Traditional Irish Colcannon

Try your luck with this tasty side dish, traditionally served on Halloween.

Leeks and garlic simmer in the skillet, filling the kitchen with their earthy aroma. The potatoes are cooking in the big kettle and the cabbage is chopped ready to mingle its flavors into the medley called Colcannon.

Colcannon is an Irish dish served often in my family and at any time of year. But it is traditionally known as a dish of Halloween or as it is sometimes known as in Ireland, Samhain (Sow-in). The definition of Colcannon is derived from Gaelic and literally means “ white-headed cabbage”.

I grew up eating some variation of this dish and absolutely love it as comfort food, as a side dish, or sometimes just the meal itself. And I must say, it pairs well with a pint of Guinness!

It is a recipe combining potatoes (of course), cabbage, and leeks, with cream. Seriously, what is there not to like?

While it is popular all year long, it is always a favorite at Halloween and then again at St. Patrick’s Day. Custom has it to hide a small coin or trinket in the dish too. Whoever finds the coin will have a year of prosperity coming their way.

I hope you enjoy this family favorite.

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