Irish Colcannon

Amy Herald


There are a lot of recipes on the web for colcannon, some use kale, some cabbage, some have ham, some don't. I learned this version from a friend of mine. Its been a Halloween tradition in our house every year since. My kids love it, and my guests devour it. Even the ones who say "I don't really like cabbage." love this dish when they try it. We make it for Halloween, but its more popular on Saint Patrick's Day. I say its fabulous any time!


★★★★★ 1 vote

15 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


  • 4 lb
    potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2
    head of green cabbage
  • 2 stick
  • 1 c
    whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 c
    diced ham (optional)

How to Make Irish Colcannon


  1. Boil potatoes for 25 minutes or until cooked through. in the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, add the cabbage. and finish boiling until vegetables are tender.
  2. If using ham, while potatoes are cooking, add a pat of butter to a frying pan and brown the ham.
  3. When potatoes and cabbage are tender, drain and return to pot.
  4. Add butter, milk, salt, and pepper and mash with a potato masher until potatoes are smooth and completely mashed; leave a few lumps if desired.
  5. Stir in ham and serve.

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About Irish Colcannon

Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Irish

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