Colcannon Recipe (Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage) - Budget Bytes (2024)

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m a bit obsessed with cabbage lately. It’s inexpensive, healthy, and lasts a long time in the fridge. Because I always seem to have some in my produce drawer, it seemed like a perfect time to finally make colcannon, a recipe I’ve wanted to try for YEARS.

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What is Colcannon?

If you’ve never heard of colcannon, it’s basically the perfectBudget Byte. This traditional Irish dish brings together two inexpensive ingredients, (potatoes and cabbage or kale) to make a super filling and delicious dish.

Traditional colcannon can be quite heavy with a TON of butter and heavy cream, but tofit my lifestyle I’ve lightened it up a bit. Just a bit though, because Istill want it to be good! I’ve used just four tablespoons of butter (yes, that’sless than most recipes I’ve seen) and swapped cream for a mix of whole milk and chicken broth. It’s still very filling, tastes great, and I feel good about eating it every day.

Can I Use Other Greens?

I used cabbage for my colcannon because it was super inexpensive this week ($0.29/lb. YAY!), but you could mix in just about any green that you have in your fridge. Kale, spinach, collard greens, leeks, whatever! That’s what makes this recipe great. It’s very flexible so you can adjust the proportions of potatoes, greens, butter, or milk to work with what you have on hand.

Other Fun Additions

I keep thinking about how awesome other common mashed potato add-ins would be in this, like cheddar, sour cream, bacon, or even some caramelized onions. So flexible!

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Colcannon

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Colcannon is a simple Irish recipe that combines two hearty but inexpensive ingredients to make a delicious and filling side dish.

Author: Beth – Budget Bytes

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Colcannon Recipe (Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage) - Budget Bytes (4) Servings 8 (8-10 cups total)

Prep 15 minutes mins

Cook 30 minutes mins

Total 45 minutes mins

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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs russet potatoes ($1.79)
  • 4 Tbsp butter ($0.44)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 4 green onions ($0.40)
  • 1/2 head cabbage (6-8 cups shredded) ($0.54)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth* ($0.07)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ($0.19)
  • Salt and pepper to taste ($0.05)

Instructions

  • Wash, peel, and cut the potatoes into one-inch cubes. Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Boil the potatoes until they are very tender and fall apart when pierced with a fork (about 10 minutes). Drain the potatoes in a colander.

  • While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the cabbage. Remove any damaged outer leaves, then cut it in half. Cut the cabbage into quarters, then remove the core. Cut each of the two quarters used in half once again, then cut crosswise into thin strips. Wash the cabbage well to remove any dirt or debris. Also mince the garlic and slice the green onions.

  • After removing the potatoes from the pot, add 4 Tbsp butter, the minced garlic, and the sliced green onions (I reserved a few to sprinkle over top at the end). Sauté the garlic and onions over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic begins to soften.

  • Add the shredded cabbage and chicken broth to the pot. Place a lid on top and let the broth come up to a boil. Let the cabbage cook in the simmering broth, stirring every few minutes, until it has wilted and become tender. The volume of the cabbage will shrink quite a bit as it cooks. Cook until the thicker white pieces begin to become transparent (about 10-12 minutes).

  • Once the cabbage is tender, add the drained potatoes back to the pot along with the milk and some freshly cracked pepper. Mash the potatoes until everything is well combined. Season with salt to taste. Serve warm.

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Notes

*I use Better Than Bouillon concentrate to make my broth.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 225.09kcalCarbohydrates: 38.73gProtein: 5.84gFat: 6.26gSodium: 239.51mgFiber: 5.26g

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Love mashed potatoes? Try my Fluffy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes or my dairy-free Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes!

How to Make Colcannon – Step by Step Photos

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Start by washing, peeling, and dicing 3 lbs. russet potatoes into one-inch cubes. Place the cubes in a large pot, cover with water, then bring it up to a boil over high heat (with lid). Boil the potatoes until they are tender and fall apart when pierced with a fork (about 10 minutes). Drain the potatoes in a colander and set them aside until you’re ready for them.

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While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the cabbage. It’s best to use a cabbage with a fair amount of green on it, but you can also add in kale, collard greens, spinach, or just about any other green you have. I used half of this big head of cabbage, which was about 6-8 cups once shredded.

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Cut the cabbage in half, then into quarters. You’ll only need two of the quarters, so save the other two for another recipe. Cut out the core, then cut each quarter in half again. Cut the wedges crosswise into thin strips (about 1/2-inch wide). Wash the cabbage well. Don’t worry about removing the excess water, that will just help it steam and wilt.

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Mince two cloves of garlic and slice four green onions. Once the potatoes have been removed from the pot, add 4 Tbsp butter along with the garlic and green onions (I saved a few of the green onions to add on top before serving). Sauté the garlic and green onions in the butter over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until they begin to soften.

