CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - This week's Heartland Cook celebrates his Irish heritage more than once a year. Jeff Furlow of Carterville and his wife Shannon often cook traditional Irish dishes at home. This week's recipe, Colcannon, is among their favorites.
Colcannon is a mashed potato and cabbage dish that the Irish traditionally enjoyed on Halloween. Families used to hid prizes in the Colcannon. If you scooped the ring out of the Colcannon it meant you'd be married within the year. If your spoonful contained a 6 pence coin it meant you'd encounter wealth. If a woman pulled a thimble from the potatoes – she wouldn't be married.
You can bring the tradition to your table with or without the hidden prizes. Either way, it'll make for a more authentic St. Patrick's Day!
- 2 lbs. Russet Potatoes
- 1 lb. White Cabbage
- 1 cup Half & Half
- 2 small leeks (thinly sliced)
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil peeled, diced potatoes and shredded cabbage in separate pots for about 15 minutes apiece. Drain and cool the cabbage. Chop the cabbage into smaller pieces before combining with potatoes.
Combine Half & Half and thinly sliced leaks in a small sauce pan. Heat 8-10 minutes over low heat until leeks are tender. Add to cabbage.
Mash the potatoes to your preferred consistency. Then add the cabbage and leek mixture to the bowl, and stir in the stick of butter until melted and well combined.
Season with salt and pepper.