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Easy Colcannon Recipe

Easy Colcannon Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Easy Colcannon

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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."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"Very good recipe. Great way to use up cabbage. Creamy and chunky. Will be making again."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"I would definitely make this again! It was delicious! Super easy!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"I would peel the potatoes next time and maybe add a little less butter. Everything else is excellent!"

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"The chef who cooks at the steakhouse in our town likes cabbage so last St. Patrick's Day I made this Colcannon. He prides himself on his cooking being the best but he ate and ate and told his friend that he could founder himself on that dish. Coming from him, that is very high praise! It is so easy to make and goes well with any kind of meat. Great dish!"

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"Being 100% Irish it is hard to give any of our dishes a 5 star rating. lol This came close. Did as others, reduced milk to 3/4 cup and simmered 12 min. When combined I mashed very lightly. Also increased salt to 1 1/2 tea. Just like beer, it does not have to be St Patrick's day to enjoy!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"We give this easy recipe an A+++! There's no way to improve upon it. It's just very delicious."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"Great way to eat cabbage. Reheats well. I used 1 1/4 tsp salt."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"This was really tasty once I cooked it down. I followed the recipe but as soon as I poured in the milk, I knew I had a bit of a mess on my hands - way too soupy! I just cooked it down and then it was fine. I would recommend draining the potato/cabbage mixture longer and don't add all the milk in at once."

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