Halloween Dinner Sorted

Colcannon, is a traditional Irish Halloween classic, and whether it brings back fond memories or childhood trauma its as part of Samhain as Barmbrack.

Traditionally, prizes or coins were often hidden in colcannon, which were said to predict the diners' futures. The witches left coins wrapped in tinfoil for all good children to find.   Love it or hate, this simple recipe is an ideal one to make with the kids. You''ll find all the ingredients in a selection of Stillorgan Village stores including, Donnybrook Fair, Fenelon's Butchers and Tesco.

Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe

Serves 8 

  • 2kg or 8-10  potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 500g curly kale
  • 125g salted butter
  • 150ml milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • Fried Eggs (optional)


  1. Place the potatoes into a pot of cold, salted water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until tender. Drain the potatoes, then return to the pot.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, roughly chop the kale. Place in a pot of cold, salted water and bring to the boil. Cook for three to five minutes or until the kale is just cooked – you don't want it to overcook, which is a classic mistake. Drain the kale.
  3. Add the butter and milk to the potatoes and mash until smooth and creamy. Mix through a pinch of salt and pepper, then taste; you may need to add a little more butter, milk or seasoning, depending on your preferences.
  4. Mix through the onions and serve immediately.
  5. Place a soft fried egg on top of the mound for a truly authentic experience.
  6. Serve with Bacon or simply enjoy it as a vegetarian meal.