colcannon Irish potatoes and cabbage
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Colcannon - Irish potatoes and cabbage

Colcannon is a classic, comforting Irish side that is easy to make and goes with so many mains.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish side dish, mashed potatoes, potatoes and cabbage
Servings: 3 approx
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 12 oz potatoes 340g
  • 4 oz cabbage 115g
  • 1/2 leek
  • 2 tbsp butter 25g, or more as needed
  • 1/4 cup milk 60ml, 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: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 11.1% | Vitamin C: 34.6% | Calcium: 8.1% | Iron: 23.1%