Colcannon (super easy, kinda cheating way)

When the kiddos were young we would pick a country a month.  Twice during the month we would have food from that country.  The kiddos would have to find the country on the world map, find the country's flag and a few facts about the country.  Our friends would love to come over during our international evenings.  It was fun.  The kiddos learned and we all discovered favorite foods that we would have never tried otherwise.
This is one of those favorite foods.
I have the original recipe, which is pretty involved.  If any wants that one, just leave a comment and I will post it, but this one is pretty convenient (using pre-prepared food - it felt like cheating) and still tastes really good.
Colcannon is a potato and cabbage (or kale) mix with bacon or ham.  It is very good and traditional around Halloween. We had it tonight with the smothered pork chops and drop biscuits.  Lovely.
2 bags of steam and mash frozen potatoes OR 3 pounds potatoes, diced and peeled (if you peel potatoes - I don't)
1 bag tricolored cole slaw mix OR chopped kale
1 bunch green onions
6-10 slices of precooked bacon, rough chop OR diced ham
1 stick of butter
1 1/4 cup milk or half and half
salt and pepper if you are using fresh potatoes
If you are using fresh potatoes, boil in salted water for 12 minutes.  Add the cabbage to the water during the last 5 minutes.  Drain and put in a large bowl.
If you are using frozen potatoes, cook according to the package directions.  Cook the cabbage in the microwave on high for 4-5 minutes.  Put potatoes and cabbage in a large bowl.
To the potato mixture, add the remaining ingredients (you can heat the butter and milk if you want) and mash with a potato masher.  Serve hot.  You can make this in advance and reheat it in the oven or microwave.

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