Colcannon is a traditional Irish side dish of mashed potatoes and cooked cabbage and is packed with so much amazing flavor. This is, without a doubt, an instant favorite.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4-6


  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  • 6-8 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Butter (for serving)
  • Cooked bacon (for serving)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for serving)


Bring cabbage and water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain cabbage and reserve water from pot. Set cabbage aside.

Place potatoes in a large pot. Add reserved cabbage water and add additional water to fully cover potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until fork tender, about 10-15 minutes.

While potatoes cook, bring milk and onion to a boil in a small pot over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.

Drain potatoes. Place potatoes in a large bowl and roughly mash with a potato masher or fork. Add milk mixture and cabbage and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with butter, bacon and parsley prior to serving.


ORANGE & FIELD TIP: Colcannon is traditionally made with either cabbage or kale. If using kale, cook it for 2 minutes and then transfer to an ice bath until ready to use. Be sure to reserve the kale water for cooking the potatoes.