There are a lot of recipes on the web for colcannon, some use kale, some cabbage, some have ham, some don't. I learned this version from a friend of mine. Its been a Halloween tradition in our house every year since. My kids love it, and my guests devour it. Even the ones who say "I don't really like cabbage." love this dish when they try it. We make it for Halloween, but its more popular on Saint Patrick's Day. I say its fabulous any time!