Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Cabbage)

Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Cabbage)

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Colcannon is a simple side dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage that’s just as good made with leftovers as it is made fresh. Comforting, easy and great alongside so many dishes.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Servings 3
Calories 185 kcal


  • 12 oz potatoes
  • 4 oz cabbage
  • ½ leek
  • 2 tbsp butter or more as needed
  • ¼ cup milk or more as needed


  • Peel and dice the potatoes then set to boil in a pot of boiling water, lightly salted. Simmer until tender to a knifepoint then drain.
  • Meanwhile, shred the cabbage and slice the leek in half rings. Warm half of the butter in a small skillet over a medium heat then add the leek. Cook a minute then add the cabbage and cook, stirring, until it wilts.
  • Add the remaining butter, milk and some salt and pepper to the potatoes and mash. Add some more milk and butter as needed if your potatoes are still a bit dry or if you want them creamier.
  • Mix the mashed potatoes in with the cabbage, mix through and serve.


Note, if you want to make this with leftovers, you can still saute the leek and cabbage in a skillet, just do so for less time. For the potatoes, I’d suggest re-heating in the microwave and mash, if not already mashed, with milk and butter as needed.


Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 601mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 553IUVitamin C: 38mgVitamin D: 0.2µgVitamin E: 0.4mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mgZinc: 1mg
Keyword Vegetable
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