PICTURE: DEB LINDSEY for The Washington Post
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage — as well as the name of a song about the dish

Turnip Colcannon

(Serves 6)
This makes a nice, low-carb change from potatoes. Instead of the traditional cabbage or kale, the greens from the turnips are used.

  • One large bunch turnips with greens attached 
  • Course salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • Separate the turnips from their greens. 
  • Rinse the greens well, then coarsely chop them. 
  • Peel the turnips, then coarsely chop them.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. 
  • Add a generous pinch or two of salt. 
  • Add the turnips and cook (uncovered) for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are soft. 
  • Add the greens to the pot; cook for about 3 minutes; by this time the turnips should be quite soft and the greens should be bright green and tender.
  • Drain the turnips and greens in a colander and then return to the empty pot (off the heat). 
  • Add the butter and heavy cream, then use a potato masher to crush everything together. 
  • Season lightly with salt and serve hot.