Have you ever heard of Colcannon? Colcannon mashed potatoes is considered an Irish potato salad but it more like mashed potatoes with a twist to me. I love how delicious this Colcannon recipe is. If you are looking for an Irish inspired dish that the whole family will love, this is it!
Colcannon Irish Mashed Potatoes
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To get the full list of ingredients needed for this recipe, please refer to the printable recipe card below.
- Potatoes – regular russet potatoes work the best for this recipe.
- Unsalted butter – it’s best to use unsalted due to the additional amounts of salt that will be used in this recipe.
- Milk – you can also use half and half if you prefer.
- Onion – this adds a savory flavor to this dish.
- Leeks – these are similar to onions and will have a similar taste.
- Kale – one of the main ingredients in any colcannon recipe.
- Cabbage – another key ingredient.
- Nutmeg – you can also use ground.
FAQ About the Recipe
Irish Colcannon is also referred to as Irish Potato Salad. This potato salad adds in a few things that are not found in traditional potato salads like leeks, cabbage, and kale. The potatoes in this Irish recipe are also prepared a little different because they are mashed up instead of whole chunks.
With Irish bacon or boiled ham.
1735 in Ireland.
Are you ready to make this delicious traditional Irish dish?
You will find the full directions below. I have included a few in-process steps for your reference.
Step 1: Wash, peel, and cut up the potatoes.
Step 2: When the potatoes are done, add in the butter, milk, and salt and pepper. Then mash with a potato masher.
Step 3: Prep the kale, onions, and leeks.
Step 4: In a separate pan, sauté the onion and the leeks. Then add in the kale and the cabbage until they are slightly wilted. Add the nutmeg then mix together with the potatoes.
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Colcannon (Irish Colcannon Mashed Potatoes)
- 4 potatoes washed, peeled, and diced
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter divided
- 1/4 cup milk
- salt and pepper
- ½ onion sliced thinly
- 1 large leek washed and diced
- 1 large handful kale washed and chopped
- 1 head cabbage washed and sliced
- 1/4 grated nutmeg
- Wash, peel, and dice up the potatoes. Rinse in cold water. Then add the potatoes into a large pot. Add enough water to cover them. Thoroughly salt the water. Boil the potatoes until they are fork tender. Drain the water out of the potatoes.
- Add the potatoes back to the pot. Mash together with milk, 1/4 cup butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Mash the potatoes into small pieces, but not like mashed potatoes. You want to leave it lumpy.
- Cut up the onions and the leeks into bite sized pieces. Be sure to wash the leeks thoroughly. The best way to wash the leek is to add it to a bowl of water after it is cut. Swish it around and let the dirt fall out. Remove the leek from the water.
- In a large sauté pan, add in the onions and leeks and sauté until soft.
- Chop the kale. I just run a large knife over it several times in different directions. It cuts down the larger pieces. Add in the chopped kale. Cook until wilted but still a nice bright green color.
- Cut the cabbage down into strips or bite-sized chunks. Add the cabbage and cook until tender-crisp.
- Grate about 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg into the pot. Mix together.
- Once cooked, add the veggies into the pot with the potatoes and mix together.
- Serve when ready.