Happy St. Patrick’s Day with colcannon!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  We have an Irish family and this is always a fun day for us.  No green beer, but we do like to make some special dishes.

John made some Irish soda bread:


I had put some corned beef in the crockpot to simmer all day and we tried to make colcannon for the first time.  This is a traditional potato/cabbage dish. Kale is often used in place of cabbage, but I am not a fan of the kale.


  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled (if desired) and cut into large chunks
  • Salt for boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 lightly packed cups of chopped cabbage or kale (I used coleslaw mix)
  • 1/2 small onion minced
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Boil the potatoes in a large pot with salted water (a couple good pinches of salt) until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain into a colander and set aside.

Place the pan back on medium heat and add the butter.  Lightly sautee the cabbage and onions together for 3 or 4 minutes until wilted.  Add the potatoes and milk, then mash with a potato masher until the desired consistency of mashed potatoes – lumpy or smooth!  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Then serve.  Most traditional recipes call for you to make a well in the center and add melted butter, but I left this step off for calorie sake.


Good, no?  It was very tasty. An interesting way to get in some veggies 😀 Ours looks more colorful because the coleslaw mix has carrots and purple cabbage.

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14 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day with colcannon!

  1. Helen

    No mashed potatoes for me. John’s bread looks fabulous though. I definitely would have eaten 2 pieces of that! No traditional meal this year either. We like it but for some reason just hardly ever cook it. I made a grilled flank steak lol.
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