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Easy Irish Colcannon Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Easy Irish Colcannon

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"Traditional Irish potato dish, very easy to make. Bear in mind that the UK and Ireland weren't exactly known for their cuisine, but for authenticity, this is what you want. For unauthentic but enhanced flavor, you can add bacon bits, or Cheddar cheese, or both."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Place the potatoes, cabbage, and green onions into a large sauce pan, fill with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the vegetables and place into a large bowl. Mash the potatoes and vegetables with the butter using a fork until the mixture is chunky, pouring in half-and-half gradually as you mash. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 19, 2010

Made this recipe for a St. Patrick's Day party and the family loved it! The only change I made was adding one clove of garlic to the mash. :-) Good the next day too.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 22, 2012

Kind of bland but then Colcannon is that way. It's meant as a neutral side to a meat entree. That said, I don't like cheese or bacon mixed into the dish.

Mar 13, 2012

I increased the milk/butter just a touch and I threw in a half pound of crumbled crisp bacon. Comfort food at it's best. I made Guinness Corned Beef to go with it. Excellent meal.

Mar 18, 2010

This was wonderful! All three of my children LOVED it, including the baby! I did add the bacon AND colby cheese for a little extra flavor, but it definitely didn't need flavor. I will make this our new favorite cabbage recipe and will also make it every St. Patty's day week. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Mar 07, 2011

Caulcannon was a regular dish in my house when I was growing up in Canada, but my Irish mother also added other root vegetables such as carrots, turnip and rutabaga. It's a great way to get kids to eat vegetables. My kids loved it and now make it in their own homes. We also don't use any milk products only butter and salt and pepper.

Mar 18, 2010

I was told no Corned Beef on St. Patrick's Day but the Irish in me wanted to do something festive. I found this recipe and it was delicious! I only made half of the recommended serving amount and prepared it as a side dish. I did not use half-and-half but just added a little bit of milk at the end as well as a spoon full of sour cream. I also added crumbled bacon. It was perfect and a HUGE hit with my picky family!!!!

Nov 30, 2010

Good recipe, we save half the raw onions and add them after cooking the way my Nana did to give it a little more bite, and my kids like it with beef gravy on the side. My mum used to call this Irish welfare food, it's what they ate when there was no money for meat...real traditional St Pats food.

Dec 29, 2010

Wow. Good colcannon! The half-half makes it ultra creamy! I made a few adjustments for my subsequent meals. Chicken broth and 1 TB of butter instead of cream and 1/4 cup butter. I am trying to watch the hips, and it still tastes as good! I dash some nutmeg on it to, which is a great flavor with this dish.


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  • Calories
  • 272 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 10.4 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 9.2 g
  • 37%
  • Protein
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 178 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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