Colcannon Mashed Potatoes are the creamiest, silkiest mashed potatoes from scratch and are taken up a notch with little morsels of ham or bacon, sauteed cabbage, and generous bits of butter.
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Colcannon Mashed Potatoes

Colcannon Mashed Potatoes are a traditional Irish side dish that is hearty enough to serve as an indulgent lunch or afternoon snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: irish food, irish recipes, mashed potatoes, potatoes, st. patrick's day
Servings: 8
Calories: 400kcal


  • 3 pounds potatoes
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups hot milk
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 1 lb cooked ham or bacon
  • 2 large scallions or 4 green onions
  • Chopped parsley leaves for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Chop up potatoes - you can peel if desired.
  • Steam or boil them for 30 minutes - steaming allows them to retain a bit of their starchiness, but boiling is easier.
  • Meanwhile, chop up the cabbage, ham and scallions.
  • Boil the cabbage over medium-high heat for 10 minutes until it turns slightly darker. Drain out the water and add 2 Tablespoons of the butter to the pot and return to heat. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Reheat the ham however you prefer - you can add it to the pan with the cabbage, boil it, or heat it in the microwave.
  • When the potatoes are ready, drain and start mashing to remove all of the lumps, adding the butter in as needed to make mashing easier.
  • Heat the milk (either on the stove or in the microwave) and add it to the potatoes.
  • Season with salt and pepper and then stir in the cooked cabbage and ham, and sprinkle in the scallions.
  • Serve with generous Tablespoons of butter and a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley.


Serving: 1portion | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 1033mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 17.8% | Vitamin C: 50.1% | Calcium: 13.4% | Iron: 37.3%