Colcannon Recipe (Cabbage and Potatoes)


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Colcannon is the perfect dish for St. Patrick’s Day! Combining the flavors of sweet cabbage, fried onion and creamy mashed potatoes creates a traditional Irish dish that will fill the family and leave them feeling satisfied!

Colcannon garnished with butter and bacon

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Cabbage and potatoes go together like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese!  It’s just a perfect marriage of flavors, in fact, cabbage is perfect in pretty much any dish!

I think most of us have enjoyed cabbage in a traditional Cabbage Roll recipe or even just simply fried and mixed with noodles but I have to admit, this recipe definitely tops my list! Colcannon is an easy, comforting and absolutely delicious dish!

Colcannon being prepared in a glass mixing bowl

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish consisting of cabbage and onion (or leeks) fried until tender and gently folded into rich and creamy mashed potatoes (I add a little bit of bacon too). This makes the most amazing side dish with ham or corned beef, but it’s so good, I happily eat it as a meal too!

This dish is made with either kale or cabbage. I personally prefer cabbage but if you like kale (or happen to have it on hand) feel free to swap it in!  While it’s optional, I like to serve my Colcannon somewhat traditionally and top it with with melted butter.

Colcannon served with a wooden spoon

This recipe is a great way to stretch your grocery budget without sacrificing taste! I love to serve this year round, but it is the perfect recipe for St. Patrick’s Day (although it’s most often served at Halloween)! Should you have leftovers, you can make some amazing potato cakes the next day or even top a shepherd’s pie!

Colcannon in a large bowl and served with a wooden spoon

4.82 from 11 votes
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Colcannon (Cabbage and Potatoes)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly N.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Colcannon is the perfect dish for St. Patrick’s Day! Combining the flavors of sweet cabbage, fried onion and creamy mashed potatoes creates a traditional Irish dish that will fill the family and leave them feeling satisfied!

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs yellow or red potatoes , peeled & quartered
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 white onion , diced
  • 1/2 head of cabbage (approx. 6 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted

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Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook potatoes 12-15 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large pan until crisp. Set aside to cool, reserve drippings.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the bacon drippings. Cook onion and cabbage over medium heat in drippings until onion is translucent and cabbage is tender.
  4. Mash potatoes adding cream and 1/4 cup butter as needed. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Gently fold together mashed potatoes, cabbage & onions and chopped bacon. Top with additional melted butter if desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 435, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 307mg, Potassium: 1150mg, Carbohydrates: 35g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 10g, Vitamin A: 15.5%, Vitamin C: 66.6%, Calcium: 11.9%, Iron: 43.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Colcannon served in a bowl and garnished with bacon bits

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Colcannon is the perfect dish for St. Patrick's Day! Combining the flavors of sweet cabbage, fried onion and creamy mashed potatoes creates a traditional Irish dish that will fill the family and leave them feeling satisfied!
Colcannon is the perfect dish for St. Patrick's Day! Combining the flavors of sweet cabbage, fried onion and creamy mashed potatoes creates a traditional Irish dish that will fill the family and leave them feeling satisfied!

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  1. My being Vegan; I made it this way:

    • 1-Small head Cabbage
    • 6-yellow potatoes
    • 5-6 sprigs of parsley
    • 1 medium-size parsnip
    • 3 cloves of fresh garlic
    • 1/2 medium-size yellow onion
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
    • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 &1/2 teaspoon of snipped Fresh Basil

    Directions: • Dice (very small) All Veggies
    (Do NOT BOIL Potatoes)

    • Place enough Olive Oil to
    completely cover bottom
    of fry pan.

    • Place all Veggies in fry pan
    with cabbage on top. Saute
    for about 20-25 minutes but
    Stirring about every 6 or 7
    minutes, until veggies are
    tender but not too soft.

    • Place on Serving Dish and
    Sprinkle Salt, Pepper and
    the snipped Basil on top.

    • Makes 4 Servings

  2. This is a Great Recipe for Vegans as well.
    I just diced (instead of mashed) small peeled yellow potatoes, instead … (No butter or cream/milk) The Olive Oil is plenty of moisture … so this dish doesn’t even taste “dry” at all! I also left out of the recipe any meat that is called for.
    Experiment and try adding one or more of these: diced parsnips or cauliflower; leeks; kale; red pepper seeds; snipped fresh basil leaves; celery seed and/or Spring onions! Delicious!

    1. I’ve only tried the recipe as written, but think that would work. You’d want to increase the butter since there won’t be any bacon drippings. Let us know how it works out for you!

  3. This was delicious! I added five clothes of garlic into the water  to boil with the potatoes . The potatoes only need to be cooked eight minutes and I used red potatoes.  I also added yellow mustard seed into the cabbage, super yummy thanks for the recipe!

  4. I made this last year for St. Patty’s Day. It was so very delicious! I’m making it again today! I have been looking forward to it!

  5. We had an annual St Patrick’s Day dinner last night (a week early). Our friends LOVED this dish! It was so so easy and delicious. It’s a keeper for all year round. Versatile too!

  6. This recipe is delicious…I have made a few times now since reading it!! I do add garlic to it and more onions , but that is just a tweak. The leftovers were wonderful and a ‘changed them up’ by adding a bit of flour and and egg and making little pancakes and frying them up in a pan…Yum. Thank you!!

  7. What size and shape baking pan or dish, please? Would a double recipe work for a half steam pan? Want to make for 200+ people. Thanks.

  8. Loved these! I actually just used store bought mashed potatoes and folded the rest of the ingredients right in. Super easy!

  9. I just made the colcannon….I have never had it or made it before, but my family really enjoyed it! It will be going into the “rotation”!

  10. This was very good and I will make it often! I looked up various versions and I’m pleased I saw this one first because it was delicious!

  11. I made this for St Pats dinner last night. Right before I served it, I put into a oven safe dish, put four pats of butter on top and broiled to a beautiful crispy golden brown. SO GOOD. This morning, I didn’t add anything, just scooped up small handfuls, patted them flat and fried in butter. OMG these just can’t be bad anyway you cook them.

      1. To make ahead of time should I mix and store then reheat at time to serve OR prep and store, heat and mix then serve.

  12. Makes me miss my mom, who makes a killer version but is 600 miles away right now. Waah! But this looks good enough to taste like home away from home! Awesome recipe.