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Irish Colcannon – A slice of Heaven

By Grace Stewart

If you have never heard of colcannon and champ, you’d be hard pressed to figure out what these are.

Colcannon is a much beloved Irish mashed potato dish. It is a heavenly concoction, traditionally served on All Hallows’ Eve, with either charms or coins hidden inside it, but equally as welcome on St. Patrick’s Day.

Colcannon (along with champ), is one of the 1,000 foods to eat listed in the book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die, by Mimi Sheraton. If you’ve never tried colcannon, I beg you to make this and indulge in a huge bowl of it soon!

I can describe it as creamy and buttery mashed potatoes mixed with softened and boiled cabbage. Green onions (champ) are added last, along with a generous amount of pepper. A significant amount of butter should then be placed in the middle of a mound of the colcannon, to melt into it.

You should go about eating the colcannon by spooning up a heap of the potatoes, along with some of the melted butter. This is heaven.


2 large Russet potatoes

¼ cabbage cored and chopped

6 green onions sliced

6 tablespoon butter split

½ cup milk

salt to taste

pepper to taste


Peel and cut your potatoes into small pieces and place in a pot.  Add water to just cover the potatoes.  Add a pinch of salt, and then bring the potatoes to the boil.  Once boiling, lower the heat to medium and then simmer for approximately 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.

Meanwhile bring another pot of water (filled about ¾ full) to the boil.  Add your chopped cabbage along with a pinch of salt, and boil for about 2 minutes.  Lower your heat to medium and simmer for another 8 minutes or so.

Once your potatoes and cabbage are tender drain.  Add the potatoes back to the pot, along with 5 tablespoons of butter, and your milk.  Mash the potatoes until creamy and smooth.  Then add your drained cabbage, and salt and pepper to taste.

Last but not least, add your sliced green onions and stir.  Place the potatoes in a bowl, and make a shallow well in the middle.  Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the well, and add a generous amount of pepper. Enjoy this colcannon with corned beef, any meat, or on its own!

About the Author: Hi I’m Grace! I’m married and a mom to my fur baby, Toby, and food and travel are two of my greatest passions!  Since our bank account does not allow us to travel or eat out as much as we’d like, I decided I would cook delicious meals that could give us a taste of all the places we’d like to go.  My goal is to get you in the kitchen, and inspire you to cook and taste delightful meals that will transport you too.  Let’s throw some actual travel in from time to time, all with an emphasis on keeping your wallet full and happy as well.  Let’s get cooking and let’s start exploring!! I’m excited to be on this journey with you!! Find me at explorecookeat.com

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