hide under a blanket of this: colcannon with leeks

Today kind of sucks. It’s grey outside and I feel sluggish. Spending the rest of the day under a heavy wool blanket pulled over my head is pretty tempting right now. Instead, I’ll write about this dish I made a couple of weeks ago. Just looking at it is almost enough to pull me out of the doldrums….almost.

Colcannon also known as bubble n’ squeak is pure comfort food…potatoes and cabbage and a nice amount of butter to make the lumps go down easy. I decided to play with the good ol’ Irish standby of Colcannon and its close relative Champ (which is potatoes mixed with chives or green onions) which have the onion-y bite that I love. For the onion-y bits, I used leeks instead seeing that it’s a good, solid winter vegetable and can be found cheap and plentiful this time of year in local markets. I also never peel potatoes because I love that extra texture (and nutrients!) from the skin. Plus, since I used red potatoes, the jackets make the dish extra pretty.

Now, this should be a side dish served alongside of some sausages or roast chicken. But not for me. I like a mound of this served in a bowl, no other supplements needed. Like I said before, this is comfort food and for me, eating this along while watching some trashy television (like ANTM, for instance) is like being huddled under a giant woolen blanket. It’s good company for the blahs.

28 comments to “hide under a blanket of this: colcannon with leeks”

  1. 1
    bellcurves   March 14, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    oh, this looks great! it is definitely comfort food!

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    linda   March 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    too funny ~ I posted about bubble and squeak this morning 😀

    Your colcannon looks delicious…. and very saint paddys day appropriate!

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    Sylvie   March 15, 2008 at 2:31 am

    That looks so comforting and yummy.

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    Bijoux   March 15, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Although I seldom buy potatoes or cook with potatoes (hubbie’s diabetic), I do love eating them. I find mashed potatoes (and fried)to be my favourite! I’m also a fan of leeks, so this dish is perfect for me to indulge in a (long overdue) potato dish 🙂

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    Stacy   March 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    i LOVE colcannon. and it is that irish time of year after all…

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    Anonymous   March 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    That does look awesome. Thanks for the post. I think I’m going to make some this weekend.

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    Scarlett   March 15, 2008 at 5:35 pm


    A quick goof to point out though – it oughtta be “its” not “it’s” in the following sentence:

    it’s close relative Champ

    it’s = it is
    its = possessive form of “it”

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    Dawna   March 15, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Your colcannon looks lovely, but I think you are mistaken to call it “also known as” Bubble and Squeak. Bubble and Squeak is actually fried – although the main constituents are largely the same – potato and cabbage with onion and leek – it is usually made from the leftovers of a Sunday night dinner. A good Bubble and Squeak will have a nice golden crust from being fried in butter, and has an almost roesti-like appearance.

    You could certainly make a wicked one out of your leftovers, though…

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    Bijoux   March 16, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I made this dish last night and it was fantastic! There are plenty of leftovers for today too 🙂

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    kickpleat   March 16, 2008 at 11:27 am

    bellcurves, it definitely is 🙂

    i saw your post linda, looked great!

    thanks sylvie, it was!

    bijoux, glad you made and loved these and so happy you took the potato plunge 😉

    sun rae, it’s definitely the perfect time of year for this dish.

    ah scarlett, you caught my flub. thanks.

    i had no idea, dawna. now, i wish i had leftovers!

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    Jacqueline   March 16, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I am with you, this needs nothing alongside it, just plenty of black pepper on top!

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    Cakespy   March 16, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    This does look like some lovely comfort food. Today (sunday) kind of sucks too.

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    Muse in the Kitchen   March 16, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see what bubble n’ squeak looked like, and your recipe looks lovely! My husband loves leeks, so this would be a good one to try.


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    LyB   March 17, 2008 at 5:43 am

    I just love potatoes and leeks, that would certainly be the best comfort food for me! Looks totally delicious!

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    michelle @ TNS   March 17, 2008 at 11:52 am

    somehow, i just learned about colcannon this year. i don’t know why i haven’t made it yet, but i know i will soon.

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    Cookie baker Lynn   March 17, 2008 at 11:58 am

    That’s bubble and squeak? I’d somehow always pictured a hamster pie or something. That looks like a very comforting dish and especially good with the leeks.

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    Jen   March 17, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    This looks great! I have some leeks & potatoes leftover from the St. Paddy’s day cooking projects & will have to give this a try.

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    rawbean   March 17, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I was just thinking to myself “what am I going to eat?” then I randomly came across your blog. I will bookmark you.

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    jen   March 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Oh god, that looks gooooood. It’s only appropriate that, living in Ireland, I should whip up a dish of this scrumptious stuff immediately 🙂

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    barred owl   March 19, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    hi there, long time reader first time commenter

    i just wanted to give you some mad props and let you know that i started a new blog called http://barredowl.wordpress.com
    where i will be posting about food and birds and restaurants and other fun stuff!


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    kickpleat   March 21, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    cakespy, this is true comfort food…perfect for any crappy sunday (or anyday!)

    muse, try it out, i’m sure you’ll love it!

    indeed it is, lyb!

    michelle, i’ve seen a lot of it around lately too. but it is the season for it!

    haha, lynn! hilarious.

    veg*, this would be great with any leftover st patrick’s day projects. actually, i love that you have food related st. paddy’s day projects! awesome.

    thanks rawbean, glad i could help!

    jen, you must!!

    barred owl, thanks for the mad props indeed and congrats on the new blog!

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    aria   March 25, 2008 at 1:00 am

    bubble and squeak and antm i cant think of any better!!

    looks fantastically delicious. i heart leeks so much….

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    Gemma   March 25, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Mmm… I know what I am going to do with my leftover potatos!

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    Neen   March 26, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Happiness in a bowl. Potatoes, leeks, and butter… who could ask for more?

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    eatme_delicious   March 27, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Yum that does look like quite awesome comfort food.

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    Beth   March 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for this recipe–I made it tonight for dinner and it was so delicious! We had it with chicken sausages and March Madness basketball on the tv.

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    Sven   June 30, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Good Job! 🙂

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    Nic   October 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Yum yum YUM! My flatmate and I made this for a potluck luncheon last weekend and it was absolutely delicious. The leftovers made excellent company for a late-night study session, too.

    Thanks so much for posting! ^^

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