To get our St. Patrick’s feast off on the right foot, Mary Ellen Mahan, local fitness motivator and library lover with deep Irish roots, opened her Irish family recipe box to share her Irish grandmother’s recipe for Colcannon. She’s sharing a quick and simple recipe you may use over and over for holiday feasts.
Let’s talk about Colcannon, a potato and cabbage dish traditionally served with boiled ham or Irish bacon. Mary Ellen offers a healthier spin on her mother’s recipe. After losing 150 pounds and motivating others get fit, she knows what’s what!
Mary Ellen embraced the humble (yet stereotypical Irish mainstay) potato on a recent trip to Ireland, seeing firsthand how families farm…Read more of my interview and the original Colcannon Recipe on Phoebe Savors Berks, Berks County Living Style column.
- 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1½ to 2 pounds cabbage
- ½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup non-fat milk
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 5 scallions, chopped and divided
- Salt and pepper
- Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes until tender, about 20-30 minutes; set aside.
- Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage, quarter, remove the core and slice the quarters into thin slices.
- In a large pot bring water to a boil. Add the cabbage and cook for about 3-5 minutes, until tender and bright. Remove the cabbage, place in a strainer over a large bowl. Place a small plate over the cabbage and top with a few cans of soup, allowing the weight to remove excess water.
- When the potatoes are soft drain the water and return the potatoes to the pot. Add the cream (yogurt), milk, butter and all but 3 tablespoons scallions.
- Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Do not use a ricer or electronic hand mixer. (Mother Mahan is very clear on this!)
- Add the strained cabbage to the potato mixture and mash to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve with a sprinkle of the remaining scallions.