Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage)

Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage)

Friends impact our lives in more ways than one. I remember a time when St. Patrick’s Day was just another day until I became good friends with K who is of Irish descent. We both share the love of tea, soy, and simple but wholesome foods. She introduced me to the world of organics and many ingredients that I would not otherwise have tried, like spelt flour, carob chips, and agave nectar to name a few. Because of my friendship with her, I am now more aware of things Irish.

For the past two years since I started this food blog, I have joined the St. Paddy’s Day Parade hosted by The Daily Spud. This year, the parade is taking a break but our celebration continues. I prepared Soda Bread and Corned Beef and Cabbage as I have done so for the past several years. A Facebook fan mentioned Colcannon and it piqued my interest. When I saw the recipe over at Wives with Knives, I knew I had to give it a try. Cathy’s Colcannon recipe is a good one from her great grandmother.

Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage)

Most Colcannon recipes call for the cabbage to be boiled. I like this one because the cabbage is simply stir-fried until barely tender. The mashed potatoes is one that I have always made. For the original recipe, please visit Wives with Knives and do say “hi” to Cathy for me.

Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage)
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into ¼-inch strips
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1½ lbs (675g) cabbage, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
Mashed Potatoes
  • 1½ lbs (675g) potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp (30g) butter
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup (120ml) warm milk
  1. Boil cubed potatoes in a medium sized pot together with 1 cup water. When water comes to a boil, season with salt. Reduce heat and allow it to cook for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are very soft. Turn off heat. Most of the water would have been absorbed but if there is excess liquid, drain it.
  2. Add butter, mustard powder, and pepper. Pour in warm milk. Mash potatoes with a potato masher. Set aside.
  3. Fry bacon in a large pan until almost crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain excess fat, leaving just a tablespoon. Stir in green onions followed immediately by cabbage until just tender, about 3 minutes. Turn off heat.
  4. Add mashed potatoes and give it a quick gentle stir.
  5. Remove and serve immediately.

Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage)

Here are the other two recipes for St. Patrick’s Day or any day. Simply click on the link or picture to view the recipe.

Green Peas Mashed Potato Pancakes

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. says

    I ate a lot of colcannon last week and your lovely post has made me hungry for it all over again. Your pictures are wonderful. I think this is my all-time favorite potato recipe. Many thanks for the link back to my blog.

    • Biren says

      Thanks Cathy for another excellent recipe! I hope I did your great grandmother’s recipe justice. It was delicious and the family enjoyed it very much. :)

  2. Jeannie says

    Looks as good as Cathy’s I actually like the broiled cabbage too, a change from crunchy stir fried type.:) Those bacon must add lots of flavor to this calcannon huh!

  3. Dongxing says

    Funnily enough, my version is like yours, ie, stir frying the cabbage quickly. I personally prefer this version anytime as I am not keen on boiled (I should say overboiled!) cabbage that I often associate with colcannon… Also, I’d much preferred to use the sweeter sweetheart cabbage. In any case, I like this dish, especially when we have too much left over mashed potatoes. I like your picture which shows the lovely green!

  4. says

    I need to find an Irish friend! 😛 …no it’s ok, I can always refer to your blog :)

    It is my first time seeing mashed potatoes cooked with cabbage. Interesting…

  5. says

    I’ve never had much Irish food except for a lot of fish and chips, so this recipe is new to me. I’m a huge mashed potato fan and love cabbage as long as it’s not overcooked, so this recipe looks great to me! And it’s got bacon! :)


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