Colcannon is a traditional Irish recipe of mashed potatoes with kale, butter and milk. It is a great dish to serve on St. Patrick’s Day! My favorite main dish to serve with colcannon is Irish Stew.
There are a variety of recipes for Irish Colcannon, some use cabbage or parsnips, but the most traditional uses kale. Kale is an amazing super food that adds great flavour to this mashed potato dish. Any kind of stew is great to serve with colcannon, as well as Slow Cooker Braised Ham.
While browsing through many Irish recipes to make for St Patrick’s Day I came across this classic side dish from Edible Ireland. Seriously, what is not to love about creamy mashed potatoes served with a nice dollop of butter.
Tips for making the perfect Colcannon
- Cook potatoes in boiling salted water only until tender. How do you know when potatoes are perfectly done? Poke potato with a fork and if the fork slides easily all the way to the centre the potatoes are done.
- What are the best potatoes to use for colcannon? I like to use russet potatoes or Yukon Gold.
- When cooking kale heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, then add the chopped kale. Stir immediately to avoid burning and only cook until softened and turns a vibrant green.
- For perfect mashed potatoes use a potato masher or potato ricer and mash until fluffy. Under mixing causes lumpy potatoes, but over mixing will cause gluey potatoes.
- Do not boil the milk, it simply needs to be heated until the butter melts.
- Be sure to test potatoes before seasoning with more salt.
- A generous dollop of butter on top perfects this amazing mashed potato recipe!
Creamy mashed potatoes flavoured with kale.Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 5 cups potatoes I like Yukon Gold
- 3 cups kale finely chopped, tough rib center removed
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 tbsp butter
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- dollop butter
- Peel potatoes, cut in to quarters.
- Cook in large pot of salted water until tender.
- While potatoes are cooking, melt 1 tbsp olive oil in large frying pan.
- Add kale and cook over medium heat until softened and turn a vibrant green.
- Remove from heat, set aside.
- In a small saucepan, add milk and 4 tbsp. butter. Heat until butter is melted.
- With potato masher or potato ricer, mash potatoes until fluffy.
- Add milk and butter, combine well.
- Stir in kale, season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to serving dish and top with dollop of butter.
recipe adapted from Edible Ireland
Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3613IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 6mg
What would I serve with Irish Colcannon?
My favorite Irish Stew.
Other main dish that would taste awesome with colcannon: