Food For Thought – Colcannon

“The Irish people, who are commonly thought of as peasants, have developed a cuisine using these kinds of items that, for them, are common food. For them it’s not high-end items. For them it’s regular food.” -Robert Christensen

I have an Irish cookbook that I hardly ever use. The few times I have made a recipe out of it, it turns out amazing. So lately I’ve been actively looking for recipes to make from it.

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of potatoes (surprise) and cabbage or kale.


  • 1 Head of Red Kale
  • 4-5 Medium Baking Potatoes
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


Clean the potatoes and boil them with the skins on until they are soft. Mash them with a hand masher with skins on.

Chop the onion and kale. Heat olive oil in the pan and add the onions. Sauté until they are clear, then add kale. Sauté for approximately ten minutes. Remove onions and kale from pan. Heat butter in the same pan and add potatoes. Cook potatoes until they crisp, then add the onions and kale. Mix until thoroughly heated.

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