Colcannon Recipe (Cabbage and Potatoes)


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Colcannon is the perfect dish for St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day you’re craving the best ever comfort food)! 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!

This dish makes a great side dish served with Corned Beef or a perfectly glazed honey ham.

Colcannon garnished with butter and bacon

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The Perfect Combination

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

A Traditional Irish Dish

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 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

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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.
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 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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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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