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Colcannon Potatoes


  • 1 medium head cabbage (about 2 pounds), shredded
  • 4 pounds medium potatoes (about 8), peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Minced fresh parsley
  • Crumbled cooked bacon


  • 1. Place cabbage and 2 cups water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until cabbage is tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving cooking liquid; keep cabbage warm in separate dish.
  • 2. In same pan, combine potatoes and reserved cooking liquid. Add additional water to cover potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, place milk, green onions, salt and pepper in a small saucepan; bring just to a boil and remove from heat.
  • 3. Drain potatoes; place in a large bowl and mash. Add milk mixture; beat just until blended. Stir in cabbage. To serve, drizzle with butter; top with parsley and bacon.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 168 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


Average Rating:
  • Jennifer
    Mar 17, 2018

    Have been making colcannon for years and even know the words to the song.... yes, there is a song about colcannon. It's nice to see a recipe that actually has bacon in it. If you ever do a search, most don't. Not to criticize, and I realize that a lot of comments are quite old but my Irish blood just boils when I see anyone type St Patty's day.... it's PaDDY... the D's make it masculine, short for Patrick... or more correctly Padraig. Patty is a derivation of the feminine Patricia. Sorry for the rant but they'd never forgive me in County Clare if I didn't say something. Otherwise, excellent recipe and to the person questioning the amount of salt.... considering that potatoes and cabbage are notoriously bland.... yeah, a "lot" of salt is needed.

  • angela32
    Mar 15, 2018

    One of my absolute favorite side dishes!

  • AvidcookGAtoCA
    Feb 27, 2018

    I've been making colcannon for decades and usually just "wing it." When I saw this printed in the Feb/March Simple and Delicious magazine, I decided to actually follow a recipe. I cut the recipe in half since there are just two of us who shouldn't be noshing on high carbs, and I knew leftovers would be deadly to my good intentions. This recipe really delivered on flavor and ease of preparation. I used a bit more butter (added to the milk mixture) and we added salt and pepper to taste at the table. I will be serving this again soon for St. Patrick's Day!

    Lynne, Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor

  • 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!

  • Queenlalisa
    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.

  • spring16
    Jan 26, 2016

    I loved this recipe. Very tasty.

  • DawnLockhart
    Nov 3, 2015

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

  • annrms
    Mar 18, 2015


  • pammyfisher
    Mar 8, 2015

    Hi Olive! I've made this recipe before and find it can be reheated easily in the microwave. You may have to add more milk and/or butter, as whipped potatoes seem to dry out very quickly. But they will be delicious just the same. I also like to reheat and keep this dish warm in a crock pot. You can keep them warm beautifully for up to a couple of hours. Works great. Enjoy! This is a lovely recipe.

  • olivesg
    Mar 5, 2015

    I have MS & prepare foods in stages. Can I prepare the day before St. Pat's & warm in the oven next day?

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