Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Colcannon Hash with Brussels Sprouts


It's time for some 'Wearin' of the Green' but on our plates!  No matter if you're Irish or not, this twist on classic Colcannon will make you dance a jig!  I made this for our dinner last night and served it alongside my favorite trout preparation.  Really good stuff!


Colcannon is traditionally made with mashed potatoes mixed with kale or cabbage. This variation is made with crispy sautéed potatoes to which I added Brussels sprouts (another member of the cabbage family), along with leek, green onions, and a little crispy pancetta. Feel free to substitute kale or regular cabbage in this recipe.


The finished dish is topped with a sprinkling of Irish aged cheddar cheese.  It was really delicious, and something I will make again - even after St. Patrick's Day!


The potatoes take about 15 minutes to get nicely browned and the whole dish can come together in about 45 minutes, including slicing the vegetables...unless you are a really slow slicer and dicer. In which case enlist the help of your sweetest Leprechaun to help you. It covers both the starch and vegetable components of your meal in one dish!  Topped with a soft poached or fried egg it can make a complete meal.


In the United States, I don't think there is any ethic holiday more universally celebrated than St. Patrick's Day!  In Chicago, just to our south, there is a huge St. Patrick's Day parade and they dye the Chicago river green with environmentally safe dye.  New York City hosts one of the oldest parades and festivals. Here in Milwaukee there is a St. Patrick's Day parade downtown that attracts more than 100,000 viewers. Irish dancing is very popular here also. Of course, the oldest celebration in the city with likely the largest Irish population in the U.S. is Boston.  Does your city or town host an Irish celebration for St. Patrick's Day?


May the Luck of the Irish be with you!  You will be lucky, indeed, if you try this Colcannon Hash with Brussels Sprouts :)

Kathleen, from Cuisine Kathleen, (yes, she's Irish) has been blogging and 'cyber' friend of mine since 2008 or earlier.  Every year, she hosts a blog crawl in honor of St. Patrick's Day and I'll be joining her once again this year!  If you have something to share for St. Patrick's Day, all are welcome there to join the fun.

Colcannon Hash with Brussels Sprouts

Printable Recipe

Serves 2

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced
2 large russet potatoes, peeled, diced, rinsed, and well-drained
1 leek, white and very light green part only, sliced in half lengthwise, washed and sliced thin
4 green (spring) onions, white and some of the green part, washed and sliced thin
8 medium Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed and sliced thin
1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons freshly grated sharp Irish cheddar (such as KerryGold)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons freshly chopped Italian parsley
Note:  Feel free to substitute kale, broccoli, cabbage or arugula in this recipe.

Heat a large, heavy frying pan (I used cast iron) over medium to medium high heat. Add the diced pancetta or bacon and fry until crispy and well-browned. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside.  Remove all but about 1-2 tablespoons of drippings in the pan. Remove from heat.

Dice the potatoes and put into a bowl with cold water. Change water once or twice until water is clear and much of the cloudy starch is removed. Drain thoroughly and dry with paper toweling.

Slice the leek, green onions and place in a small bowl next to the stove. Do the same for the Brussels sprouts.

Reheat the drippings in the frying pan to medium high and add the potatoes. Cook in one layer until crisp and browned on the bottom. Stir occasionally until browned all over, reducing heat if they are start to burn. This will take about 15 minutes.

Add green onions and leek and keep stirring until they are softened.

Add the cooked pancetta or bacon and continue stirring.

Add the sliced Brussels sprouts. Cook and stir until they are just tender and still bright green.

Add the shredded cheddar cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve. 

Inspired by Food Wishes

82 comments:

  1. Your Colcannon Hash with Brussel sprouts looks delicious and pretty in the white bowl.
    Yes,in fact my little small town in south Alabama had a small parade today.
    Your food pics are so vibrant. I could use some photography tips. Oh, I must check out your nav bar tips.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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  2. Wow that looks delicious. A great way to sneak in some brussel sprouts too! My little city doesn't have any special parades but all the local pubs and restaurants provide plenty of good eats and drink! Have a great St. Patrick's Day.

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    1. I'll be going to an Irish-owned restaurant tonight myself :) Thank you, Liz!

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  3. It does look delish..!Love this combination..I have made a few variations..as long as there is bacon..I love it!
    Our small town 5,000pop..hosts is annual St Paddy's Day parade this Sat..the queen shall be crowned..and the princesses etc:)

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    1. Love your new avatar ;) I remember that parade! Wasn't Caro the queen one year?

