happy days
When troubles we knew not
And or mother made colcannon
In the little skillet pot

Well, did you ever take potatoe cake
And boxty to the school
Tucked underneath your oxter with
Your books, your slate and rule
And when teacher wasn’t looking’
Sure a great big bite you’d take
Of the creamy flavoured soft and meltin’
Sweet potatoe cake

Chorus

Well did you ever go a courtin’ boys
When the evenin’ sun went down
And the moon began a peepin’
From behind the hill o’ down
And you wandered down the boreen
Where the clurachan was seen
And you whispered lovin’ praises to
Your own dear sweet coleen

Chorus

 

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