What is Colcannon? Colcannon (prounounced  “coal-can-in”) is a traditional Irish dish made with mashed potatoes and either cabbage or kale. Usually butter is poured on top before serving. The word colcannon is from the Gaelic word “cal ceannann” which literally means “white-headed cabbage.”

What ingredients do you need? These are the ingredients you’ll need: potatoes, milk and salt & pepper to first make the potatoes.  Then you’ll need bacon, kale, an onion, olive oil and melted butter.

Can I use cabbage instead of kale? Absolutely, Colcannon is often made with either cabbage or kale. Use whatever vegetable you prefer or have on hand. Follow the recipe exactly as stated for both kale and cabbage.

Peel and cube 2.5 pounds of potatoes, and then boil them.

Add milk, salt and pepper and mash until they’re creamy. I do this with a potato masher.

Cook 6 slices of bacon.  Your kitchen is starting to smell good!

Add chopped kale and onion to the frying pan, along with olive oil and cook until the kale is tender.

Add bacon, kale and onion mixture into the potato pot and stir

Finally, make a well in the middle of the potatoes and pour in melted butter.


When you serve colcannon, everyone gets a little butter to enjoy with it! I hope you enjoy this easy delicious recipe!