Real Irish Colcannon
Real Irish Colcannon is made with Irish butter and and optional Irish cheddar cheese. It doesn’t get more Celtic than this. This is naturally green comfort food and a St Patrick’s Day favorite.
I can’t think of anything more comforting than a big bowl of mashed potato with heaps of Irish cheddar cheese and good Irish creamy butter. This is why I I call it ‘real Irish’. I know that champ or colcannon traditionally does not have cheese or onion, but I’ve had requests for how much of these can be added so they are listed as optional in the recipe.
Colcannon is similar to its lesser known counterpart Champ. Colcannon is like Champ but with added cabbage.
The butter and cheese are really the best there is out there. The Irish are very proud of their dairy and so they should be. I’m not being paid to say this, this is just my opinion and if you try them, you’ll agree and are available in most grocery stores here in the U.S.
The name is derived from the word cál ceannann which is Celtic for ‘head cabbage’.
The colcannon can be made 2 days ahead of time. You can simply reheat in a the microwave for a few minutes, or to a pan over low heat. Add a small amount of milk so it doesn’t dry out and burn on the bottom, stirring often.
Cabbage in Irish Colcannon
The cut of the cabbage is up the to the cook. Sometimes I like it chopped in large pieces for a nice cabbage bite, sometimes I like it finely cut so it mixes in well with the mash. The choice is yours.
There is a debate that seems ongoing and is new to me. Are you team cabbage or team kale? Growing up in England, I only ever had this dish with cabbage, but since moving to the U.S., I see a lot of people using cabbage. Frankly, I think cabbage adds more flavor.
Serving Real Irish Colcannon
Anything Irish of course and what is better than Irish Guinness Stew. This can be a complete St Patrick’s Day meal.
Leftover Irish Colcannon
Try my Irish dessert ideas too if you want to complete Irish meal. Irish Chocolate Cake with Baileys Buttercream Frosting (picture below) or Irish coffee Milkshake Shooters.
If you’ve made this Real Irish Colcannon, or any other recipe, please leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers.