There are as many Colcannon recipes as there are homes in Ireland!!!
In the Midlands, colcannon is called “thump”. In the north and western parts of Ireland it is called champ. To tell fortunes on Halloween, a ring and a silver coin were mixed into the colcannon…whoever got the ring was soon to marry and whoever got the coin would be wealthy. Who ever choked on the ring would meet the banshee.
1 – 1/2 lb Irish potatoes (well duh)
Some of the best potatoes are bakers or Yukon golds.
2 cups of shredded or chopped cooked ham
1 head of steamed cabbage coarsely chopped
1 cup (plus or minus) of chopped carrots
1 cup of milk or light cream
2 cup leek chopped green onions will substitute
1 tsp mace
1 big ole glop of butter
Cut the potatoes into 2 inch cubes and boil in generously salted water until fork tender. While they are cooking steam the cabbage and the chopped leeks. When the potatoes are done drain, but leave some of the liquid in to begin mashing. As you mash the potatoes blend in the milk, mace and salt and freshly ground pepper until the potatoes are creamy as you want them. Stir in the vegetables and the ham.
This is the ultimate comfort food. It can be served as a side dish, a guilty little pleasure or potato pancakes can be made with the leftovers. It is also lovely to make patties of the colcannon and top with an egg and bake.
You can not go wrong. You can add most anything that keeps your banshee happy.