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Colcannon ~ Traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage, and green onions…and butter.Colcannon ~ Traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage and green onions...and butter ~ The Complete Savorist This dish might sound utterly dull, boring, and plain. But I promise you it is anything but. I had it for the first time a few years ago at a St. Patrick’s day dinner. I was instantly on board because I love cabbage and mashed potatoes and together it just had to be amazing. And it really was.

This is one of those dishes that is done in 30 minutes or so. The most tedious portion was peeling the potatoes. The cabbage cooks while the potatoes are boiling and I use an electric mixer to whip my potatoes, making the job utterly easy.

I might have eaten more than my fair share of Colcannon. It’s rare that I pass on the protein in favor of potatoes, but that’s exactly what happened with this tasty bit. I didn’t mind at all either. Although there was a downside. When I was tucking my daughter into bed, the full-potato belly caught up with me and somewhere during the story we were reading I nodded off. Poor Elizabeth nudged me a few times just to finish the book. She told me I should just go to bed. Girl, don’t I wish.

I am certain I will be making this dish more than once a year at St. Patrick’s day. Colcannon is just that good.
Colcannon ~ Traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage and green onions...and butter ~ The Complete Savorist Colcannon ~ Traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage and green onions...and butter ~ The Complete Savorist This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links below and make a purchase using the link, I’ll receive a penny or two, which helps maintain this site. I promise to make links relevant to the content you are reading.

Yields 6

Colcannon
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Ingredients

  • 4 russets; peeled and cubed
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 1/2 head cabbage; chopped
  • 6 tbsp butter; divided 3/3
  • 3/4 c cream
  • 6-8 green onions; thinly sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add the potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  3. Drain and add them to a large bowl.
  4. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2-3 tbsp of butter.
  5. Once the butter has melted add the cabbage and sauté until the cabbage softens, about 5-7 minutes, season with salt and pepper.
  6. Using a potato masher or a stand mixer , mash/whip the potatoes with the remaining butter.
  7. Slowly incorporate the cream.
  8. Stir in the cabbage and then green onions; mix well.
  9. Season well with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve immediately or keep warm until ready to serve.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Colcannon in " The Irish Pub Cookbook " page 94.

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Colcannon ~ Traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage and green onions...and butter ~ The Complete Savorist Colcannon ~ Traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage and green onions...and butter ~ The Complete Savorist Colcannon ~ Traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage and green onions...and butter ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    March 10, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Such a fabulous side dish! Love the green onions!

  • Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    March 10, 2016 at 5:50 am

    This sounds far from boring!! I would dive right in! And butter makes everything better 🙂

  • Florian @ContentednessCooking
    March 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Nice side dish! Love the green onions here!

  • Beth (OMG! Yummy)
    March 10, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Can’t wait to give this a try – love these simple combinations and traditions.

  • Lauren
    March 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve never heard of this! It looks fabulous!

  • Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    March 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I love Colcannon – pure comfort food. I could eat it as a meal…a big, big meal. 🙂

  • Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    March 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Mmmmmm … such a wonderful, traditional Irish recipe, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! And I thought your story was so cute about nodding off as you read the bedtime story! Oh my – haven’t we all been there?!? 🙂

  • Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    March 10, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    You know, I’m not a huge cabbage fan…. but mixed with mashed potatoes, now that sounds amazing!!!

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    March 10, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Give me all the potatoes and cabbage! LOVE!

  • Erin
    March 10, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    LOVE these photos. We make our version with swiss chard or kale. I don’t know why I don’t use cabbage! I could eat potatoes and cabbage every day. St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite food holiday. I am getting giddy just thinking about it. 🙂

  • Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze
    March 11, 2016 at 2:25 am

    That looks like the perfect side dish to me. I’ve never heard of it which makes it exciting to whip up.

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef
    March 12, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I never had this before buy it sounds amazing! I love mashed potatoes and cabbage so I’m definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Platter Talk
    March 15, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Is it so very wrong that i want to jump into this dish and immerse myself?! Your photos are beautiful but never mind that, this colcannon looks out of this world delicious!

  • Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    March 18, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight (I had a class last night so celebrating St. P. Day today) and want to tell you these are the BEST mashed tatters I have ever eaten! I had to stop myself as I was standing in the kitchen cleaning up & eating them with a fork outa the bowl – AMAZING recipe!!!

    • Michelle De La Cerda
      March 18, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Debra, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed it. They are good, I really can’t fault you for eating them with a fork, out of the bowl.

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  • Barbara Bianchi
    March 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Oh this is right up my alley. I love mixing veggies in with my mashed potatoes. Nice pics.:)

  • Karin
    July 2, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Rather than cook the cabbage separately, you can put the cabbage in with the potatoes while boiling. I’ve done it this way for years.