Colcannon (1735, Ireland)


As a holiday celebrated for centuries in Ireland, Halloween developed some unusual traditions, with the star of the night's feast a mash potato dish that was described in 1735 as 'always eaten in this Kingdom on this night'.

Check out the William Bulkeley diaries, where we see the first written mention of Colcannon on October 31st 1735.

Ingredients: (For two servings)

Three large potatoes
85g of butter
150g of kale
20ml of milk
Sprinkle of black pepper

  1. Boil potatoes. If you prefer, remove the skin.
  2. When the potatoes are nearly done, create a butter/water emulsion by mixing the butter, and two tablespoons of water. Add and mix in the kale.
  3. Mash the potatoes, and stir in the buttery kale. Serve!

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