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Then add all of that shredded cabbage and 1/2 cup chicken broth to the pot with the garlic and green onions. The cabbage will likely fill the pot before it’s cooked, but it shrinks down quite a bit as it wilts. Place a lid on the pot and let the broth come up to a simmer. Cook the cabbage in the simmering broth, stirring often, until it’s wilted and tender (about 10 minutes). Make sure the thicker white pieces of cabbage begin to look transparent.

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This is what the braised cabbage looks like once it’s tender. It’s probably about 1/5th of the volume that it was when fresh.

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Finally, add the cooked and drained potatoes back to the pot along with 1/2 cup milk and some freshly cracked pepper. Mash everything up until it’s well mixed and the potatoes are well mashed.

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And now the most important step, season with salt to taste! And then the colcannon isready to serve.

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I can’t think of a better way to up the nutritional content of mashed potatoes!

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Colcannon is definitely my new go-to. I like to build bowls with this as the base. A scoop of colcannon, some cooked chicken, and whatever else might be in my fridge (cheese, leftover vegetables, sauerkraut, or corn kernels). Goes great with steak, too!

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FAQs

What is the Irish dish made from mashed potatoes and cabbage? ›

A St. Patrick's day favorite, colcannon is an Irish potato recipe, a mixture of creamy mashed potatoes and usually kale or cabbage.

What is the difference between colcannon and Champ? ›

What is the difference between Colcannon and Champ? Both Irish dishes, Champ is mashed potatoes with chopped spring onions (scallions) and milk. Colcannon is Champ with the addition of cabbage and sometimes some herbs.

What does colcannon taste like? ›

Colcannon is full of flavor. If you like mashed potatoes, you'll most likely love this dish. The mashed potatoes get tons of flavor from the green onions and a nice texture from the chopped kale. We all love butter and milk in our potatoes, so that is also in this colcannon recipe with salt and pepper to taste!

What potato is best for mash? ›

The Best Potato For Fluffy Mashed Potatoes: Russets

For fluffy mashed potatoes, we recommend using high-starch, low-moisture potatoes like russets. Mashed taters are made by crushing cooked potatoes into fine particles, and then coating those particles in fat and water (usually in the form of butter and milk or cream).

What is colcannon mash made of? ›

I ate plenty of colcannon on travels through Ireland and it has a special place on an Irish dinner table. It's a hearty side dish made of creamy mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage, kale, chard or other greens, and a generous slab of butter.

What is the Irish dish of mashed potato and cabbage 9? ›

Colcannon is an Irish dish made from potatoes and greens. Kale or cabbage are most often used in partnership with green onions or leeks.

Is bubble and squeak the same as colcannon? ›

Colcannon is mashed potatoes and chopped cabbage and usually chopped ham or bacon. Bubble and squeak is mashed leftover potatoes and chopped cabbage mixed up and fried as single round cake, and then sliced and served usually at breakfast.

What is colcannon in English? ›

Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning "white-headed cabbage") is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with cabbage.

What is the tradition of colcannon? ›

Colcannon is a hearty dish that has been eaten on Halloween night for years. Traditionally, a ring was hidden in the dish, and whoever was to find it would be likely to marry in the upcoming year! Colcannon was even paired with a little poem: Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?

Do Irish people like mashed potatoes? ›

The classic white potato originates from the South Americas and made its way to Ireland via Europe! Nevertheless, we love them in all shapes, sizes and forms. Boiled, roasted, mashed, turned into Champ with milk, butter and spring onions, or fried into Boxty.

Is corned beef and cabbage an Irish dish? ›

While corned beef and cabbage may not be a strictly Irish dish, it has become a popular part of Irish-American culture and is often associated with St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

What does Rachael Ray use to mash potatoes? ›

Mash potatoes with half-and-half or milk using a potato masher. Add in the cream cheese and smash until the cheese melts into the potatoes. Add chives or scallions. Season with salt and pepper, to your taste.

What is America's favorite mashed potatoes? ›

Idahoan Classic Mashed Potatoes always means 100% REAL Idaho® Potatoes—with no artificial flavors or dyes, and gluten free. We perfectly blend them with real cream and butter for a delicious favorite. Find out for yourself why people call them “America's Favorite Mashed Potatoes.”

Why is it called clapshot? ›

No-one is certain where the name clapshot comes from but some think it is a nod to the noise of the masher in the saucepan being reminiscent of gunfire. The name started in Orkney and then spread through the Highlands.

Why is it called colcannon? ›

The word colcannon is derived from the Gaelic term cal ceannann, which means "white-headed cabbage" — the vegetable most commonly mixed with potatoes in this dish. It's often served alongside Irish meats, and is made by combining potatoes and greens (usually cabbage, but kale and other leafy greens are sometimes used).

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