The Irish bring mashed potatoes to a whole new level with flavorful onions and nutritious cabbage in this traditional Colcannon.
I don’t think I could ever tire of classic mashed potatoes, but when we discovered there was an Irish version that jazzed up the classic we love, of course we had to try it out!
Colcannon: AKA Irish Mashed Potatoes
If you haven’t heard of colcannon, it is a traditional Irish take on mashed potatoes.
The name comes from the Irish cál ceannann, meaning “white-headed cabbage”. Typically, the dish contains mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale. Quite often, a little bit of milk, cream, or butter is added to take the creaminess of the dish to a whole new level.
If you’re not a cabbage fan, don’t worry, the cabbage flavor is mild in the dish, adding just a hint of something different to a beloved mashed potato side.
(And, cabbage is so nutritious, maybe this is the perfect way to sneak it into your diet!)
he Irish bring mashed potatoes to a whole new level with flavorful onions and nutritious cabbage in this traditional Colcannon.
- 1 lb potatoes
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 lb green cabbage, shredded (roughly 3 c)
- ¼ c water
- ¼ c milk
- ¼ tsp prepared yellow mustard
- 2 tsp parsley, dry
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- Wash and peel potatoes. Cut into 1” chunks. Place cut potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Cover pan and bring to a simmer. Cook potatoes until soft when pricked with a fork.
- While the potatoes are cooking, heat sliced onion in a large non-stick frying pan until soft. Add cabbage and ¼ c water. Cover pan and steam cabbage 3-5 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat.
- When potatoes are tender, drain the simmering liquid. Add milk and whip potatoes using an electric hand mixer or a potato masher.
- Once potatoes are mashed, add cabbage and onion mixture, mustard, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Serve along side of your favorite Irish dish!