Fabulous Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage) Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Fabulous Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage) Recipe

Fabulous Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage)

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"This is not the traditional colcannon, a mashed potato and cabbage dish from Ireland. I have spiced it up and put my own spin on it, but it is WONDERFUL comfort food. Cheap and easy. I top it with cheese and serve as a main dish."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, set heat to medium-low, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir milk, mayonnaise, and butter into potatoes. Mash with a potato masher until smooth.
  3. Cook and stir bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Stir onion, garlic, and cayenne pepper into bacon and drippings and cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir cabbage and water into onion mixture until cabbage is wilted, about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
  6. Fold cabbage mixture into mashed potatoes.
  7. Cook and stir ham pieces in the same skillet used for cabbage mixture until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Stir cooked ham into mashed potato and cabbage mixture until combined.
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Mar 17, 2012

I have made this tonight for dinner for family and friends. I cooked the spuds on the cook top as the 1st part of this recipe. All the other cooking I did in the microwave. Faster, easier and less time involved. This tasted great. Will make this often. Thank you Ashley for what will become a favourate. Spuds don't need to be boring, just really tasty like this recipe.

Jan 12, 2013

I love to make this. It's so simple


16 Ratings

Feb 05, 2013

Yum! Not only is this cheap to make, it's equally easy to throw together and surprisingly filling too. Although fine as is, I do have one suggestion for improvement. Instead of slicing your cabbage, I suggest you chop it. Both my hubs and I agree that chopped or finely shredded cabbage (i.e. the pre-packaged stuff) would be a better choice for this dish. It would cook quicker (as is, my cabbage was a *tad* crunchy - and I even cooked it longer than directed) and incorporate MUCH better with the potatoes. I guess this is a matter of preference, but it is a definite must for my hubs and I. And for the one reviewer who thought this was bland... Bah! The key is s&p and LOTS of it. :) It's a shame this only has three reviews. Hopefully others will follow suit and soon discover this wonderful gem and add their positive comments for others to see! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Ashley! :-)

Feb 14, 2014

I just made this for dinner tonight and was very happy with it. I probably didn't follow the recipe directions to a T (I read it then just go by memory) and I left out the cayenne pepper because my kids won't touch anything spicy in any way. Otherwise I used all the same ingredients and it was very tasty! I salted my water when boiling the potatoes and salted my cabbage a bit when adding it to the pan and it definitely was not bland at all. My kids are already begging for more!

Apr 01, 2013

Made this using leftover corned beef, fried cabbage and mashed potatoes. Added a pinch of red pepper and topped with shredded sharp cheddar. We enjoyed the original recipe as well as the improvised version. A handy go-to!

Apr 03, 2014

We think this is the bomb! A great mix of flavors and a meal in one dish - no need for anything else. Did not vary anything except for the use Greek Yogurt in place of mayo and a little more than half a pack of pre-shredded cabbage (will use the whole package next time). Yummmmm

Mar 15, 2014

This a family favorite. I do shred some cheddar to sprinkle on top, per another review's suggestion. Love this with our home grown caraflex cabbage, but with plain old grocery store stuff it is still yummy comfort food.

Mar 12, 2014

I thought this was very tasty. I didn't have ham, so just used bacon, but it was very good without it. The cayenne pepper is a plus!


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  • Calories
  • 343 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 5.8 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 12.8 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 585 mg
  • 23%

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

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