Serves: 4

Colcannon (sometimes also spelled "colchannon") is probably the single traditional Irish dish that is eaten by the largest number of modern Irish people.

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1 pound potato (cooked, mashed)
1 pound kale, or cabbage (or spinach, if you don't like kale or cabbate)
3/4 cup milk, or cream
2 chopped scallion, or green onion tops
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted


If using the kale, strip from the stalks and chop, or likewise remove the stump of cabbage and chop before cooking in boiling salted water until tender
but not overcooked. Drain very well. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes, and while they are cooking chop the leeks or onion tops and simmer them in milk or cream for about 7 minutes. Drain the potatoes, season and mash them well, then stir in the cooked leeks and milk, adding a little more milk if needed.

Finally, blend in the finely chopped kale or cabbage. Add the pepper and salt and taste for seasoning. Heat the entire mixture gently, then pile in a warmed dish. Make a small well in the center and pour in the melted butter.

Source: IRISH TRADITIONAL FOOD, Theodora Fitzgibbon

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