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  • 3 -4medium potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters
  • 2tablespoons milk or 2 tablespoons light cream
  • 1⁄4teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄8teaspoon pepper
  • 2cups chopped cabbage
  • 2tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1⁄4cup chopped onion
  • 2tablespoons butter (for frying)


  • Cook potatoes in boiling water till tender; drain, reserving water.
  • Place in a large bowl.
  • Mash with hand masher till well-mashed.
  • (I find the electric mixer makes it too gooey).
  • Add milk, salt and pepper and beat till fluffy.
  • In the same saucepan as potatoes were cooked in, cook cabbage in reserved potato water for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender.
  • Drain.
  • Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in frying pan and saute onion until tender.
  • Add mashed potato and cooked cabbage to the onion.
  • Heat throughly, stirring constantly.
  • Place in a heated serving dish.
  • Serve hot, topped with butter.


  • JolieCat

    Delicious and super-simple to make. I served this with a Guinness Stew for St. Patrick’s Day and my guests loved it. Great recipe!

  • Katanashrp

    Great recipe. I actually prefer regular onion to scallions so I was glad to see that's what was being used in this recipe. Thank you.

  • Dr. Jenny

    Had a St. Patrick's Day themed dinner party last night and everyone loved this recipe for Colcannon. It was delicious! We served as a side to Roasted Salmon With Leeks. We will definitely make this Colcannon again, any time of year. Thanks for posting!

  • sillysindy

    =) yummy in my tummy.. However, I’m gonna add bacon to it next time. Great comfort food.

  • AllyC

    Made this recipe for dinner yesterday. it was great! My children loved it. I tweeked it a bit by adding a package of bacon (cooked and chopped) a la a recipe seen on the Food Network…a good addition and made it more of a meal than a side-dish! Thanks for the recipe! Will make it again, the children are insisting.

  • alvinakatz

    You can put a big pile of mashed potatoes on your plate, and feel less guilty because it is partly vegetables. Creamy plus crunchy, how can you resist. OK, I did use more salt and pepper than the recipe suggested.

  • Shannon V. Holmes

    Crazy good. I made as stated except I cooked the potatoes and the cabbage at the same time in different pots. Would make again, very hearty, simple and delicious.

  • biancatlover

    This was a tasty way to use up my potatoes and cabbage, thanks!

  • Jean in Alvin

    Good side dish for a crowd. Give yourself plenty of prep time to peel and dice the ingredients. Also, good with crisp, thick cut bacon sprinkled on top. Our daughter sautes the onions in bacon drippings, instead of margarine. Mash potatoes by hand to allow larger potato pieces to balance out the body cabbage gives to the dish.

  • Petalpages

    Years ago I heard a wonderful Irish song that talked about Colcannon and I had wanted to make it ever since. Now, I only wish I had made it earlier. This was so tasty. A great variation of mashed potatoes. I used the potatoes and cabbage that I had boiled in the Corned Beef broth (from Papa D’s Corned Beef and Cabbage #361481) and the flavor was superb.