Not only will Irish eyes be smiling, but everyone else's will be, too, when they taste what many consider the ultimate in comfort foods. Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage, though green onions, milk, bacon or ham are often added to it. There is even an Irish song about this dish!
3-4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, diced
2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed
1 1/4 cups hot half-n-half, milk, or heavy cream, depending on how rich you want it
Freshly ground black pepper
1 package Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
Olive oil, for sautéing cabbage
16 ounces bacon or ham, diced
4 green onions, very finely chopped
Chopped parsley leaves or chives, for garnish, optional
Note: You can also use smoked ham hocks. Place the smoked ham hocks in a large pan and cover it completely with water. Bring the ham hocks to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes until tender. Drain. Remove any fat and dice into small pieces.
Note: You can use less butter if you want, but if you make this once a year, why would you want to use less!