Colcannon - Irish Mashed Potatoes

Colcannon - Irish Mashed Potatoes
Recipe Date:
March 8, 2023
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, and we're looking forward to eating alllllll the potatoes! The Irish are known for potatoes, cabbage, and beer, right? So, we're taking one of your favorite comfort foods, mashed potatoes, and making it Irish - Colcannon, to be exact. Essentially, Colcannon is mashed potatoes amped up with leeks, garlic, green onions, and cabbage. It's so flavorful, and it even pairs well with wine! Pour yourself a large glass of Oz (we'd recommend Drunken Munchkin) and indulge in what is bound to be your new favorite comfort food. Or at least your new favorite St. Patrick's Day side dish.
  • 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1¾ pounds)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, sliced in half lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups shredded savoy or napa cabbage
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt

Add the potatoes to a medium pot and cover with water. Season with salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Drain the potatoes. You can peel them at this stage if you like.

While the potatoes are cooking, in a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until transparent, about 10 minutes. Now add the garlic and cook for another 3 minutes or until the leeks start to brown slightly on the edges. Add half of the cabbage and cook until wilted. Add the milk and creat and bring to a simmer. Add potatoes and the remaining 1 cup cabbage, then coarsely mash with a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with sliced green onion and a bit of extra butter, because more butter is always better. Then pour yourself a big glass of your favorite red wine and enjoy!