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With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I went looking for a quintessential Irish recipe that would use ingredients found at the farmers market in March. You can’t get more Irish than this traditional dish and you’ll find almost everything you need to make it at the BRWM this Saturday.

Colcannon

from a recipe by Chris Morocco for Bon Apetit

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium gold potatoes (about 1¾ pounds)
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, sliced in half lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (packed) shredded savoy or other cabbage (from about ¼ large head), divided
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced

Preparation:

  1. Cover potatoes with water in a small pot; season with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until a paring knife slides easily through the flesh, 30–40 minutes. Drain, let cool slightly, and peel.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 4 Tbsp. butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until very soft, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant and leeks are just beginning to brown around the edges, about 3 minutes longer. Add 1 cup cabbage and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted. Add milk and cream and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add potatoes and remaining 1 cup cabbage, then coarsely mash with a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer colcannon to a large serving bowl. Top with remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and sprinkle with scallion slices. Serves 4.

Pair this with a corned beef brisket or roast lamb and a green salad and, “faith and begorra” – you’re ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with true Irish spirit!