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We grew swiss chard in our garden this summer. When it came time to harvest I was looking for a new recipe to use it in. I came across a recipe for colcannon that I just had to try. The whole family really enjoyed it. You can serve with butter, but we think it’s just fine without.

 • 2 slices of bacon (optional)
 • 6 potatoes (we used yellow fleshed
   potatoes, but any potato that you like
   to mash will work)
 • 2 to 4 cups of chopped cabbage, kale or
   swiss chard (swiss chard ‘melts’ a
   little more when you cook it, so you may
   wish to use more of it).
 • 4 spring onions or 2 shallots, chopped
 • ˝ cup low fat sour cream
 • ˝ cup skim milk
 • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped ham
 1.  Peel potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
     and boil in a pot of water for 20
     minutes (as if you’re making mashed
     potatoes). You could leave the peels on
     if you would like the health benefits of the potato skins.
 2.  While the potatoes are boiling, heat a frying pan to medium. Slice the bacon into small pieces and fry
     in the pan until the crispiness you prefer.
 3.  If you are not using bacon, add 1 Tbsp cooking oil (olive or canola oil) to the pan. If you are using
     bacon, the bacon drippings will be your oil. Add the cabbage, kale or swiss chard to the pan. If using
     ham, chop into bite sized cubes and add to the pan. Add the onions/shallots to the pan about a minute
     into cooking.
 4.  If you did not use bacon or ham, add about ˝ tsp of salt – both meats are salty so do not add any
     additional salt if you are using either of them. Saute until greens are wilted – I don’t like to
     overcook my greens so I stop when they have just wilted but some people like them cooked down more –
     cooking time should be somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes on medium heat. Turn off the heat and they can
     just sit while you’re working on the potatoes.
 5.  Drain the water from the potatoes. Add ˝ cup sour cream and ˝ cup skim milk and mash them well.
 6.  Add the greens to the mashed potatoes and stir them well.


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