Traditional Irish Colcannon Potatoes and Cabbage

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This traditional Irish side dish is made with creamy mashed potatoes, swirled with sauteed cabbage and seasoned to perfection with salt, pepper, and butter. It’s a perfect addition to any comfort food meal.



  • 5 large russet potatoes peeled and chunked
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 head green cabbage chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan with enough lightly salted water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Drain well making sure to remove excess water. Add two tablespoons butter and cream. Cover and let butter melt.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add cabbage and cook until tender: approximately 10 minutes. Add green onions and cook for additional 1 minute.
  3. Mash potatoes and gently stir in cabbage mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Make small well in top and add remaining tablespoon of butter.


For an extra bonus brown the dish under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.

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