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Champ vs. Colcannon

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Champ vs. Colcannon

thursday | Feb 20, 2009 08:34 PM

I grew up in a family that was very Irish-proud but somewhat generationally removed from the Old Country. We always had corned beef and what my mom called Colcannon for St. Pat's--her Colcannon being basically cabbage, onions and potatoes cooked in the corned beef broth, sometimes carrots too. When I lived in Ireland, I often had champ that friends' mothers and trad restaurants served--mashed potatoes with kale and sometimes onions mixed in. And then today I saw a recipe for Colcannon that basically was mashed potatoes with cabbage. So, um, what's what? What's the difference between champ and colcannon, and was my mom's thing just lazy veggies or does it have a place in "Irish" cuisine?

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