The Perfect Colcannon Recipe Straight from the Emerald Isle


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Step into the warmth of Irish hospitality with a dish that embodies comfort, tradition, and wholesome goodness: Colcannon. This beloved Irish staple is a hearty blend of creamy mashed potatoes, tender cabbage or kale, and a hint of butter – a culinary masterpiece that has stood the test of time. So, whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or simply craving a taste of Ireland, join us on a journey to discover the ultimate Colcannon recipe that will warm your soul and delight your taste buds.

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– 2 pounds potatoes (such as Russet or Yukon Gold), peeled and quartered
– Salt, to taste
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
– 1 small onion, finely chopped
– 4 cups chopped cabbage or kale
– 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
– Salt and black pepper, to taste
– Chopped fresh chives, for garnish (optional)


1. Place the 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 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

4. Add the chopped cabbage or kale to the skillet with the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage or kale is tender, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

5. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them well and return them to the pot.

6. In a small saucepan, heat the milk or cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter until warm.

7. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash the cooked potatoes until smooth and creamy. Gradually pour in the warm milk or cream mixture, stirring until the potatoes reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

8. Fold in the cooked cabbage or kale mixture until evenly distributed throughout the mashed potatoes.

9. Transfer the Colcannon to a serving dish and garnish with chopped fresh chives, if desired.

10. Serve the Colcannon hot as a side dish alongside your favorite Irish stew or roasted meat, and enjoy the comforting flavors of Ireland.


With this authentic Colcannon recipe, you can bring a taste of the Emerald Isle to your table any day of the year. So gather your loved ones, raise a glass to Irish tradition, and savor the simple pleasures of good food and good company. Sláinte! 🍀✨