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Irish Recipes - Colcannon Recipe

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (6 Reviews)

By Gilli Davies - Celtic Cuisine


Irish Colcannon Potatoes

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Colcannon is a favorite Irish recipe and a particular St Patrick's Day favorite. As you can see from this Colcannon recipe, it is quick, easy and simple to make.

Colcannon was traditionally used for predicting marriage on Halloween. Charms were hidden in the Colcannon and any unmarried girl who found one would place socks with spoonfuls of Colcannon and the charms on their front door handle. The first man to enter the house was their intended.

Watch how to make Colcannon on my video.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 675g /1lb 6oz floury potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 110g 4 oz curly kale, chopped (or Spring cabbage if kale not available))
  • 225g / 1/2 cup spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 110g / 1/4 cup spring onions, finely chopped
  • 110g / 4 oz butter
  • salt and pepper



  • Simmer the potatoes in lightly salted water until cooked - when pierced with a sharp knife the potato is soft in the middle.
  • Blanch the curly kale in boiling water for one minute. Drain and reserve.
  • Chop half of the spring onions roughly and the other half finely. Add the roughly chopped scallions/spring onions to the drained kale and pulse in a blender for 10 seconds.
  • Drain the potatoes and add the butter. When the butter has melted, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. Add the kale mixture and mix.
  • Finally, add the finely chopped scallions/spring onions and season to taste.


Recipe courtesy of Gilli Davies Celtic Cuisine published by Graffeg.
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 4 out of 5
Colcannon, Member aaahdarnit

While this recipe is good, with an Irish husband, we ALWAYS have to have Corned Beeef and Cabbage along with true Irish colcannon which is potatoes, onions and parsnips boiled together (and occasionally carrots) then mashed together with butter.....good anytime.

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