Irish Comfort Food. This Colcannon is a blend of creamy mashed potatoes laced with fried caramelized cabbage, a splash of whiskey and sweet brown butter.
Typically I make mashed potatoes and fried cabbage as two separate side dishes. Once a year we throw these two recipes together with a splash of Irish Whiskey and make Irish Colcannon.
Two comfort foods in one! Yes! Oh Yes! If love the smell of fried cabbage and whiskey then you are in luck. After frying the cabbage we use a shot of whiskey to deglaze the pan. Don’t forget to have yourself a shot of whiskey. It just makes cooking more fun. Plus it is St. Patrick’s Day.
Why brown the butter? It adds a sweet flavor that is perfect on the shreds of caramelized cabbage. Make a well on the top of the colcannon mountain and pour in that remaining brown butter and let is drizzle down the sides. In this case, it is better than gravy.
If there is foam on top of the butter take a spoon and skim the top removing the foam. This just helps with appearance and does not effect the flavor.
Don’t over boil your potatoes into mush. You want the potatoes to be fork tender. Perfect for mashing.
Mashed vs. Whipped
This comes down to preference. Personally I use a potato masher. I like the texture of mashed potatoes. Some folks prefer the velvet texture of whipped. Your call!
Recipe for Irish Colcannon with Whiskey and Brown Butter.