Irish Colcannon (Creamy Potatoes and Cabbage)

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins

This dish is a favorite to be served on All Saints Day in Ireland. It is also said that it was a favorite of Jonathan Swift.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Strip outer leaves from cabbage.
  2. Shred cabbage (or kale), place in a saucepan with water to cover the bottom and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer until crisp-tender, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Drain well.
  5. (opt.) Liquefy in blender.
  6. Boil potatoes in a separate kettle, covered with water, until tender.
  7. In a small saucepan cook leeks or onions and cream(or milk) about 10 minutes.
  8. Mash potatoes then season with salt, pepper and mace.
  9. Mix in the onions and milk.
  10. Combine the potato mixture with cabbage or kale, beating it to a pale green fluff over low heat.
  11. Pour into a deep warmed dish.
  12. Dab with butter or margarine.
  13. NOTE: Leftovers can be fried in oil until crisp and brown on both sides.
  14. OPTION: Substitute ground nutmeg for mace.


Most Helpful

Who needs a main dish? I could eat this all by itself! I used the cabbage and the leeks. I didn't do the optional step of liquifying the cooked cabbage. I like the slight crunch in the mashed potatoes. I added just a little bit more salt. This is a real keeper! Thanx for sharing it.

*Parsley* May 30, 2007

I'd picked this out for St. Paddy's Day then at the last minute changed the menu so only got around to making it now. What a waste to have waited so long - the taste is so much more flavorful and hearty than regular potatoes and the mace gave it just the right touch. Really enjoyed this, made as directed only change was to cut the amount in half for the two of us and still have plenty left to make some potatoe cakes today that I'm sure will be just as good.

Bonnie G #2 March 30, 2012

Love this! I can't wait to make this again. We did not use all of the cabbage or onions, but still yummy!

Cookin' Kiki March 17, 2012

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