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a bowl filled with creamy colcannon and butter
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Irish Colcannon

Sweet cabbage, creamy mashed potatoes, rich cream, and bright green onions combine to make this traditional Irish food that is both flavorful and filling.  Irish Colcannon is a traditional dish that is great for St. Patrick's Day or any day of the year!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: European
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 422kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 3 pounds yellow or red potatoes quartered
  • ¾ cup cream half-and-half, or whole milk
  • 8 Tablespoons butter divided
  • ½ head of green cabbage cored and chopped
  • 1-2 cups kale stems removed and discarded, leaves chopped (optional)
  • ½ cup green onions chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes, until fork tender.  When soft, drain the potatoes in a colander and set aside.
  • In the same pot that the potatoes were boiled in, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat.  Add the chopped cabbage, season with salt and pepper, and saute until the cabbage softens, around 5-7 minutes.  If you want to add kale as well (or use it instead of cabbage altogether), cook the kale for the last 3-4 minutes since it doesn't take as long to wilt as the cabbage does.  Add the chopped green onions for the last minute or two.  Transfer to a bowl.
  • Return the potatoes to the pot and mash them using a potato masher, then stir in the cream and 4 tablespoons of the remaining butter, reserving 2 tablespoons of butter for finishing the potatoes.  Stir in the cabbage and green onions, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Transfer the colcannon to a serving bowl and top with the remaining butter to melt over top.  Serve immediately.


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 1265mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2192IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg