Ireland Guide
Ireland Guide

- ireland -

Graphics Version | 
Ireland’s Leading Independent Food & Hospitality Guide


ColcannonHallowe’en has more traditional festive dishes associated with it than any other date in the Irish calendar – and Colcannon remains one of the most popular. Traditionally, at Hallowe’en, it should have a ring hidden in it – predicting marriage in the coming year for whoever finds it.

The familiar old rhyme almost gives the recipe:

Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream??
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.?
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make

Did you ever eat and eat, afraid
You’d let the ring go past,
And like some old married ‘sprissman’
Would get it at the last?

Colcannon has turned up on many a fancy restaurant menu recently, as a side dish, and it makes a lovely wholesome family dish served simply with really good sausages – especially at Hallowe’en.

Serves 4.

1kg /2 lb potatoes, freshly cooked and mashed
250g/8 oz kale or curly cabbage, just cooked, drained and finely chopped,
OR a bunch of scallions, (spring onions) finely chopped
Milk, butter, salt and black pepper.

Mix the mashed potatoes and chopped kale/cabbage/scallions together.
Heat some milk with a generous knob of butter. Beat it into the potato mixture until smooth and creamy. Season well.


There are currently no comments

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment
Not a member? Register for your free membership now!
Or leave a comment by logging in with:

Facebook & Twitter Recent Activity

Apps and Books

  • Ireland for Food Lovers by Georgina Campbell


    Everything the food lover in Ireland needs to know... Food tourism in Ireland enters an exciti ...
  • Ireland Blackberry App - Georgina Campbell's Ireland

    Blackberry App

    Quickly and easily find all the very best places to eat, drink & stay across the island of I ...
  • Neven App for iCook

    iCook with Neven

    Join Neven Maguire in the kitchen with 60 of his favourite recipes - old & new - on his very ...
Iconic font by Font Awesome | Icons by famfamfam