The timely colcannon [kol-kan’on], a favourite Irish dish, is not widely found at area restaurants, but it is an easy one to make at home.
A rustic and hearty plate, colcannon is made with only a few ingredients: mashed potatoes doused with a good amount of milk or cream and lots of butter, of course.
Add to that onions, cabbage or kale, along with some herbs, possibly, and seasoning, and you have a very satisfying comfort food, whether or not you have the luck of the Irish.
A similar dish, champ, is made with buttermilk.
The “col” of colcannon likely derives from “cole,” an old word for cabbage that we still see in use today — coleslaw.
Now, I’d say a pint or two of Guinness is in order at this time of the year, wouldn’t you?