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Easy Colcannon

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drain potato mixture. Mash with milk mixture, butter, salt and pepper.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Nutrition 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.

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  • Vicki
    Mar 3, 2019

    My Irish Grandmother cooked bacon and fried the cabbage and onion in the bacon fat. Then mixed it in the mashed potatoes. So very delicious. I still make this today. So quick and easy!

  • angela32
    Mar 16, 2017

    I used whole milk and regular butter. We loved it!

  • AvidcookGAtoCA
    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!

  • toolbarsco
    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!!

  • KristineChayes
    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!

  • ncellie
    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!

  • hlillis
    Apr 4, 2013

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

  • ConnieK
    Mar 23, 2013

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

  • arabianhorsefan
    Mar 17, 2013

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

  • Adavie01
    Mar 17, 2013

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