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  4. Your Colcannon Hash with Brussels Sprouts has me drooling and pinning Susan! You'd think I was Irish given my love of potatoes :) I have a new and less annoying antivirus program now so I can enjoy more of your delicious food! Happy St. Paddy's Day ♣

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I know I was having trouble with your site for a while too. Glad to see you and hope to pay you a visit soon too!

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  5. This is utterly brilliant, you've combined two of my favorite comfort foods!

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  6. I've lived in NYC, Boston and Philly, but the only parade and festivities I've watched are those in Dublin and that was truly interesting and fun. I wish I could reach through the screen for a bite of this dish! It looks delicious!!!! Linda

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    1. That must have been wonderful to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dublin! Thank you so much for stopping!

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  7. This recipe is right up my alley! I'm bookmarking it for the future. Thanks for sharing. Happy St. Patrick's day! Visiting form Kathleen Cuisine's blog crawl!
    http://happywonderer.com/2016/03/16/st-patricks-day-table/

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! It was delicious and hope you give it a try. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  8. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy St. Pat's Day!

    Katherine

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  9. I'm the only one who likes Brussels Sprouts around here so I never make them. This may well be the recipe to convert people, looks yummy.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. My husband doesn't love Brussels sprouts either but he didn't mind them in this dish :) Thank you, Amalia!

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  10. I first tried hash when I went to the States for my MBA and loved every bite. It is weird but I haven't tried to make it at home. Your photos inspired me and I thing I will try it this coming weekend!

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    1. Thank you and I hope you enjoy it, Katerina. We did!

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  11. Such a comforting and delicious potato dish. I love the add of brussels sprouts.

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    1. I think they are a wonderful pair together :) Thank you, Angie!

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  12. No doubt this would be gobbled up here! Happy St. Patty's Day Susan-enjoy:@)

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    1. It was goggled up here :) Thank you, Lynn, and Happy St. Paddy's Day to you too!

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  13. Your Colcannon Hash with Brussels Sprouts sounds wonderful! I made Colcannon for the first time in my life last year for our office party and we loved it. Maybe next year, I can make this dish :-) Happy St. Paddy's Day ♣

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    1. You don't have to wait until next year :) Thank you, Debbie!

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  14. What an absolutely perfect blog post to read so early on this green day! I love the ingredients in this recipe. Especially those brussels sprouts. Have a wonderful St. Patricks Day Susan.

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  15. Your Colcannon Hash with Brussels Sprouts sounds like the perfect way to celebrate St. Patty's Day. Colorful and full of flavor - can't get much better than that.
    Sam

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    1. I thought the idea was great when I first came across it at the site I linked. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Sam!

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  16. A very delicious looking alternative for an Irish favorite. Sounds wonderful topped with an egg as well!

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    1. I'm going to try the egg version next! It would be great for a weekend brunch too. Thank you, Lorraine!

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  17. This sounds so delicious, Susan, and so pretty with the brussels sprouts & leeks showing their "green!"

    PINNED!

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    1. Thank you, Larry! I think it has your name written all over it with an egg on top :)

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  19. This may be the way to get my hubby to eat Brussels sprouts...or at least not to outright refuse them! Your recipe can be nothing but delicious doing it this way. I can't wait to try it.
    Happy SPD ♣

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    1. That's exactly what I was going for ;) My husband won't eat them either but it ate them with the potatoes!

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  20. Your rendition of colcannon sounds fabulous, Susan, and one that I'd love to make. Happy St. Patrick's Day! ☘

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  21. Wow, what an interesting twist on traditional colcannon! This looks and sounds delicious! :) I love brussels sprouts, and hope to get my hubby to like them someday. I think he'd be more inclined to eat them mixed with other things like the potatoes, pancetta, and cheese. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    I appreciate your visit and sweet comments and hope you have a fun and festive St. Patrick's Day.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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    1. Try it, I'll bet your husband will eat them in this dish! Thank you, Denise!

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  22. that looks delicious and tasty,wonderful recipe for Easter table !A warm hug, xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Dear Chiara! A happy Sunday to you and hugs xo

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  23. I could eat potatoes for every meal! Love this Susan...With the bacon and cheese and Brussels Sprouts I'm in heaven Can't wait to try this!

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  24. Beautiful dish! Happy St. Patrick's DAy!!!

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  25. Those potatoes look perfectly cooked and the Brussels Sprouts is a brilliant addition! I don't know anybody that wouldn't love this. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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    1. My favorite part was the browned bits on the edges - yum! Thank you, Tricia :)

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  26. This looks delicious! It actually looks like something my dad made often when I was young. Ah the memories. Need to try your version!

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    1. Wow, that is a wonderful memory, Cathleen. Thank you!

