Colcannon Recipe - How to Make Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage and Bacon (2024)

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Looking for an easy, hearty recipe for St. Patrick’s Day? Why not try Colcannon – creamy mashed potatoes with bacon and cabbage!

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If there’s one thing I absolutely love… It’s potatoes! Maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm, ha!, but I just cannot resist a good potato dish.

Colcannon is a classic Irish recipe – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! It combines creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage (or kale!), spring onions and BACON for the perfectly hearty dish. It’s actually so hearty we often have it as a simple dinner by itself (or with a fried egg), but it goes really well with anything gravy-laden, too.

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Best of all? It’s incredibly simple to make with everyday ingredients!

Ingredients you’ll need

Here is a visual overview of the ingredients in the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities!

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Ingredient notes

  • Potatoes: Please use starchy/floury potatoes for this recipe, NOT waxy ones. (Russet potatoes would be the perfect choice for the US, King Edward for the UK.)
  • Bacon: I used diced bacon that was pretty thick cut. If you’re using thin-cut bacon you chop up, the result will be a little different, but it works just fine! Many traditional recipes call for back bacon, but I used regular bacon because, well… I like the taste of it better here.
  • Cabbage: Savoy cabbage would be best here, use kale if you don’t have any Savoy available. White cabbage may be used if neither kale nor Savoy cabbage are available.
  • Milk: Feel free to use cream in place of the milk for extra decadence!

How to make Colcannon

1. Cook the potatoes… However you like! Boiled, steamed, in your instant pot. Just use a pot that’s large enough to mash them with the greens later.

2. Brown the bacon in butter, then

3. add the cabbage (Savoy cabbage is best, but regular cabbage or kale can be substituted) and cook for 5 minutes. Add the spring onion and cook a bit more.

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4. Add the cabbage/bacon mix to the cooked and drained potatoes. Add some milk, butter, seasoning…

5. And mash until creamy.

6. Serve with a pat of extra butter in the middle… Done!

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Recipe tips

  • Do not overcook the potatoes, and make sure to drain them very well. Else the mash will come out gloopy.
  • Cook the cabbage well enough in the skillet, otherwise the dish will be difficult to come together.
  • To me, Colcannon tastes best when eaten right away. I don’t really enjoy the taste of cooled down cabbage, so I serve it steaming hot.
  • Leftovers reheat great as Mashed Potato Pancakes!

Serving ideas

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I guess traditionally you’d put ANOTHER pat of butter in the middle to serve this, but truthfully… I only do that for the pretty photos ?

We love this most in place of regular mash when we make bangers and mash… Yeah, talk about decadent. But it’s also great all fall/winter long with something like homemade Salisbury Steak, Beef Tips or Mushroom Gravy ❤️

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An easy Irish recipe for St. Patrick's Day: Colcannon – creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage and bacon!

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Recipe details

Prep 15 minutes mins

Cook 15 minutes mins

Total 30 minutes mins

Servings 6 servings

Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon butter plus more for mashing and serving
  • 3 oz chopped bacon
  • 1 small cabbage cored and sliced (Savoy cabbage is best; use kale if not available; white cabbage may be used if neither kale nor Savoy cabbage are available)
  • 3 spring onions sliced
  • cup whole milk OR cream for extra decadence
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Potatoes: Cook potatoes until fork-tender. Drain well.

  • Bacon/cabbage: While potatoes are cooking, melt butter in wide skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until browned. Add cabbage and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in spring onions and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

  • Mash: Add cabbage/bacon mix to cooked and drained potatoes. Add milk, a pat of butter, salt and pepper and mash until creamy. Serve immediately.

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Notes

Ingredient notes

  • Potatoes: Please use starchy/floury potatoes for this recipe, NOT waxy ones. (Russet potatoes would be the perfect choice for the US, King Edward for the UK.)
  • Bacon: I used diced bacon that was pretty thick cut. If you’re using thin-cut bacon you chop up, the result will be a little different, but it works just fine! Many traditional recipes call for back bacon, but I used regular bacon because, well… I like the taste of it better here.
  • Cabbage: Savoy cabbage would be best here, use kale if you don’t have any Savoy available. White cabbage may be used if neither kale nor Savoy cabbage are available.
  • Milk: Feel free to use cream in place of the milk for extra decadence!

Recipe tips

  • Do not overcook the potatoes, and make sure to drain them very well. Else the mash will come out gloopy.
  • Cook the cabbage well enough in the skillet, otherwise the dish will be difficult to come together.
  • To me, Colcannon tastes best when eaten right away. I don’t really enjoy the taste of cooled down cabbage, so I serve it steaming hot.
  • Leftovers reheat great as Mashed Potato Pancakes!

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 152mgPotassium: 886mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 925IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition is an estimate.

More recipe information

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: Irish

Recipe first published on 03/02/2020. Updated with better text on 03/05/2021.

More St. Patrick’s Day recipes

  • Boxty: Irish Potato Pancakes
  • Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
  • Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew
  • Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

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About Nora
When I got married to my professional chef husband, I realized I had to step up my game in the kitchen. Now I share my favorite foolproof family recipes here on Savory Nothings: Chef-approved, kid-vetted and easy enough for everyday home cooks like you and me! Learn more.

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  1. Catherine OHagan says

    Colcannon Recipe - How to Make Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage and Bacon (15)
    I am so thrilled and happy to find a traditional recipe for Colcannonmy mom used to make it often for us. I have made it a time or two as I love it so much reminds me of home. I found another treasured recipe sofa bread with raisins or plain love both. So thank you very much. I made your Chilli recipe yesterday and tomorrow I’m ready to make your Shepherds pie. I have loved the recipes of yours that I have tried so far they are delicious.$

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  2. Laura A. Gray says

    I absolutely ❤️ love, love, love potatoes ?! Also, I totally love ❤️ cabbage as well! I like bacon ?, but rarely eat it. However, this recipe looks amazing ? and I must get all the ingredients and make this meal for my family, with the beef stroganoff! OMG!

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    • Nora says

      Oh, what a great idea to pair it with Stroganoff!

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