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bowl of colcannon

Irish Colcannon Recipe

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This Irish colcannon recipe combines creamy mashed potatoes with kale, onions and cream.  It's easy, can be made ahead, and is vegetarian.  This authentic recipe is a simple side dish and a great way to add more greens to your dinner table.  Serve hot with a pat of melted butter for your St. Patrick's Day party or an Irish themed meal.


  • 8 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into eighths (1.28 kg)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish) (71g)
  • 1 cup green onions, cut on the diagonal in 1/4 inch pieces (45g)
  • 6 cups kale, pre-washed, cut in small pieces (402g)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (236 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into eighths.  Put the potatoes into a pot of cold salted water, cover, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until fork tender, about 15 minutes.  Drain well, then place in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip with the paddle attachment until fairly smooth.  Resist the temptation to add anything to the potatoes while mixing.
  2. Wash the green onions and cut both the green and white parts on a diagonal into 1/4 inch pieces.  Measure out 6 cups of kale, discarding any wilted pieces.
  3. Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat, then add the kale and cook for 5 minutes.  The greens will shrink a lot.  Add the green onions and cook for 2 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium low.  Pour in the cream and heat through.
  4. Add the cream, kale, and onion mixture to the whipped potatoes.  Add white pepper, garlic powder, and salt to taste.  Stir until well combined, then transfer to a serving bowl.
  5. Serve hot.  Make a small well in the center of mound of colcannon with a spoon.  Place a tablespoon of butter in it and watch it melt.  Eat from the outside in with each spoonful dipped in the melted butter.


  • Yukon gold, red, or russet would be good choices for the potatoes.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Irish

Keywords: Colcannon Kale, Champ food, Irish food