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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potato with wilted cabbage or kale mixed in. This recipe for colcannon adds leeks and scallions along with cabbage for a delicious side dish perfect for St. Patrick's Day, or really any day of the year.
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Vegetarian, Holiday Favorites, St. Patrick's Day Recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 340 kcal
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 6 ounces Irish butter divided
  • ¾ cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 2 leeks sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ head Savoy cabbage shredded (about 3 cups)
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil.
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes into equal-sized chunks and drop them into the boiling water. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until a paring knife easily pierces the potatoes.
  3. While the potatoes are boiling, combine 4 ounces of the butter with the milk or heavy cream in a small saucepan and warm just until the butter melts.
  4. Melt the remaining butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the leeks for a few minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the leeks are soft. Add the shredded cabbage and sauté just until the cabbage wilts. Turn off the heat and stir in the scallions.
  5. When the potatoes are cooked through, strain them and transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Add the warm butter and milk (or cream) and stir with a wooden spoon or fork to mash the potatoes. Fold in the sautéed leeks and cabbage. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper and keep warm until serving. Serve with additional butter melted on top if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 247mg10%
Potassium 822mg23%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1660IU33%
Vitamin C 32.9mg40%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 5.7mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.