Colcannon – Traditional Irish Potatoes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 20minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6servings 20minutes
Cook Time
  • 6medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 6Tbsps butterdivided 4 + 2
  • 2medium leekswhite and light green parts only
  • 2cloves garlicminced
  • 3cups green cabbagefinely shredded
  • 1/2cups milk
  • 1/2cup creamI used 10%
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp black pepper
  • 1/4cup fresh parsleyfinely chopped
Optional Fried Leek Topping
  • 1medium leekwhite and light green part only, finely sliced
  • 3Tbsps vegetable oil
  1. Peel and quarter potatoes. Cover with water and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer 25-30 minutes until fork tender.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, heat 4 Tbsps of butter in a large skillet. Add the leeks and cook over medium heat about 10 minutes til leeks are soft. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the cabbage and cook another 10 minutes or so until cabbage is wilted and soft. Stir often.
  3. When potatoes area cook drain them and mash roughly. You want them to be quite coarsely mashed. Add the cabbage mixture and stir to evenly incorporate.
  4. Add the milk, cream,remaining butter, salt and pepper and stir thoroughly. Add the parsley last and mix in. Transfer to serving bowl and pass with additional butter if desired.
  5. Optional Fried Leek Topping: Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet (cast iron is great). Test it with 1 piece of leek. It should sizzle when the leek hits the oil. Add the leeks when the oil is ready. Cook, stirring until the leeks turn golden brown. This can take about 7 minutes. Stir often and watch so they don’t burn. When done transfer leeks to a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Top the colcannon casserole dish with fried leeks.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Colcannon - Traditional Irish Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 1030mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 9g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 33%
Vitamin C 102%
Calcium 18%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.