Looking for an easy, hearty recipe for St. Patrick’s Day? Why not try Colcannon – creamy mashed potatoes with bacon and cabbage!
If there’s one thing I absolutely love… It’s potatoes! Maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm, ha!, but I just cannot resist a good potato dish.
Colcannon is a classic Irish recipe – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! It combines creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage (or kale!), spring onions and BACON for the perfectly hearty dish. It’s actually so hearty we often have it as a simple dinner by itself (or with a fried egg), but it goes really well with anything gravy-laden, too.
Best of all? It’s incredibly simple to make with everyday ingredients!
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🥣 Step by Step
1 Cook the potatoes… However you like! Boiled, steamed, in your instant pot. Just use a pot that’s large enough to mash them with the greens later.
2 Fry the bacon, then add the cabbage (Savoy cabbage is best, but regular cabbage or kale can be substituted) and cook for 5 minutes. Add the spring onion and cook a bit more.
3 Add the cabbage/bacon mix to the cooked and drained potatoes. Add some milk, butter, seasoning… And mash until creamy. Done!
I guess traditionally you’d put ANOTHER pat of butter in the middle to serve this, but truthfully… I only do that for the pretty photos 😂
We love this most in place of mash when we make bangers and mash… Yeah, talk about decadent. But it’s also great all fall/winter long with something like homemade Salisbury Steak, Beef Tips or Mushroom Gravy ❤️
- 2 lbs russet potatoes (peeled and cut into chunks)
- 1 tablespoon butter (plus more for mashing and serving)
- 3 oz chopped bacon
- 1 small cabbage (cored and sliced (Savoy cabbage is best; use kale if not available; white cabbage may be used if neither kale nor Savoy cabbage are available))
- 3 spring onions (sliced)
- 2/3 cup whole milk (OR cream for extra decadence)
- Salt & pepper (to taste)
- Potatoes: Cook potatoes until fork-tender. Drain well.
- Bacon/cabbage: While potatoes are cooking, melt butter in wide skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until browned. Add cabbage and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in spring onions and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Mash: Add cabbage/bacon mix to cooked and drained potatoes. Add milk, a pat of butter, salt and pepper and mash until creamy. Serve immediately.