Colcannon is the perfect dish for St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day you’re craving true comfort food)!
Combining the flavors of sweet cabbage, fried onion, and creamy mashed potatoes create a traditional Irish dish that the whole family will love.
What Is Colcannon?
Cabbage and mashed potatoes! This recipe comes from Ireland and it’s a super cozy. Cabbage is an inexpensive ingredient and adds such a nice sweetness to almost any dish from haluski (cabbage and noodles) to soups and stews!
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 can be made with kale in place of cabbage but I personally prefer the softer sweeter flavor of cabbage. Colcannon is traditionally topped with melted butter (and we all know that mashed potatoes and butter are a match made in heaven).
POTATOES Just like when making mashed potatoes, use a good starchy baking potato. Our first choices are Russet potatoes or Yukon gold! Mash them with lots of butter, light or heavy cream.
While it’s not traditional, feel free to stir in your own favorites from sour cream to cream cheese. You can also make colcannon with leftover mashed potatoes!
CABBAGE Fried cabbage becomes tender and sweet. We use regular green cabbage in this recipe but you can use curly kale (about 1lb) or savoy cabbage in place of green cabbage if you’d like.
ONION Buttery fried onions seem to make almost any dish better! I use a white onion if it’s what I have on hand but leeks make this dish extra special. Leeks are mildly flavored and look like extra large green onions. You can find info about preparing leeks here. Any type of onions work in this colcannon recipe from green onions to white. Stir in a couple of minced garlic cloves if you’d like!
BUTTER & BACON Could anything be better?! I love the flavor bacon adds so if I have it on hand, I add it. I’ve made this many times with just butter and it’s equally delicious.
How To Make Colcannon
To make homemade colcannon:
- Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until fork-tender and drain well. Meanwhile, crisp bacon if using (it’s optional).
- Soften onion or leeks and cabbage in the bacon drippings until tender per the recipe below.
- Mash the potatoes with cream and butter. Taste and season with salt and black pepper. Fold in the cabbage and onion mixture.
Top this tasty dish with lots of butter, a sprinkle of parsley and/or crisp bacon. Heavenly.
What To Do With Leftover Colcannon
Colcannon will keep up to 3 days in the fridge in a container or covered. To reheat it, place it on the stovetop with a little cream to keep the consistency of the mashed potatoes.
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Colcannon Recipe (Cabbage and Potatoes)
- 3 pounds potatoes peeled & quartered
- ½ cup cream warmed
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 6 slices bacon optional, see note
- 1 white onion or 2 leeks
- ½ head of cabbage (approx. 6 cups)
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook potatoes 12-15 minutes or until fork tender.
- If using white onion, dice into ½-inch pieces. If using leeks, cut off the dark greens and discard. Thinly slice the whites and light green parts, rinse well. Set aside. Cut cabbage into 1-inch pieces.
- Meanwhile, if using, cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Set aside to cool, reserve drippings.
- Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the bacon drippings. If you are not using bacon, add 3 tablespoons of butter to a large skillet.
- Cook onion or leeks and cabbage over medium heat in the drippings or butter until onion is translucent and cabbage is tender.
- Once cooked, drain the potatoes and place them back into the warm pot. Mash potatoes with a potato masher adding cream and ¼ cup butter as needed. Season with salt and pepper.
- Gently fold together mashed potatoes, cabbage & onions. Top with additional melted butter if desired and crumbled bacon if using.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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