Irish Colcannon (Winter Vegetable Casserole)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

A traditional Irish dish. This dish may also be made in a crock pot.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the potatoes and parsnips in water until tender.
  2. While these are cooking, chop leeks (greens as well as whites) and simmer in the milk until soft.
  3. Next, cook the kale or cabbage and have warm and well chopped.
  4. Drain the potatoes, season with mace, garlic, salt and pepper, and beat well.
  5. Add the cooked leeks and milk (be careful not to break down the leeks too much).
  6. Finally, blend in the kale or cabbage and butter.
  7. The texture should be that of a smooth-buttery potato with well distributed pieces of leek and kale.
  8. Garnish with parsley.
  9. Colcannon is also made by cooking layered vegetables, starting with potatoes, in a slow-cooker during the day.
  10. Drain vegetables, blend with milk and margarine as above and garnish with parsley.
Most Helpful

4 5

YUMMY! I'm from Ireland, and I loved this recipe. Traditional colcannon is simply potato, cabbage, milk, butter, salt and pepper (it is a simple, easy, staple meal for some people here). This version gives it an interesting twist, lovely taste. Will try again. Colcannon goes great with bacon or gammon!

4 5

This was surprisingly good. I had never had Parsnips before and with this dish I discovered a new vegetable that I liked. I was impressed with the different kinds of vegetables used to make this hearty dish. I hate cleaning leeks so I did not use them and I cut the parsley by half. But I was thoroughly impressed to say the least and I will be using this recipe again in the upcoming colder months.

Thanks so much for sharing. A simply wonderful companion to almost any meat and would work well as a main dish for a vegetarian dinner or while on a no-meat diet.

4 5

This is fabulous and a definite keeper for us. I omitted the mace due to personal preference, and increased the potatoes used to 2.5 lbs (1 lb just didn't seem like enough for 6-8 servings, nor did it seem like 1 lb would provide the right balance with the amount of leeks, cabbage, etc.). We served it with grilled pork chops and it was very delicious! I think it would be great with a slice of prime rib and some au jus too! YUM! Or with meatloaf! Or... ;) Thanks for sharing!