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  27. Gosh, this looks enticing, Susan! It is colorful & flavorful & sounds like it would really make a nice addition to next year's Irish feast.
    I haven't been by for a long time. (just now coming up out of the doldrums after Ern's passing).
    Thanks for all the interesting recipes you share & for the delightful photos that make them soooo yummy looking!

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    1. I totally understand, Rett. Good to see you and thanks so much for stopping to comment. Big hugs.

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  28. Hi Susan, I could eat this all day long, the potatoes look perfectly cooked and the Brussels sprouts look delicious, what a great combo, this would also be great with a fried egg on it. Have a great week-end!

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  29. Susan this look absolutely delicious and beautiful too ""

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  30. My goodness this dish looks yummyyyy!!! I am going to pin it to make it soon.
    It's all green, so just perfect for St. Pat's big celeb.
    Thanks for visiting and I want to get your great recipes Susan. I'll subscribe to your blog after.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you very much, Fabby! Happy Sunday to you!

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  31. Your hash recipe sounds delicious. Wonderful Hubby isn't a fan of Brussels sprouts and I'm always looking for a recipe to descretely include them. I'll be giving this one a try! Hope you had a great St. Pat's Day!

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    1. I'm hearing that in so many comments! Don't you wonder why it's mostly men who don't like Brussels sprouts? Must have had a bad experience as a kid :) Thank you for your comment!

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  32. This looks yummy! As a kid, any time the word "hash" was even mentioned, I ran from the room. Obviously things have changed. I'm going to try this.

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    1. Ha-ha. Funny how a word can turn people off. I have the same reaction when I hear 'boiled dinner' LOL.

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  33. I would love this for dinner or for brunch with a poached egg.

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    1. I'm going to try that next! I think it sounds wonderful. Thank you, Madonna!

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  34. That looks delicious, Susan! I am trying to eat more vegetables, mainly because I am starving all the time, lol, but I am improving in trying things! Thank you so much for taking the time to do the SPD crawl, I think you have been at all 8 of them! I appreciate it. It was fun to come out of mothballs to carry on the tradition. I am slow getting to visit everyone, not used to sitting at the computer for so long, and my ipad blacks out after I type a comment, and that is not good! Have a good Sunday, and Happy Easter too!

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    1. You are very welcome, Kathleen. It's always fun to come up with a new St. Patrick's Day idea each year :)

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  35. This dish is amazing! A great way to make something healthy and tasty. My husband loves hash, so this something new to try. Happy Sunday.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! Hope he enjoys it - my husband did :)

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  36. Thats a yummy looking dish, Susan. All my favorite things rolled into one. (I'll pass on the kale addition)
    I always forget about Kathleen's St. Patrick's day event. Used to take part, but haven't for years. Will go check it out just for fun.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! I loved all of the flavors mixed together.

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  37. Susan, this looks really good. I would definitely enjoy it.

    Happy belated St. Patrick's Day wishes to you.

    Velva

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    1. With the soft fried egg on top it would definitely make a great meal for two, Velva ;) Thanks!

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  38. I have never head of Colcannon, let alone with Brussels sprouts...but I know I will like this combination of potatoes and all the vegetables in it...and yes, bacon too!
    Thanks for this nice recipe Susan...have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Ha-ha. I had never heard of it before either until I started researching Irish recipes a few years ago for the blog :) Thank you, Juliana!

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  39. My kids go to Savanaha for the 3 day celebration including the parade for St. Pattys Day for the past few years.... They look forward to it every year!
    And your hash looks delicious !! Can't wait to try it! :)

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    1. I'd love to return to that area one day! Thank you, Anna and Liz!

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  40. Oh wow, you've got me with this one...I love Kerrygold cheese, and you've married all my favorite flavors...

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  41. This sounds like a perfect blend of all things Irish! I roasted my St Pat's dinner this year, instead of boiling it,and I liked it so much I will do the same next year. Have a very Happy Easter!

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  42. I did make a similar colcannon a couple weeks ago, Susan . . . . just regular cabbage, though. Brussels sprouts is a great idea. When I was researching the dish, I learned that in Ireland, bags of potatoes often have a recipe printed right on the bag!

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  43. Although I have never tasted Colcannon, I can say from the ingredients that you have included in this recipe, that it must taste wonderful! I can never get enough of hearty recipes like this, Susan! I remember the one and only time that I was in Chicago for St. Patrick's day (a funeral of all things for my entirely Irish uncle!) and I took my kids downtown to see the green river and got a "God's Spot" parking spot right beside the river! My kids have a wee-bit o' Irish in their veins and they really got a kick out of seeing that green river!

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