Colcannon: A traditional Irish dish
Colcannon: A traditional Irish dish

Colcannon: A Traditional Irish Dish


Colcannon is a well-known, traditional Irish potato dish. It is simple to make and tastes delicious, bringing a true Irish addition to any meal!


  • 5-7 large potatoes (depending on the size of your dinner party!)
  • 250g kale or green cabbage
  • 3-4 spring onions, chopped finely
  • 1 cup milk
  • 75g butter
  • Salt and pepper


Peel the potatoes and add to a pot of cold water. Place on a high heat, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender.

While the potatoes are boiling, slice the kale/green cabbage and put into another large saucepan. Bring to a slow boil until cooked, then drain well to remove excess moisture. Return to the saucepan, add one-third of the butter and leave covered on a low gentle heat while the butter melts.

As the potatoes will now be soft and tender, drain the water and return the potatoes to the saucepan. Allow the excess moisture to evaporate, add milk to the saucepan, along with the rest of butter and the chopped spring onions Allow the milk to warm but make sure to keep an eye so that it does not boil!

Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. You may want to add a little bit more milk and butter here, but it is up to you – make sure to sneak in a quick taste test to ensure you are getting the perfect consistency that you are looking for!

Add your kale/cabbage, spring onion and a dash of salt and pepper to the mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly. For an extra bit of creaminess, make a well in the middle of the mixture and add a small spoon of butter, which will melt slowly into the Colcannon.

Serve as a side dish for all your guests to tuck into and enjoy!

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