Matt's Creamy Colcannon with Kale

By: Matt Armendariz

This Irish favorite has become a favorite of mine, too. I'll just go out on a limb and say that I'd be happy eating mashed potatoes every single day of the year if I let myself. And this delicious Colcannon, complete with the earthy flavors of kale and the creamy addition of butter and cream, makes a wonderful side dish when served with pork tenderloin, beef, and especially roasted chicken.

Colcannon
Serves 8
4 russet potatoes, cleaned, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks
1 stick unsalted butter, divided
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 garlic cloves minced
2 leeks, cleaned and whites thinly sliced
2 bunches kale, stems removed and chopped
2/3 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the potato chunks in a large pot and fill with water to cover.

Bring the potatoes to a boil on medium-high heat and continue to boil until the potatoes are fork tender, 20-25 minutes.

Place 6 tablespoons of butter, cream and garlic in a small saucepan and bring up to a simmer on medium-low heat. Cover to keep hot.

In a large saute pan melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat and saute the leeks for about 1 minute.

Add the kale to the leeks and continue to saute for an additional 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the broth over the kale and leek mixture, stir and cover.

Allow the mixture to cook until the kale has wilted and the liquid has cooked off, about 7 minutes.

Once the potatoes are fork tender, drain them and place them back into the pot.

Begin mashing the potatoes, while adding the cream mixture a little at a time, until the potatoes are smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Fold the leeks and wilted kale into the potatoes, adjust the seasoning and serve.

More Irish cooking:
More posts from Matt:
Find Matt at mattbites.com .
Keep Reading

Next Up

Super Food Nerds: How to Make Corned Beef

Get our in-depth look at how to make corned beef with step-by-step instructions.

Sifted: St. Patrick's Day Edition

Get Cooking Channel's take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the very best St. Patrick's Day recipes.

Putting the ROCK in Shamrock: Recipes Inspired by Ireland's Greatest Hits

From Van Morrison to U2, Ireland has been turning out some of the world's greatest musical talent for decades. This St. Patrick's day, we're celebrating these artists with some recipes inspired by their greatest hits . Turn up the volume and preheat those ovens, because it's time to put the rock back in shamrock.

Sifted: Musical Pairings, Indian Food Palooza and Boozy Foods

Get Cooking Channel's take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web.

Thirsty Thursday: Luck of the Irish Whiskey Cocktail

Cooking Channel's nod to St. Patrick is a Celtic-inspired libation made with Irish whiskey, some smooth Irish cream and a touch of crème de menthe.

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day With Shepherd's Hand Pies

Serve Shepherd's Pie Hand Pies for your St. Patrick's Day Party. Get the recipe at Cooking Channel.

You Won't Need the Luck of the Irish with These St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

Get the best Irish recipes and St. Patrick's Day party ideas on Cooking Channel, including whiskey cocktails, corned beef and cabbage and more.

On TV

So Much Pretty Food Here