Colcannon Potatoes
  • 1½ pounds of potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 6 green onions
  • 1½ cups shredded cabbage or kale
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (1½ teaspoon dried)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Peel and halve the potatoes. Place a pot of water on the stove to boil. While it is coming up to temperature, shred the cabbage or kale and dice the green onions. Place them in a microwave safe dish along with the tablespoon of butter and set aside.
  2. Boil the potatoes until a knife can be easily inserted in them. Remove from heat, drain, and return boiled potatoes to the pot. Micro-cook the cabbage or kale 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until it is thoroughly heated.
  3. Mash the potatoes to desired consistency and combine with milk and the hot vegetables. Stir in the parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Traditionally, this dish is served at Halloween. A miniature thimble, horseshoe, button, silver coin and wedding ring are wrapped in parchment and hidden in the potatoes. These forecast the coming year for whoever finds these tokens in their serving of Colcannon potatoes - the thimble for a spinster, the horseshoe for a long journey, the button for a bachelor, the silver coin for unexpected wealth, and the wedding ring for marriage.
Recipe by Herb 'n Cowgirl at