My married name is Stewart, and St. Patrick’s Day at our house is no minor holiday. I saw Bon Appetit’s colcannon recipe in a lineup St. Patrick’s Day fare. It looked hearty and good for a crowd, and it was. After the festivities, I set out to create a healthier, everyday easy weeknight version. This dish I’ve come up with is light and sweet, with a nice dose of healthy fat.
Colcannon traditionally combines two inexpensive ingredients, mashed potatoes and cabbage, to make a filling, delicious side dish. On the internet, it seems there are as many versions as there are cooks in Ireland and beyond. This one uses softened and crunchy cabbage, as well as garlic and leeks for extra depth. The original recipe calls for white potatoes, cream and butter – I’ve replaced those with sweet potatoes, coconut oil and coconut milk for a much healthier take on this Irish comfort food.