Potato colcannon

The humble potato has been a staple of the Irish diet for centuries and has been used in a variety of ways. One of the most popular and well-loved ways to enjoy potatoes is in the dish known as colcannon.

The origins of colcannon are uncertain, but it is thought to date back to the 16th century. The dish was originally a simple mix of mashed potatoes and cabbage, two ingredients that were readily available and cheap. Over time, other vegetables and herbs were added to the dish, such as onions, leeks, kale, and parsley.

There are many different recipes for colcannon, but the basic principle is always the same: creamy mashed potatoes mixed with other greens and vegetables. The dish can be served plain or with a variety of toppings, such as fried onions, bacon, or cheese.


Making a delicious potato colcannon is easy and rewarding. To get the best flavor, start with Yukon Gold potatoes and use a combination of butter and cream to get the creamy, buttery flavor that makes colcannon so delicious. Once the potatoes are cooked, mash them with the butter and cream and add any desired herbs and spices. To make it extra creamy, add a bit of sour cream. Finally, top the colcannon with steamed cabbage, kale, or chard for an extra layer of flavor and texture. Enjoy your delicious potato colcannon!

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Ingredient Breakdown

olive oil
yukon gold potato
celery root
red cabbage
caraway seed
hot milk