colcannon potatoes garnished with green onion and bacon pieces in blue bowl
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Irish Colcannon

Colcannon is an Irish dish that has been around for centuries! Colcannon is super easy and normally served for St. Patrick’s Day in the US, but great any time of the year!
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



  • 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


  • 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.



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


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