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 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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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 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 feast that will fill the family and leave them feeling satisfied!

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 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 feast that will fill the family and leave them feeling satisfied!

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 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 feast that will fill the family and leave them feeling satisfied!

Colcannon (Cabbage and Potatoes)

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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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

Directions:

  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.

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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!

Holly

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!

50 comments on “Colcannon Recipe (Cabbage and Potatoes)”

  1. Colcannon potatoes look delicious!

  2. 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.

  3. Your recipes look DeeeLisssious!!!

  4. Yummm,your recipes look sooo DeeLisssous!!!

  5. I did the colcannon and it was amazing love these quick and easy recipes.

  6. Can’t wait to try your CABBAGE & POTATOES

  7. How do you cut/chop/shred the cabbage? I’ve never had this before.

  8. Gonna try them, looks delicious !

  9. is this dish served cold or hot?

  10. 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.

  11. If I use small yellow potatoes, can I leave the peel on?

  12. 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!

  13. 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”!

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

  15. I am definitely trying cabbage and potatoes this afternoon. looks delicious………….

  16. 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.

  17. I made these potatoes and I think they are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever ate….love them thanks…

    Rating: 5
  18. could use chicken instead of bacon??

    Rating: 4
  19. could use chicken instead of bacon??or ham would be good too maybe corn beef just a thought

  20. What kind of cream do I use

  21. 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!!

    Rating: 5
  22. This was so easy and yummy.

    Rating: 5
  23. We love this dish.  

    Rating: 5
  24. 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!

    Rating: 5
  25. Just made this it is beyond Delicious

    Rating: 5
  26. Nobody asked what the green sprinkles are as garnish? Parsley or green onions????

  27. Just finished the “Colcannon”, the cousins are going love this, so good and so easy!!

    Rating: 5
  28. 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!

  29. Great recipe

    Rating: 5
  30. 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!

    Rating: 5
  31. Can you freeze the leftovers?

  32. I was wondering if I can put leftover corned beef in instead of bacon?  Any thoughts?

    • 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!

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