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Marc Boyer
Recipe by  Marc Boyer

“This is a recipe from County Mayo. It is traditional Halloween fare but good anytime! Kale can be substituted for cabbage.”

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Original recipe yields 4 to 6 servings



  1. In a large saucepan, boil cabbage until tender; remove and chop or blend well. Set aside and keep warm. Boil potatoes until tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  2. Chop leeks, green parts as well as white, and simmer them in just enough milk to cover, until they are soft.
  3. Season and mash potatoes well. Stir in cooked leeks and milk. Blend in the kale or cabbage and heat until the whole is a pale green fluff. Make a well in the center and pour in the melted butter. Mix well.

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Jackie M.

Jackie M.

i didn't have mace on hand so i went out and bought it. on the back of the container it had a "flavorful tip" saying that 1/4 tsp ground mace = 1 tsp ground nutmeg. i had nutmeg at home and wouldn't have spent $4.50 on mace that i probably won't use again. oh well, now i know for next time. hope this helps somebody. happy cooking!



I saw this recipe featured on St. Patty's Day and saved it. I just now made it and am sorry that I didn't make it earlier. I used kale instead of broccoli only because I had kale in the fridge and also wanted the dish to turn out greener in color. Yum! The flavors of the leeks, potatoes and kale together along with the little bit of ground mace was delicious. Just be careful on how much mace you put into this dish because it can overwhelm the other flavors. The recipe says a pinch and it means a pinch. I always tend to go heavier on herbs and spices, but not on mace because it's strong. The overall appearance is exactly as photographed and is a crowd pleaser. I really enjoyed Colcannon.



This is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. The only addition I have made is to use half and half instead of milk for added richness. This is wonderful with Roast chicken and I have done it for 200 guests at a fundraiser paired with roast pork loin.

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Amount Per Serving (5 total)

  • Calories
  • 302 cal
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 19.7 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs
  • 28.6 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 180 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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