Turnip Greens Colcannon---Best Mashed Potatoes

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Author Notes: Turnip or daikon greens are delicious in this traditional Irish dish for spring and makes it available all year long. We always need a low-calorie version (explained here) made at the same time. Enjoy!BoulderGalinTokyo

Serves 6

  • 1 kilo Potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds), scrubbed
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 4 cups turnip greens or daikon* greens, soaked, then stems and leaves separated
  • 1 cup 2% milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • salt, lightly
  • 100 grams turnip (mild or sweet type such as Hakurei or Macomber), not peeled, chopped (for low-calorie portion)
  • 9 Tablespoons salted butter (the real stuff), about 1 1/2 Tablespoon/person, but the kids always want more...)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Scrub potatoes with a vegetable brush, and remove any eyes or cuts. Add potatoes and boil until soft, about 25 minutes (depends on the size of your potatoes). Remove potatoes from water to a colander and cover the pot to conserve heat. Cool potatoes somewhat, then pull skin off.
  2. Bring the potato water to a rolling boil, add stems, and bring back to a boil, then time for about one minute. Add leaves and boil another minute. When done, the greens should be tender, not mush, and color should still be green. Drain, and immediately put in a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes. Drain, lightly squeeze, chop in 1/4 inch pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, mash potatoes leaving some lumps. Add onion, milk and yogurt. Lightly salt (saltiness will come from the butter). Use pepper if you wish. If making alow-calorie portion, save 1/2 cup of greens with the turnip. Add the rest of greens to the potato bowl. Mix.
  4. Low Calorie Portion: Take out the proportion of potato mixture you want, say half or 25%, and put into a different bowl. Add the extra half cup of greens and the chopped turnip.
  5. To Serve: Melt butter in microwave or over low heat. Put potatoes on individual plates in a mound, depress the center with the back of a spoon. Fill center with melted butter. Each bite should have a little butter.
  6. Low-Calorie Portion has butter too. Just because. (Eliminated cream in potatoes) The point is not to deprive but to feel contentment so you won't desire butter the rest of the week.
  7. NOTES: I used Kita Akari and Piruka potato. Try combining some of the newer and less starchy varieties of potato on the market.
  8. *If using Daikon Greens, they will take an extra 1 or 2 minutes to cook depending on the thickness of the stems.
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almost 3 years ago LE BEC FIN

i used to think i hated all turnips, but have discovered the hakurei and macombers to be tasty. What a delicious way to get me to love turnips more!!


almost 3 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

I agree LBF, they have come up with some new tasty varieties. Would be great in those yummy spring rolls of yours!


almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Very clever!


almost 3 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

Thanks, boulangere, feels good coming from someone as inspired as you are!


almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love colcannon and I think I would love it even more with turnip greens, Nice!!


almost 3 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

Thank you so much, turnip greens add more crunch that just bolted greens.