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Colcannon Irish Mashed Potatoes

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Colcannon is an Irish dish that has been around for centuries. It is super easy and normally served for St. Patrick’s Day in the US.

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Irish Colcannon

What is Colcannon?

Colcannon is a simple side dish made with mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage or kale and onion or leek.

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Interestingly, it was considered a fortune-telling food! There was a trinket hidden in the casserole. The individual that got the trinket had their fortune told for the year. A coin meant they would come into money, a rag meant poverty and a stick meant that your spouse was likely to beat you!! (Good luck on that!) 😂

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History of Colcannon

The first reference to Colcannon was in the mid 18th century in a diary from a Welsh traveler that had enjoyed the dish, while visiting Ireland! By this time, it seems, colcannon was a staple food in Ireland!

There is a debate on when the potato actually arrived on the shores of Ireland, but it is generally believed it was in the late 17th century. Once it got to Ireland, it was soon mixed with kale or cabbage, which would have been fresh from the garden in mid to late October. You guessed it. Colcannon was traditionally served on Halloween!

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Can Colcannon be Frozen?

Simply, yes! This freezes well for several months in an air tight container. Reheat the colcannon in the microwave, in a double boiler on the stove, or make Colcannon cakes! They are simply delicious!

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What to Serve with Colcannon

Colcannon can be served with just about any meat. The usual stars that this easy dish is served with are; bangers, or fresh sausage, corned beef, and mutton or lamb. It is also a great accompaniment to corned venison, beef, chicken or pork, as well!

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Leftovers can also be used as a topping for shepherd’s pie, instead of the normal mashed potatoes! It will also bump up the vegetable in the dish!

How to make it

  1. Peel potatoes. Barely cover with water. Cook until tender.
  2. Crisp up bacon.
  3. Slice cabbage.
  4. Drain potatoes, once tender.
  5. Air fried crispy bacon.
  6. Rice or mash potatoes.
  7. Saute’ cabbage and scallion in butter until soft.
  8. Mix cabbage, bacon and potatoes lightly with milk.
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Serve. That is how simple it is to make this different side dish! Next time you are making plain old mashed potatoes, try this interesting side dish, instead!

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Irish Colcannon

Colcannon is an Irish dish that has been around for centuries! It is super easy and normally served for St. Patrick’s Day in the US, but great any time of the year!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $2

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 cups sliced cabbage
  • 4 sliced green onion
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Milk

Instructions

  • Peel potatoes. Barely cover with water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and low boil, until tender.
  • Crisp up 3 slices bacon.
  • Slice about 1/4 of a small cabbage. About 2 cups.
  • Drain potatoes, when soft.
  • In same pan, add butter, cabbage and green onion. Saute until soft.
  • Rice potatoes, or mash with potato masher, with milk.
  • Once cabbage is soft, add that and bacon and milk to mashed potatoes. Mix lightly. Salt and pepper to taste.
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Notes

Cook potatoes until tender, but not mushy.
Use potato ricer, potato masher or mixer to mash potatoes.
Best using unsalted butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 25.7mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 5.1mg
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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have never tried colcannon but def plan to soon. It sounds delicious. Love the idea of using it to top shepherd’s pie!

    1. I know. I have been wanting to make a shepherd’s pie and these will be perfect on it! Thanks Jacqueline!

  2. 5 stars
    I am absolutely going to make this for St Patrick day, I am sure Liam would love it. As Robert said: In Ireland a meal is not a meal without meat. This is the perfect side dish. Love your bacon, I am an everything crispy. And WOW I love your Table of Contents and I want to do that too!!

  3. 5 stars
    Your colcannon sounds so good, I never had it before but now I know that I really must make it, the whole family will devour it, thanks for sharing!

    1. I had never had it, before I started testing it. We are obsessed with it and I am making often now! It’s so yummy! Thanks Patty!

  4. 5 stars
    I love colcannon and champ they are the most wonderfully comforting side dishes for so many meals.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard of this dish but what’s not to love about potatoes? Love all the information in the post too.

  6. 5 stars
    I ate this a lot as a child and loved it! Then I hadn’t had it in years until I ate some in Dublin. Your recipe looks so delicious and easy to make!

  7. 5 stars
    These fancy mashed potatoes are my favorite!!! Easy to make and so delicious! I can’t wait to give the a try! Nice touch to add bacon!

  8. 5 stars
    Ooh that’s such a great idea to serve leftovers as the topping for shepherd’s pie. And I love that you used bacon in this colcannon!

  9. 5 stars
    This is my favorite dish and I look forward to it every year! Absolutely fabulous! Such a lovely flavor!

  10. 5 stars
    Yum yum yum! Colcannon is such a great side dish, I love serving it all year round! Will give your recipe a go next time I make it, it looks super good!

  11. 5 stars
    What a great way to spice up a potato dish!! I can’t wait to try these! Love the addition of the bacon!

  12. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! Bookmarking to make for dinner next week. We area house of potato lovers, lovers LOL!

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