Irish Colcannon Bombs are a mix of mashed potatoes and kale stuffed with Irish cheddar, rolled into balls, breaded and fried. In other words, potatoes surrounding a “bomb” of melted cheese.
So this recipe actually started with me picturing the video image of melted cheese inside a fried ball of mashed potatoes. Video gets attention these days so I’m going with it. I mean given the choice I’d much rather scroll through my Facebook feed filled with food videos instead of political posts. Who’s with me?
Watch how to make Irish Colcannon Bombs:
If you’ve never heard of Irish Colcannon it’s mashed potatoes mixed with kale or cabbage. We do occasionally have mashed potatoes leftover and I’m always wondering what to do with them. I needed a couple of St. Patrick’s Day recipes on the blog for this season and so that’s how this recipe was born. My son was my taste tester for this new recipe and he says you will love them.
Tips for making Irish Colcannon Bombs:
- Use a cookie scoop like this one to help shape the mashed potato balls
- Cut your Irish cheddar into small cubes – about 1/2-inch across
- Fry the potato bombs in small batches – a crowded pan makes it harder to brown the potatoes evenly on all sides
- Cold mashed potatoes work best for this recipe
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Irish Colcannon Bombs
Irish Colcannon Bombs are a mix of mashed potatoes and kale stuffed with Irish cheddar, rolled into balls, breaded and fried. In other words, potatoes surrounding a "bomb" of melted cheese.
- 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 cup canned kale (Glory Foods) drained and chopped
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup green onions finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces Irish cheddar cheese, cubed
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
In a large bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, kale, egg, green onions, 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs and salt until smooth
Use a small cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoon capacity) to scoop a mound of colcannon potatoes and roll one cheese cube into the center. Repeat the process until you have used all the mashed potato (colcannon) mixture.
Roll each mashed potato ball to coat in Panko bread crumbs.
Pour vegetable oil into a pan so it is about 1/2-inch deep. Heat oil to between 365 - 375 degrees.
Add the Irish Colcannon Bombs to the oil, 4 - 5 at a time (don't crowd the pan). Fry on first side until golden brown. Flip and fry on second side until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towel lined plate.
Whisk together the Dijon mustard and maple syrup and drizzle over the mashed potato balls. Serve immediately.
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