Irish Colcannon ~ Potatoes with Bacon and Cabbage

Did you find this post helpful, inspiring? Save THIS PIN in its blog board in Pinterest. 😉

The fluffy mashed potatoes with sautéed cabbage and bacon add to Colcannon, a garnish everyone loves for almost any occasion! This Colcannon recipe It is the ultimate in mashed potato dishes.

This traditional Scottish and Irish meal combines mashed potatoes with kale or kale and often bacon for a creamy, flavorful garnish that was an instant hit with my family when I first made it almost ten years ago.

We tried Colcannon for the first time a few years ago, and we served it alongside our baked mustard and honey corned beef. These potatoes were the biggest surprise hit I made that year.

Most of my family enjoys bacon, cabbage, and mashed potatoes on their own, so their enthusiasm for this Colcannon recipe shouldn't have come as a surprise. Still, he had no idea that every member of the family would declare this amazing dish and eat every tablespoon.

Even my boys, who were extremely suspicious of the "green stuff" in their potatoes, asked for seconds and kept talking about how delicious the "ko cannon" dinner and corned beef was. All three requested this again the next day for lunch and were very disappointed that there was nothing left.

Colcannon potatoes

Colcannon originates from Ireland, where it became popular as a hearty, inexpensive, and tasty meal to serve year-round.

Follow us on PINTEREST!

The dish arrived in Scotland, where it is sometimes also known as "Rumdlethumps". Can you say that word without smiling? I definitely can't.

Whatever you call it, this easy combination of comforting mashed potatoes, leafy greens, and cream has won our American hearts and stomachs.

What is colcannon?

In its most essential form, the colcannon recipe is mashed potatoes mixed with chopped cabbage or kale. Other additions like bacon, ham, chives, or yellow onion are also common.

My favorite Colcannon recipe starts with a simple mashed potato recipe. The peeled and chopped potatoes are boiled, then crushed over low heat with butter and milk.

How to make colcannon

I prefer red potatoes in this recipe; The ratio of starch and humidity makes them perfect for crushing. You can also use white or golden Yukon potatoes if you prefer, but stay away from Russets (also known as baking potatoes). They tend to crumble and wax when crushed and the texture will not be correct.

Crispy bacon, lightly cooked cabbage, and golden yellow onions are added to the finished mashed potatoes to create a hearty and satisfying dish. We often go for the Irish theme by eating it alongside corned beef or ham.

Overall honesty, although I think Colcannon could be treated as a meal in itself. After all, it includes meat, starch, and vegetables, all in one dish!

Double the recipe and everyone at the table will be delighted to dig into a large bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes, smoked bacon, and savory cabbage.

St. Patrick's Day recipes

Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day is an excellent opportunity to create a Celtic holiday. If you're looking to expand your St. Paddy repertoire beyond tinted green beer and shamrock shakes, I have LOTS of delicious, easy but somewhat more authentically Irish recipes to share with you.

When it comes to Corned Beef for your Irish celebrations, it's hard to go wrong with a traditional Corned Beef et al stew. For a fun twist to tradition, try this tasty baked mustard and honey corned beef. It is by far the best baked corned beef recipe I've ever made and delicious enough to add to your year-round dinner rotation.

When I prepare corned beef, I intentionally do too much to have leftover corned beef, cabbage, and red potatoes. It is such delicious hashish that I sometimes find myself preparing canned meat for dinner so I can make it the next day.

Throwing a party? A crock of Irish pub cheese served with crackers or crusty bread (and maybe a pint or two of Guinness) will get your evening off to the right foot.

When I think of favorite Irish recipes, my mind also jumps to Irish soda raisin bread. I first discovered the recipe when I visited Belfast, Ireland, and since then it has been a favorite for serving tea, breakfast or snack. If you are interested in my experiences in Belfast and exploring the British Isles, you can see some of my travel stories here.

This Irish black and white pudding looks like the perfect dessert to top off a dinner celebrating Emerald Isle.

Mashed potato recipes

Looking for more creative mashed potato recipes to mix things up? These soft, fragrant bell peppers and pepper mashed potatoes are a sure winner. Those potatoes are very easy to make and go with almost any main dish.

Marsala mashed potatoes is another version of the tradition that my family has loved for years. Like Colcannon potatoes, they take a basic base of mashed potatoes and mixed additions (in this case, wine sauce and marsala mushrooms) that take everything to another level.

If you enjoy these Colcannon potato and potato recipes, you can also enjoy our mashed potatoes with cheese with green chili and mashed potatoes with garlic. We really can't get enough fluffy creamy mashed potatoes around these parts and can you blame us?

Colcannon recipe

  1. Place the potatoes in a saucepan, along with enough water to cover them. Add 2 teaspoons of salt to the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-18 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the bacon is browned and slightly crisp, place it on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Reserve about a tablespoon of bacon fat and drain the rest. Leave the rest of the drips in the pan. Add the onions to the hot skillet with the bacon fat and sauté over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes, until lightly browned. Add cabbage and stir gently while sautéing and wilting, about 5 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper while cooking.
  3. Drain and place the potatoes back in the hot pot. Put the pot back on the still hot burner (or if your gas stove is on, set the heat to the lowest setting). Grind the potatoes over very low heat and add the milk, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Fold the cooked, minced bacon, cabbage, and onion. Transfer to a serving bowl, form a small well in the center and fill with butter. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Irish Colcannon ~ Potatoes with Bacon and Cabbage

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 2 pounds small red potatoes, chopped into 1 "pieces
  • 1/2 small head of napa cabbage about 4 small cups chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion about 3/4 cup small chopped
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, soft or melted

Instructions

  • Place the potatoes in a saucepan, along with enough water to cover them. Add 2 teaspoons of salt to the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-18 minutes.

  • While the potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the bacon is browned and slightly crisp, place it on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Reserve about a tablespoon of bacon fat and drain the rest. Leave the rest of the drips in the pan. Add the onions to the hot skillet with the bacon fat and sauté over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes, until lightly browned. Add cabbage and stir gently while sautéing and wilting, about 5 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper while cooking.

  • Drain and place the potatoes back in the hot pot. Put the pot back on the burner still warm (or if your gas stove is set, set the heat to minimum). Grind the potatoes over very low heat and add the milk, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Fold the cooked, minced bacon, cabbage, and onion. Transfer to a bowl, form a small well in the center and fill with the butter. Serve hot. Enjoy!

{originally published on 03/13/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 09/24/2019}

colColcannonIrishPapastocino

0 Compartir