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 Traditional Irish

Colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon Potatoes

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You Will Need

6 Russet Potatoes 

1/2 Cabbage (diced small)

8 Sliced bacon (cut in strips)

1 Small/Medium Yellow Onion

8 TBSP Butter (divided)

1/2 Whole Milk

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

These traditional Colcannon potatoes are dreamy. Fried cabbage and onion and rich mashed potatoes is a true recipe for yummy!~ Traditional Colcannon potatoes are very lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. They serve Colcannon on Halloween night, they would hide a ring inside the potatoes, whoever found it was to be married next. It's another great dish for St. Patrick's Day.  With the luck of the Irish they say!~  

Stove Top Colcannon Potatoes

  • Peal and cube potatoes, boil until tender. (about 20 to 25 minutes)

  • While boiling the potatoes, dice onion and cabbage into cubes (as shown)

  • To a skillet , add 2 TBSP butter fry bacon until crisp/soft once done move back to a paper towel to drain. (leaving bacon grease and butter.

  • Add cabbage to skillet and fry until they are tender and slightly browned. (salt and pepper to taste) I used a lid and covered mine, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Mine were done the same time as my potatoes. 

  • When cabbages and onions are done , drain with a fine mesh strainer, while you make your potatoes.

  • Drain your potatoes, and add 4 TBSP butter to your pan along with milk salt and pepper. Mash with a Potato Masher or mix with mixer to combine.

  • Your cabbage should be drained by this time. gently  fold into your potatoes. until well combined.

  • Move to a serving bowl, and place 1 to 2 TBSP butter in the center (this is optional)  Spread out bacon on the top along with 1 green onion  (sliced)

Diced Cabbage
Fried Cabbage and Onion
Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe

What can I serve with colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon is so loved,  that it has inspired a traditional Irish song by its own name or by the name, “The Skillet Pot,” and has been recorded by many artists.



“Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavored butter that your mother used to make?”


The chorus:

“Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I. And the more I think about it sure the nearer I’m to cry.
Oh, wasn’t it the happy days when troubles we had not,
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.”

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