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Didn’t have enough butter, so we used bacon. It was lovely!
I make this every year! We love it! Make colcannon cakes with anything left. Just add flour and an egg, make patties and fry up for breakfast with egg and bacon. YUM!!!
Hi Joan, colcannon is the best, isn’t it? We make colcannon cakes too with the leftovers: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/colcannon_cakes/
We make this version every year for St. Paddy’s Day. But this year, due to panic-buying at the grocery stores (Covid-19), I can’t get Russet potatoes. Will red potatoes work fine?
Hi fooemery, red potatoes aren’t the best for mashed potatoes, they’re a bit too waxy. If you can find yellow potatoes, or Yukon golds, that’s a much better choice.
I make these every year and they are a hit! can you make this a couple hours in advance and warm slowly?
Reasonably simple to make as well as delicious. I used a blend of baby spinach and arugula. I added about a half cup of sour cream just because it needed to be used. Mine looked just like the picture.
Could this be cooked in, or transferred to, a slow cooker? Looking for a way to take this to a pitch-in, so it will have to sit for at least a few hours… thanks!
Yes, I think it should work. Here’s our Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe–take a look and see if you can adapt this colcannon for a slow cooker mashup. Good luck! Also the phrase “pitch-in” is new to me. Is that a potluck?
Thanks! We shall see what happens. Yes, a pitch-in is probably the same as a potluck. Everybody “pitches in” a dish. My office does themed lunches about once a month (usually for someone’s birthday). We have no March birthdays, so someone suggested an Irish – or green – theme for our March lunch.
Very good!Finn McCool really liked it!
Delicious flavor and texture!
I threw in 6 cloves of garlic into the potato’s and boiled and mashed together. I also used bacon fat (and butter) to saute the greens YUMMY!!
Yum! Lots of room for variables too.
made this tonight and it was so yummy!!! Only thing I changed was I added some bacon when sauteing the cabbage, cuz, you know… Bacon, lol
Colcannon is a gateway food to Ireland
LOL! Yes, yes it certainly is.
This recipe was amazing! Made it for St Patrick’s Day and served it with grilled lamb loins. Will make it again!
In Holland we call this stampot boerenkool (kale). We also add small pieces of bacon. A good healthy meal on a cold winter day
Yes Jessica, it was on the menu at our house once a week in the winter. Always delicious, with a small piece of sausage. Fed a family of 10☘️
I change the green onion to roasted garlic. 2 bulbs cut off top roasted whole with oil in tin foil 1 hour at 350 degrees Then squeeze out yumminess.
sounds lovely but surely it couldnt be that much salt
Terina, That 2 TB of salt is added to the Boiling Water. The water is poured off. It adds little salt to the ingredients. In fact, salt (and Pepper ) will need to be added t the Potatoes as they are mashed and folded with the other ingredients. Nee
I decided to go the healthy way : 4Tbsp of butter was more than enough to cook the greens, and i didn’t have milk or cream at hand, so i saved a bit of the cooking water for the patotoes, drained the rest, sprinkled them with dried parsley and chives and then poured back about half a cup of cooled potato water while mashing them up. This is the traditional way to mash potatoes, to get the real, genuine potato taste. Ask a french cook! Of course, he’ll say you need to add in some fat, butter or oil, but you have the greens that you sauté’d in with… Just Add ‘Em Up And Voila! Mine were perfect like so. A touch of spice-infused oil when serving would be nice too. This is good for people alergic or intolerant to milk and/or nuts. Another tip : while cooking your cabbage/kale, sprinkling over some lemon juice or vinegar will help your stomach digest it, plus it gives a bit of a tangy taste to the meal. Adding a bit of ground cumin makes it extra special! …And so on!
Thank you for this suggestion, we went dairy free 2 years ago and I’m still finding amazing dishes to make, such as this! Danka…
This recipe is a keeper. I slowly sauté sliced regular yellow onions along with the cabbage til caramalized. Mixed with mashed potatoes it’s Devine!
Most traditional Colcannon recipe I’ve found – truly luscious. Many others I found added bacon or ham when the poor Irish that ate this wouldn’t have had either.
I’m so glad you liked it!
My mum would add the cabbage to the boiled bacon water at the last min . Mash would have the spring onions milk and she would crack a raw egg into the mash black pepper .. st Patrick day special boiled bacon & cabbage mash
I made these for our St. Patrick’s day meal. They were a big hit! I followed the recipe exactly. They were pretty easy to make and very tastey. I used Irish butter to make it extra special. Highly recommend.
Hi Rachel, Irish butter makes everything taste better, doesn’t it? So glad you liked the colcannon.