Colcannon Recipe | Side Dish Recipe | PBS Food

This recipe for the traditional Irish dish Colcannon, is a hearty mixture of russet potatoes and cabbage that is perfect for a cold winter night or a craving for comfort food.

Source: Adapted from Kids Cooking


Yield: 8 servings



  • 3 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups finely shredded cabbage (or kale)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup low fat milk


  1. Peel and dice potatoes. Place in a large pot and cover with water by one inch.
  2. Bring to a boil, covered, over high heat. Remove cover, reduce heat to medium and allow potatoes to cook for 12-15 minutes or until tender when pierced by fork.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add cabbage, season with salt and pepper and cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to pot.
  5. Add two tablespoons of the butter and milk. Mash. Fold in the cabbage mixture.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Top with remaining butter.

Nutrition Info

Each serving provides 199 calories, 7.8 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 16 mg cholesterol, 61 mg sodium, 29.8 grams carbohydrates, 4.9 grams fiber, 3.7 grams sugar, 3.7 grams protein
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