Colcannon Potatoes Recipe
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Colcannon Potatoes Recipe

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Every Irish family has its own version or this classic dish. My recipe comes from my father's family in Ireland. It's part of my St. Pat's menu, along with lamb chops, carrots and soda bread. —Marilou Robinson, Portland, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 2 pounds cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • Salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Crumbled cooked bacon and minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 149 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, bring cabbage and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving cooking liquid. Keep cabbage warm.
  2. Place cooking liquid and potatoes in a large saucepan; add enough additional water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-17 minutes or until tender. Drain and keep warm.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring milk and onions to a boil; remove from the heat. In a large bowl, mash potatoes. Add milk mixture; beat until blended. Beat in the cabbage, salt and pepper. Drizzle with the melted butter, bacon and parsley. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Colcannon Potatoes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p188

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Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"I'm from Idaho and thought I had done and seen every thing you could do with a potato. Then I found this in Taste of Home 2003. Unbelievably delicious! I was so impressed I make it every year for St.Patty's day. If you like potatoes and cabbage you are going to love this, it's a keeper!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

"I was looking for a recipe with cabbage in it and I saw this. I have to admit, I was afraid I wouldn't like them, but they were really tasty."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"I loved this recipe. Very tasty."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"I served this with corned beef instead of boiled cabbage and potatoes. It was delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015 Edited Mar. 18, 2015


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