Classic Colcannon

"This colcannon recipe came from a Prince Edward Island, Canada, cookbook, if I remember correctly. I do not know the title to it or if it is still in print. There are many different recipes for colcannon, but this one is my favorite, the only one I make now."
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  • Cook potatoes in boiling water till tender; drain, reserving water.
  • Place in a large bowl.
  • Mash with hand masher till well-mashed.
  • (I find the electric mixer makes it too gooey).
  • Add milk, salt and pepper and beat till fluffy.
  • In the same saucepan as potatoes were cooked in, cook cabbage in reserved potato water for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender.
  • Drain.
  • Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in frying pan and saute onion until tender.
  • Add mashed potato and cooked cabbage to the onion.
  • Heat throughly, stirring constantly.
  • Place in a heated serving dish.
  • Serve hot, topped with butter.

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  1. Made this recipe for dinner yesterday. it was great! My children loved it. I tweeked it a bit by adding a package of bacon (cooked and chopped) a la a recipe seen on the Food Network...a good addition and made it more of a meal than a side-dish! Thanks for the recipe! Will make it again, the children are insisting.
  2. I thought they needed a little more salt and pepper. Nice to have some greens with mashed potatoes. Thanks for posting.
  3. Great recipe. I actually prefer regular onion to scallions so I was glad to see that's what was being used in this recipe. Thank you.
  4. Had a St. Patrick's Day themed dinner party last night and everyone loved this recipe for Colcannon. It was delicious! We served as a side to Recipe #427928. We will definitely make this Colcannon again, any time of year. Thanks for posting!
  5. Crazy good. I made as stated except I cooked the potatoes and the cabbage at the same time in different pots. Would make again, very hearty, simple and delicious.


  1. This was a wonderful side dish next to corned beef. I used sour cream in place of the cream and they turned out perfectly. Will definitely make again.
  2. Excellent recipe! Tried it tonight with a non cabbage eater who definitely enjoyed it! Definitely will try again but will probably use more onion next time. Also used H&H instead of milk and even with electric mixer it had a good even texture. Also I used kosher salt instead of table salt which gives it a nicer flavor.
  3. I used red potatoes and scallions (green onions) instead of regular onions so it turned out sort of like champ. I fried some bacon and then sauteed the scallions in bacon grease with some minced garlic. Once the onions wilted, I threw in only 1 Tbsp of the butter and finished cooking the cabbage in the bacon grease/butter/garlic/scallion mixture before adding to the potato mixture (which I also cut out the extra salt and cut down the butter to 1 Tbsp because of the bacon grease). Mixed in the crumbled cooked bacon and served with Recipe #21111 and the glaze seen in Recipe #158342. I'll definitely be serving this colcannon again; maybe next time, I will try adding kale instead of cabbage for a nutritional boost.
  4. Used 4 potatoes, 3 cups cabbage, at least 1/2 cup onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt with 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt. Added more salt to taste. Substituted 2 tablespoons sour cream for butter, and otherwise used 1 tablespoon butter for frying. This is one excellent substitute for regular mashed potatoes:D Has plenty of vitamin C, and is a good use of leftover potatoes, onions and cabbage (which it seems I often have sitting in the fridge). Highly recommended, good for the whole family, but if you want to intensify the taste I recommend playing around with it a bit. I can see adding more onions and garlic, maybe jalapeno too if you are into hot. BF enjoyed this too. Will be eating some leftovers for breakfast tomorrow, a guaranteed indication that it was a big hit with me. Thanks!



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