Creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage and leeks
Have you ever heard of Colcannon before?! Yeah, the Irish have weird names for potatoes I will let you know that! I guess this dish also has a song about it.. I haven’t googled that one yet though.. Just what I’ve heard.
The first time I had this dish, I made it while I was in culinary school. We had to prepare a St. Patrick’s Day lunch menu to serve the entire campus (well the ones who ate in the caf, but that was pretty much everyone.. except the lazy ones ha).
I absolutely loved this dish! It became one of my favorites, but I must not lie to you. It wasn’t until I was searching for Irish themed recipes for my site when I finally dug this recipe out of safe keeping. I don’t know why I had been hiding it for so long. Such a bad idea… well okay, maybe it was a good idea because I seriously ate my weeks worth of potatoes in a day. I couldn’t help it though, they’re amazing and so easy to make. Such a wonderful change to the standard ol’ mashed potatoes.
Serve these up beside a baked ham and call the family because supper is served. Ohh and invite me over too will you??
- 1 pound potatoes, peeled, cubed
- 1/2 pound cabbage, trimmed cut in wedges
- 3 tablespoons leeks, minced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons milk or cream
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- To Taste salt
- To Taste pepper
- In a medium pot, place cubed potatoes in enough salted water to just cover them.
- Cook over medium heat until tender.
- Drain water and mash.
- Meanwhile in a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter and cook the leeks very slowly until tender.
- While the potatoes are cooking, in another medium pot with a lid, place the cabbage with about an inch of water in the bottom.
- Cook (steam) over medium heat until tender.
- Drain water and finely chop the cabbage.
- Add the remaining butter, chopped cabbage and leeks (plus liquids in the pan) to the mashed potatoes.
- Mix in the milk or cream and the parsley.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- **If mixture is too dry, add more milk or cream**
Don’t think that these potatoes can only be served for St. Patrick’s Day because now that I’ve dug my recipe out, these will be getting cooked a lot more often!
If you’re looking for more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration don’t forget to look at these!