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Colcannon - Irish Mashed Potatoes

Irish Mashed Potatoes, or Colcannon, is a hearty recipe that combines mashed potatoes, cabbage, kale & bacon together is a perfect addition to your holiday table!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword colcannon, irish mashed potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 417kcal
Author Olya


  • 1 lb. red potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 cup cabbage shredded
  • 1 cup kale shredded
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Cut, but do not peel, the potatoes into one-inch cubes. Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Boil the potatoes until they are easily pierced with a fork (about 10 minutes). Drain the potatoes in a colander.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon. Chop the bacon and cook it in a large skillet on medium high until nice and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon pieces from the skillet, but keep the fat.
  • Prepare the cabbage and kale by cutting it into thin strips. You will have 1 cup of cabbage and 1 cup of kale. Also mince the garlic. Add 2 tablespoons butter, garlic, cabbage and kale to the now empty skillet and cook until wilted for 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes to the skillet with cabbage and kale. Now add 1 tablespoon butter, heavy cream, salt and pepper, and bring to a light boil. Using a potato masher, mash and stir potatoes until smooth and thoroughly incorporated with cabbage and kale. Add the bacon pieces back to the skillet and taste to see if more seasoning is necessary.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 714mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2615IU | Vitamin C: 37.2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1.2mg