Colcannon is not "light" by any means, but on St. Patrick's Day I allow myself to eat it with little thought as to my thighs or middle. It's an Irish tradition to mix one gold coin (or gold ring) into the potatoes before plating. Whoever finds the coin in their serving is said to have Good Luck all the year through! If it's a ring you find, it's said you will be married within the year. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
3 pounds potatoes, scrubbed
2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups hot milk
Freshly ground black pepper
1 head cabbage, cored and finely shredded
1 pound bacon, cooked and chopped
4 scallions, finely chopped
Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish
Peel potatoes and boil until fork tender. Chop with a knife before mashing. Mash thoroughly to remove all the lumps. Add 1 stick of butter in pieces. Gradually add hot milk, stirring all the time. Season with a few grinds of black pepper.
Boil the cabbage in unsalted water until it turns a darker color. Add 2 tablespoons butter to tenderize it.
Cover with lid for 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly and chop into small pieces.
Add the cabbage, scallions, and chopped bacon to mashed potatoes, stirring them in gently.
When you plate the Colcannon, make an indentation on the top by swirling a spoon, and put 1 tablespoon of butter into the indentation and let melt. Sprinkle with parsley. ENJOY!
Hope your day is a HOOLEY!