Irish Colcannon: More Than Mashed Potatoes

Irish Colcannon

Welcome to the heartwarming world of Irish cuisine, where simple ingredients come together to create dishes that warm the soul. One such classic is Colcannon, a beloved Irish comfort food that celebrates the humble potato in all its glory. Colcannon is more than just mashed potatoes; it's a flavorful blend of creamy mashed potatoes, tender cabbage, kale, chard, or other leafy green, and the rich taste of butter. Perfect for chilly evenings or as a side dish to accompany your favorite hearty meals, Colcannon embodies the essence of comfort and tradition. Let's dive into this timeless Irish recipe and bring a taste of Ireland to your table.

Colcannon Recipe:



  1. Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add a generous pinch of salt to the water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the potatoes until they are fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  4. Once the butter is melted, add the greens and cook until they are wilted (about 3-4 minutes).
  5. Add the sliced green onions to the pan and cook, stirring, for one minute.
  6. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them well and add the milk or cream and butter. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher or a ricer until they are smooth and lump-free. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Fold in the cooked greens and onion mixture and stir to mix evenly.
  8. Serve colcannon topped with an additional pat of butter.
  9. If desired, garnish with crispy cooked bacon, chopped chives, or parsley.

Colcannon is a delightful blend of flavors and textures that embodies the warmth and simplicity of Irish cooking. Enjoy this comforting dish with loved ones and savor the taste of Ireland's culinary heritage.