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Growing up in Ireland, a steaming bowl of colcannon was the ultimate comfort food. Now that I live in the U.S., it still brings me just as much comfort on a cold evening. Light and fluffy mashed potatoes are whipped together with onions, kale and plenty of golden, salty butter. It is traditionally served on Halloween, when a ring or coin is hidden in the creamy mountains of mash. The lucky recipient of the ring or coin was said to find wealth or marriage within a year!
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3 lbs potatoes
1 small onion
1 bunch kale
3 Tbsp salted butter (Irish butter such as Kerrygold is preferable)
1 cup whole milk
At a glance:
1. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, drain well and return to pot.
2. Finely slice onion and simmer gently in milk until the onion is soft, drain, reserving the milk.
3. Meanwhile remove stalks from kale and roughly chop. Place kale in a pot with one inch of boiling, salted water. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes until kale is tender but still bright green, remove from heat and drain.
4. Mash potatoes with three quarters of the butter, add the onion and kale and beat together with a wooden spoon. Gradually add the milk until the potatoes are soft and creamy. Serve immediately with remaining butter on top.