Easy Colcannon Recipe
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Easy Colcannon Recipe

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This tasty and traditional Irish recipe for buttery potatoes and cabbage is good any time of year. —Pam Kennedy, Lubbock, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 7-1/2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 131 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1 vegetable 1 fat


  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender, adding the cabbage during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine green onions and milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until onions are soft.
  3. Drain potato mixture. Mash with milk mixture, butter, salt and pepper. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Originally published as Easy Colcannon in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p22

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Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"I love colcannon! I must admit that I did not try this as written. Reading the recipe and some of the reviews, I worried that it would be too "soupy", so I instead of boiling the cabbage, I sauteed it in a large skillet with a bit of olive oil and butter. I also seasoned the cabbage with Montreal seasoning as it cooked. The cabbage cooks way down, so don't worry that it will be too much. After mashing the potatoes with 3/4 cup of whole milk (instead of 1 cup fat-free milk), salt and pepper, I stirred in the cooked cabbage. Yummy!"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"Made this for St. Patrick's day meal and the family absolutely loved it. Combining the potatoes and cabbage is so much better than preparing them individually. It's a keeper!!"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"I made this recipe last St. Patrick's Day and will have it on the menu again this year! It was very tasty. I used regular butter and whole milk. A definite St. Patty's Day keeper!"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"This is so good! I use the leftovers from my traditional St. Pattie's day dinner and add some corned beef cut into bite sized pieces to this Colconnon recipe. Wonderful meal even if I say so myself! LOL!"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Easy to make & very good. Going to add just a little less pepper next time."

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