Colcannon Recipe

More than Potato Mash
More than Potato Mash
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5 Potatoes medium Yukon Gold potatoes about 1¾ pounds
Kosher Salt to taste
6 tbsp Unsalted butter divided
2 Leek white and pale-green parts only, sliced in half lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
2 cloves Garlic thinly sliced
2 cups Savoy cabbage shredded from about ¼ large head, divided
1¼ cups Milk
½ cup Heavy cream
Black pepper to taste
1 Scallions thinly sliced

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Colcannon Recipe


This Colcannon Recipe is the well-known Irish dish, best described as a potato, kale, butter and milk mash, however, in my recipe I substitute kale with Savoy cabbage and thinly sliced leek for extra heartiness and depth of flavor.

I use one cup of wilted cabbage and 1 cup of raw cabbage that brings light, crunchy texture in between the smooth yet coarsely mashed potatoes.

To make Colcannon Recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Colcannon Recipe

Steps to make Colcannon Recipe


Boil potatoes


In a small pot of salted water that covers 5 medium potatoes, bring to a medium-high boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer for about 30-40 minutes until potatoes are softened and slice through easily. Drain and allow to cool before peeling.


Cook leeks


In a large saucepan over medium heat melt 4 tablespoons of butter and add 2 thinly sliced leeks. Cook for about 8-10 minutes until extremely soft.


Add garlic


Add 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves and cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes until aromatic and leeks begin to brown.


Add cabbage


Add 1 cup of thinly sliced cabbage and cook, constantly stirring, until cabbage has wilted.


Add milk and cream


Pour in 1¼ cups of milk and ½ cup of heavy cream and stir through. Bring to a simmer.


Add potatoes and cabbage


Add boiled and peeled potatoes and the remaining 1 cup of uncooked cabbage.




Using a potato masher, coarsely mash the mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste.




Serve in a large salad bowl with 2 tablespoons of butter and a few sprinkles of scallions on top.

I can eat this Colcannon Recipe by the spoonful and you can be sure the bowl gets licked clean, everytime. Let us know what you think of this traditionally Irish dish and tag #cookmerecipes online when you try our recipes!

Nina dreams of gender equality and for women all over the world to feel empowered and enjoy the same freedom she has. She’s a careful consumer, believing that by being more conscious about the way we live we can make the world a better place! Already a vegetarian, she uses animal products sparingly and tries to produce as little waste as possible. Most of her recipes are vegan as a result!

Recipe Reviews

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Total Reviews: 9
Janiya Mettert

Made this for my mom and she was in love with the recipe, she added a few bacon bits in her potatoes though.

Maryam Tennesen

Thank you for sharing this! I made it for lunch yesterday and added some sourcream to it, very good.

Charity Begnoche

I'd recommend adding some sort of meat to the colcannon recipe as it's a bit plain without it.

Andie Sturza

Love this and the baked hasselback potatoes a bunch! Really great with some meat and a garlic powder.

Nathalie Kaczkowski

I love how this turned out, very easy to make and looks just like the photos which is what I was aimming for, thanks.

Mercy Abramson

Nice recipe but there's just too much lacking in this meal for me, I'm a fan of meat and there is none--also the taste is really dull compared to the Keema aloo with potatoes dish.

Leilah Gauze

Easy to make, takes a bit of time but totally worth it since it taste so good, also taste just fine the next day.

Nahla Mastropolo

Well made recipe, it was very simple to follow the instructions and it turned out quite delicious.


Well done! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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