Easy and delicious, this Irish-inspired Garlic Parmesan Colcannon is a great addition to any meal, or even a simple meal in itself!

Garlic Parmesan Colcannon #realfood #glutenfree #grainfree #irish #colcannonA first time for everything.

The first time I made colcannon I was having one of those “I don’t know what I’m doing for dinner” nights. So I just set some potatoes to boil while I brain-stormed. Isn’t that what most people do? Normal people? Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who does this…

While the potatoes were boiling away, I remembered a recipe I had seen for Irish colcannon. I don’t remember where I saw it, but it was probably Pinterest. Since I had potatoes ready to go and cabbage in the fridge, I decided now was the time to try it out.

Easy and delicious, this Irish-inspired Garlic Parmesan Colcannon is a great gluten-free addition to any meal, or even a simple meal in itself! RaiasRecipes.com

Colcannon.

If you’ve never had it before, colcannon is really a pretty simple dish. You simply boil potatoes and boil cabbage and mashed them together. Some versions add in things like ham, or bacon, or cream, but I don’t usually have any of those things on hand, so I just add in what I’ve got! Garlic and parmesan cheese.

If you’re dairy-free, you can easily leave out the parmesan, and exchange the butter and milk for broth or water from boiling the veggies. 

Easy and delicious, this Irish-inspired Garlic Parmesan Colcannon is a great gluten-free addition to any meal, or even a simple meal in itself! RaiasRecipes.com

Easy sides/meals.

After our first try, colcannon became one of my family’s favorite side dishes. Though truth be told, we never eat it as a side. It’s always a main dish. Also truth be told, most of my lunches consist of side dishes that I serve as main dishes. Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who does that, too!

Easy and delicious, this Irish-inspired Garlic Parmesan Colcannon is a great addition to any meal, or even a simple meal in itself! #realfood #glutenfree #grainfree #irish #colcannon

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Garlic Parmesan Colcannon

Free from grain, gluten, eggs, and sugar.

Ingredients

  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • 1 small head cabbage (or about 6 cups, chopped)
  • 1/2 c. milk, cream, stock or water from boiling
  • 1/4 c. butter (optional)
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. parmesan cheese (optional)
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

Slice potatoes into bite-sized chunks. In large pot, bring potatoes to a boil in just enough stock or water to cover. Reduce heat and simmer until tender.

Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes to a large bowl and smash/mash (I used my Kitchen Aid mixer, but you can use a hand masher, too) along with the butter, milk, and garlic.

In the same pot and water, add in the cabbage, covering with a little more water, if needed. Boil until tender.

Strain out water, and add cabbage to the mashed potatoes.

Add parmesan and salt to taste.

Enjoy.

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Easy and delicious, this Irish-inspired Garlic Parmesan Colcannon is a great gluten-free addition to any meal, or even a simple meal in itself! RaiasRecipes.com