Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish full of creamy potatoes and cabbage.
Yum, yum, yum!
I feel the need for a “traditional” disclaimer here. This is NOT an authentic colcannon, but it’s pretty close.
My gluten free Irish colcannon version uses sour cream, an authentic one does not.
Normally the potatoes in a traditional colcannon will be steamed, then peeled. My version includes two different versions for cooking the potatoes – boiling or cooking and steaming in the Instant Pot.
Typically colcannon will have ham in it, usually cooked the day before. Ham is absolutely delicious in this dish, in fact, it’s my husband’s favorite! I just usually use bacon instead because I often have it on hand and find it a it easier to make this way.
By all means you can substitute cooked, cubed or diced ham instead of the bacon if you prefer.
The best part about these “gourmet-ish” mashed potatoes is you can simply enjoy them by the spoonful OR you can serve them as a side with tons of different meals.
This delicious side dish is the perfect addition to any St. Patrick’s Day meal.
Gluten Free Irish Colcannon
- 3 pounds organic potatoes, washed and peeled (I prefer Yukon Gold or Red)
- 9 tablespoons grass-fed butter, divided
- 1 cup organic organic milk, preferably from pastured cows
- 8 oz. organic sour cream
- 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt (<--this is my favorite sea salt)
- 1 head green cabbage or Napa cabbage, cored and finely shredded
- Filtered water
- 1 - 8oz. package pre-cooked crispy bacon, crumbled (optional)
- Wash and peel the potatoes. If using Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into quarters, otherwise cut potatoes into about 1-inch chunks.
- Add potato chunks into a large stockpot. Cover with just enough water to cover the potatoes (literally just enough, do not pour too much water into the pot). Bring to a boil uncovered. Once boiling, reduce to a low boil for about 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender (will fall apart easily when poked with a fork).
- In a medium-size saucepan, heat the milk over low heat.
- While the potatoes are cooking, wash and prep the cabbage. I used Napa cabbage, removing the tougher white bottom, then julienne the green leaves. If using regular green cabbage, quarter, remove the core, and finely shred/chop the cabbage. [Note: I prefer shredded/julienned pieces in the Colcannon, but if you prefer smaller pieces, make sure to chop/dice the shredded cabbage.] Set aside.
- Once the potatoes are cooked, pour the potatoes into a colander over the sink. Add the strained potatoes to a large bowl or a 9x13 casserole dish (I use a casserole dish, I find it’s much easier to mash potatoes large quantities of potatoes). Add 8 tablespoons of butter to the potatoes. Slowly add the warmed milk and sour cream. Using a potato masher, mash all of the potatoes, stirring to combine ingredients, until there are no lumps anymore, or until desired consistency.
- Add the shredded cabbage into the same stockpot, cover with just enough water to cover the cabbage. Bring the water to a boil, then boil for about 1 minute or until the cabbage turns a bright green color. When the cabbage is bright green, remove from the heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter, stir and cover for 1-2 minutes. Strain through a colander and add the cabbage to the mashed potatoes. Stir to combine.
- Add ¾ of the crumbled bacon to the Colcannon and stir to combine.
- Serve hot, topped with extra grass-fed butter and crumbled bacon pieces.
Instant Pot Cooking Instructions: Follow step 1 except leave the potatoes a bit larger, either halved or quartered. Skip step 2 - instead add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot. Add a steamer insert to the pot. Top the steamer with your potatoes. Secure the Instant Pot lid. Press "STEAM" and cook for 9 minutes. When the cook time is up, quick release the pressure, using caution open the steam valve with an oven mitt. Follow steps 3, 4 and 5. For step 6, keep the water that is already in the Instant Pot and press "SAUTE" and bring to a boil, then follow the rest of step 6, 7 and 8.
Storage: Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s wonderful heated up the next day.
Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon.
Optional Toppings: Grass-fed Butter, crumbled bacon, lacto-fermented sauerkraut, lacto-fermented kimchi
Equipment: Cutting Board, Knife, Large Stockpot, Medium-Size Saucepan, Large Bowl or Casserole Dish, Potato Masher, Colander
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