Monday, March 9, 2015

Irish Colcannon ~ Potatoes with Bacon and Cabbage

Irish Colcannon | get the recipe at
Colcannon is an Irish and Scottish dish comprised of mashed potatoes with either cabbage or kale. We tried Colcannon for the first time a few years ago, alongside our Baked Honey Mustard Corned BeefThese potatoes were the biggest surprise hit that I made that year. Most of my family enjoys bacon, cabbage and mashed potatoes on their own, but I had no clue that each member of the family would declare this dish awesome and eat every single spoonful.

Even my boys, who were extremely leery of the "green stuff" in their potatoes requested seconds and kept talking about how delicious the "ko-cannon" and corned beef dinner was. All three of them requested this again the next day for lunch and they were very disappointed that there was not anything leftover.

Over the past couple of years, this has become one of our favorite potato dishes. I simply can't recommend it highly enough!

Irish Colcannon ~ Potatoes with Bacon and Cabbage
recipe adapted from
Yield: 6 servings
(printable recipe)

3 slices bacon
2 pounds small red potatoes, chopped into 1" pieces
1/2 small head of napa cabbage, about 4 cups chopped small
1 small yellow onion, about 3/4 cup chopped small
1/3 cup milk
kosher salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, soft or melted

Place the potatoes in a pot, along with enough water to cover them. Add 2 teaspoons salt to the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15-18 minutes.

While the potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium high heat. When the bacon has browned and is slightly crisp, remove to a paper towel lined plate. Reserve about a tablespoon of the bacon grease and drain the rest. Leave the rest of the drippings in the skillet. Add the onions to the hot skillet with the bacon grease and saute over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Add the cabbage and toss lightly while it sautes and wilts, about 5 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper as it cooks.

Drain and place the potatoes back in the hot pot. Place the pot back over the still-warm burner (or if your stove is gas, set the heat to the lowest setting). Mash the potatoes over very low heat and add the milk, 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Fold in the cooked and crumbed bacon, cabbage, and onions. Transfer to a serving bowl, form a small well in the center and fill with the butter. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Irish Colcannon - mashed potatoes with bacon and cabbage | get the recipe at

{originally posted 3-13-13 - recipes notes and photos updated 3-11-15}

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  1. Whenever I have cabbage and potatoes in the same meal, I always mix them with my fork, I had no idea there was an actual dish - and it includes bacon!

  2. We make this dish quite often but I've never been able to get a beautiful photo of it! Your pictures are great and the addition of bacon is wonderful! Have a good day Mary.

  3. My husband and I spent some time in Britain after college and this is one of our favorite recipes! Beautiful photos.

  4. This Irish dish looks so delicious...I'll have to try it!!!

  5. I'm a colcannon fan and yours looks delicious.

  6. Best colcannon I've seen so far! Maybe it's the bacon... :P Great job!

  7. I agree with Jeff, that is the best looking colcannon I've ever seen!

  8. I made this today and it was a huge success, so much so it's been requested as a side for Christmas dinner. Thanks for sharing xx

  9. I just love mash and cabbage, onions, bacon,and heaps of butter salt and pepper. So I'm going to cook this for Saint Patrick's day and maybe class of guiness before and after cheer's

  10. I really like the bacon addition to your dish.

  11. This is perfect for St. Patty's Day, delicious!

  12. This looks so good; I've hard about this dish but never had it.

  13. Hi Mary,
    How do you thing this would freeze? Just two of us....Make ahead is always lovely.

    1. I honestly have no idea how that would work, Rie. I suspect that after freezing it, the cabbage might be too watery. It will keep for several days in the refrigerator though. Or you could make a half batch instead.