I made it pretty much exactly as written, except after braising I put it all in the crock pot on high for 4-5 hours. Only other change is that I cooked the bacon in the microwave rather than a pan, and it was low-sodium bacon. Used a can of Guinness. Came out gorgeous - not bitter. Husband says it's a 5 star meal. One reviewer commented that it'd be better with more veg, and I agree - another couple carrots would be good. I'm glad I didn't reduce the broth, because I really like lots of broth with the colcannon. Husband prefers less broth, but that's easy enough to do when serving - just use a slotted spoon. Surprisingly the colcannon wasn't as nice on its own (I tried it out of curiosity). The cabbage stands out too much with its inconsistent texture. But with the stew, it's incredible.
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I made it pretty much exactly as written, except after braising I put it all in the crock pot...