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It’s always fun to learn about holiday traditions that are not your own. What’s even more exciting is finding recipes for holidays not typically thought of as culinary occasions. Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish eaten on Halloween. Its is delicious and festive. We made ours into cakes with left over mashed potatoes, kale, and topped it with roasted squash.

3 cups chilled mashed potatoes
2 cups chopped cooked cabbage (or other leftover veggie of choice)
1/2 cup finely shredded carrots or chopped cooked carrots
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

In large bowl, stir together mashed potatoes, cabbage, carrots, flour, eggs, thyme, and garlic powder until well-blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat about 1 tablespoon safflower oil in large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Form cakes (about 1/4 cup) and drop into skillet; flatten with spatula or back of spoon to create 3- to 4-inch diameter pancake about 1/4-inch thick.

Cook over medium heat about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden. (You may need to add another tablespoon of butter when cooking the other side.) Repeat with remaining batter, cooking pancakes in about 1 tablespoon of oil per batch or side. Serve with desired topper and enjoy. Yields 12 to 16 pancakes.


Recipe adapted from