Colcannon is a lovely Irish comfort food combining potatoes and cabbage, all mashed together. It can be served as side dish, or if you add sausages it can become a main course feast.
At Halloween, it served to predict marriage. Charms were hidden in the mashed potatoes and any unmarried girl who found one would place socks with spoonfuls of Colcannon and the charms on her front door handle. The first man to enter the house was her intended.
Comforting Cabbage Colcannon
- 4-6 large yukon gold potatoes, cubed
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 whole cabbage shredded
- 6 large sausages (omit if you want a veggie version) purists would use irish banger sausages
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1 bottle beer
- 1-2 cups yoghurt non fat plain
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Brown the sausages in a large dutch oven.
- Remove sausages.
- Add potatoes and onions to drippings in pan and stir to coat.
- Add cabbage and parsley and mix well.
- Place sausages on top of mixture.
- Cover with tight fitting lid and simmer, stirring occasionally until potatoes and cabbage are soft. 45 minutes is about right.
- Add as much ale as needed to keep colcannon moist.
- As soon as the potatoes and cabbage are soft, remove the sausages
- Add the dairy product of your choice to the mixture until it resembles mashed potatoes.
- Add salt and white pepper to taste.
- Chop up the sausages and add to the mix.