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Irish Colcannon with Spring Onions and Leeks

Irish Colcannon with Spring Onions and LeeksThis creamy side dish is ideal for days when a bit of comfort is needed—without a lot of effort.

This recipe was created by Angela Spengler of Clovis, NM and received an Honorable Mention in the IPC’s 2010 Watching Waistlines and Wallets Recipe Contest.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 quart water
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
3 medium Idaho® potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 6 ounces each)
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups chopped cabbage
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped leeks
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Cooking Directions:

  1. Bring water and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to boil in a large saucepan, add potatoes, return to a boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain, reserving hot water and set water aside.
  2. Place potatoes in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer,beat on low speed 1 minute, add milk and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Beat on medium until fluffy.
  3. Add the reserved water to saucepan, bring to a boil over high heat, add cabbage, return to a boil and continue boiling 5 minutes or until tender, drain.
  4. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add onions and leeks, cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Stir in the mashed potatoes and cabbage, heat thoroughly and serve topped with parsley.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission.