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Our creamy Colcannon is rich and delicious, and loaded with flavor!



I’ve read somewhere that there are as many recipes for Colcannon as there are cooks in Ireland, and each family puts their own special touch on this classic, creamy comfort food!

Colcannon is a traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes and either kale or cabbage.  It’s most commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day dinners – but this Colcannon is so good, it really deserves a place as a side dish to any meal!


My husband Jack – of course – put his own spin on this Colcannon recipe. He used a mix of both Russet and yellow potatoes because each variety lends a different flavor and texture to the finished dish.

Our Colcannon is also loaded with lots of other delicious ingredients: both Tuscan kale and Savoy cabbage, leeks and onions, bacon (because everything is better with bacon 😉), milk, cream, and a shredded, top-quality cheddar cheese.


Colcannon Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage

One bite of this creamy, cheesy Colcannon – and you’ll agree that this side dish is going to steal the show at your next meal! You can serve this alongside a classic New England Boiled Dinner of corned beef and cabbage – but it’s equally as delicious served alongside a roast chicken or meatloaf.


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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings


pounds Russet potatoes

pounds yellow potatoes

4 slices uncured bacon, diced small, or 4 ounces meaty salt pork (salt rinsed off), diced small

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1 cup leeks diced, white only cleaned of all sand

1 cup sweet onion diced, such as Vidalia

1 ½ tablespoons fresh garlic, minced

2 cups savoy cabbage, shredded

1½ cups Tuscan kale, pulled from ribs, chopped and rinsed

1 cup whole milk

½ cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons kosher salt (If you use salted butter, cut down on the kosher salt)

¼ teaspoon ground mace

¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

7-ounce package Kerry Gold Skellig cheddar, shredded, or other top-quality sweet cow’s milk cheddar cheese


Place whole skin-on potatoes in large pot and cover with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling add a little kosher salt to the water. Cook 30-40 minutes or until fork tender.

While potatoes are cooking, in a large skillet, place diced bacon or salt pork and cook over medium heat until almost cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter and cook for 4 more minutes.

Add leeks and onions and cook for four minutes then add garlic and cook for one more minute.

Add cabbage and kale and cook just until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.

Once the potatoes are done, pour into a strainer to remove the water, then place the potatoes on your cutting board and peel. Return yellow potatoes to the pot and mash. Dice the russets into small pieces and add to the mashed yellow potatoes. (Two different potato textures is a nice surprise)

Add milk, cream, salt, pepper, mace, nutmeg and the ingredients from the skillet and stir to combine.

Stir in the shredded cheese and pour into a serving dish or bowl and dot with the remaining two tablespoons of butter and serve.


Savoy cabbage is similar to regular cabbage only less dense with slightly curly leaves. If you cannot find Savoy cabbage, Napa cabbage is a good substitute.

Kerry Gold Skellig is a very tasty imported Irish cheddar made from cow’s milk.  If you substitute, select a similar good quality cheddar.

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