Fabulous Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage)

Fabulous Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage)

10 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 5 m
Recipe by  AshleyR

“This is not the traditional colcannon, a mashed potato and cabbage dish from Ireland. I have spiced it up and put my own spin on it, but it is WONDERFUL comfort food. Cheap and easy. I top it with cheese and serve as a main dish.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, set heat to medium-low, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir milk, mayonnaise, and butter into potatoes. Mash with a potato masher until smooth.
  3. Cook and stir bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Stir onion, garlic, and cayenne pepper into bacon and drippings and cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir cabbage and water into onion mixture until cabbage is wilted, about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
  6. Fold cabbage mixture into mashed potatoes.
  7. Cook and stir ham pieces in the same skillet used for cabbage mixture until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Stir cooked ham into mashed potato and cabbage mixture until combined.

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I have made this tonight for dinner for family and friends. I cooked the spuds on the cook top as the 1st part of this recipe. All the other cooking I did in the microwave. Faster, easier and less time involved. This tasted great. Will make this often. Thank you Ashley for what will become a favourate. Spuds don't need to be boring, just really tasty like this recipe.



I love to make this. It's so simple

Chef Mickey (aka Mickey)

Chef Mickey (aka Mickey)

Yum! Not only is this cheap to make, it's equally easy to throw together and surprisingly filling too. Although fine as is, I do have one suggestion for improvement. Instead of slicing your cabbage, I suggest you chop it. Both my hubs and I agree that chopped or finely shredded cabbage (i.e. the pre-packaged stuff) would be a better choice for this dish. It would cook quicker (as is, my cabbage was a *tad* crunchy - and I even cooked it longer than directed) and incorporate MUCH better with the potatoes. I guess this is a matter of preference, but it is a definite must for my hubs and I. And for the one reviewer who thought this was bland... Bah! The key is s&p and LOTS of it. :) It's a shame this only has three reviews. Hopefully others will follow suit and soon discover this wonderful gem and add their positive comments for others to see! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Ashley! :-)

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 343 cal
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs
  • 36 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 12.8 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 634 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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