Authentic Irish Colcannon
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made of mashed potatoes, cabbage or kale and lots of butter. There are several variations that include spring onions (what us ‘Mericans call green onions), leeks, or boiled ham or bacon. Here, we’ve come up with our own twist on the dish and used some red onion and American bacon (with the fat trimmed). We hope you enjoy it!
Servings Prep Time
6-8people 20minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8people 20minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start with a 4-6 quart pot full of water. Peel and dice the potatoes and add to the pot. Bring to a boil. Boil about 10 minutes or until fork tender. Drain (save about 2 cups of potato water) and set aside.
  2. While potatoes are boiling, cook bacon meat in large sauce pan until thoroughly cooked but NOT crispy. Set aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, chop bacon into small pieces about 1/4″ so it will disperse well into the mashed potatoes.
  3. In the same pan the bacon was cooked add 3 tablespoons of butter, chopped cabbage, diced onion and spring onion. Sautee 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Add a cup or two of the potato water, enough to cover the cabbage. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until cabbage is fork tender and most of the liquid is gone.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mash together 3 tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup milk and potatoes. Season well with salt & pepper.
  5. Once potatoes are well mashed, add cabbage mixture and bacon. Stir gently but thoroughly with a large long handled spoon until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Serve in a deep bowl. Make a well in the center, place a pad of butter and serve immediately. Slainte Mhaith!