KNR, p. 36 “Colcannon”



Colcannon is a buttery, garlicky, creamy variety of mashed potatoes. The menus in Irish pubs list ‘bangers and mash.’ Bangers are large sausages served with the colcannon – a tasty, filling combination. I have also eaten a version of this dish in Ireland with cabbage chunks instead of the kale. The kale version is prettier on the table (IMO).


Patti Phillips
Buttery, garlicky, mashed potatoes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Servings 4


  • 1/2 bunch kale (yields 3/4 cup chopped kale)
  • 3-4 large red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped leeks
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt for potato water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt for seasoning the dish
  • to taste ground pepper


  • Boil potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes (or until fork tender).
  • Meanwhile, wash and trim kale, discarding the spines of the leaves. Blanch, drain, gently squeeze out the water and chop finely. Set aside. 
  • Heat2 tablespoons butter and garlic powder in a large frying pan and cook leeks until tender over low heat, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the chopped kale and 2 Tablespoons butter and cook an additional 10 minutes,stirring frequently.
  • Season with pepper to taste.
  • Drain and mash the potatoes.
  • Whip in the kale mixture and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Slowly beat in cream until mixture is smooth, but still firm.
  • Season with additional salt & pepper if needed.
  • In a small frying pan, brown the onions in the remaining butter. 
  • Create a mound of the potatoes in a serving dish.
  • Make a depression in the center and pour the browned onions and butter in the well until they spill over the side. 
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley. (the photo shows a version I make without the onion topping.)




*Photo by Patti Phillips




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2 thoughts on “KNR, p. 36 “Colcannon””

    1. Patti Phillips

      This is a family favorite and is served all year round, not just on St. Patrick’s Day. I hope you get to try it. 🙂

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