When I think of St. Patrick's Day dishes, potatoes immediately come to mind. Not just any kind of potatoes, mashed potatoes. The Irish love their mashed potatoes so much that they have specific names for different variations. Champ is mashed potatoes with green onions stirred in and Colcannon is mashed potatoes with onions and greens. Both are traditional Irish side dishes that are commonly served along side a meaty steak, sausage or bacon. I love Champ so much that I've used it on Thanksgiving, but I have yet to try colcannon. Thus I will take the opportunity to make it the next time I'm craving smooth potato puree. To do the same,
2 lbs Potatoes
1 large Curly Kale or Cabbage
1 large Onion
4 oz of butter or margarine
Pinch of Pepper & Salt
Half pint Milk
- Peel and chop the potatoes, the onion and greens.
- Layer a saucepan with the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.
- Layer the onion and greens on top of the potatoes and add enough water to cover the mixture.
- Boil and then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked.
- Mash the mixture thoroughly adding the butter and milk to ensure a creamy consistency.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.