Colcannon Potatoes (Irish Mashed Potatoes)

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Colcannon Potatoes is an easy appetizer that can be made in no time. Creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage makes for a great combination!

Sometimes side dishes can be more fun that the main dish. Sides like Greek potatoes, Mediterranean oven roasted vegetables or garlic butter mashed potatoes are some of those sides that I can easily have as a main dish because they’re just super tasty! 

Colcannon Mash is an easy appetizer that can be made in no time and served with flavorful chicken. Creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage makes for a great combination!

Colcannon potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day

Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day? What’s going to be on your menu? I think potatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients out there. Boiled, grilled, baked: however they are, they taste great! We love potatoes in any shape or form, whether it be homemade cheesy scalloped potatoes or Yeralma Yumurta – potatoes and eggs. And today I’m introducing another potato combination!

This year we are going to make a basic Irish dish called Colcannon Mash for St. Patrick’s Day and we’re going to serve it with Cooked Perfect® Fire Grilled Chicken to bring flavorful convenience to our get together.

What is colcannon potatoes?

Colcannon potatoes or colcannon mash is a common Irish appetizer that’s made with simple ingredients including cabbage and potatoes. People usually make this Irish mashed potatoes on St. Patrick’s day and enjoy it with other dishes. This Irish dish made its way to Scotland through years and now you can find it common in both countries. 

What is Colcannon made of?

The ingredients for Irish Colcannon potatoes recipe are simple and easy to find: cabbage, potatoes, onion, chives, butter and milk. Some colcannon recipes call for leeks in addition to onion and chives. 

How to make Colcannon mashed potatoes

Start with boiling the red potatoes. I prefer using red potatoes as I love their texture and flavor. Sauté the onion in a large pan until golden brown and then add the shredded cabbage and cook for about ten to fifteen minutes until it’s soft and flavorful. Once the red potatoes are fully cooked, drain and start mashing them. Add in butter and milk and mash until everything is fully combined.

Add the sautéed onion and cabbage to the mashed potatoes and stir well. Add in salt and pepper to taste and serve warm. It’s such a comforting appetizer! I always make sure to make a large batch as one serving is totally not enough!

What do you serve with Colcannon?

We love serving this Irish mashed potatoes with a type of protein such as chicken. Cooked Perfect Fire Grilled Chicken is a great addition to Colcannon mash to turn it into a delicious meal with tons of flavor.

Traditionally, people served colcannon mash with corned beef on St. Patrick’s day. Check out Sweet and Savory Recipes’ recipe for slow cooker corned beef

Serve Colcannon mash with fire grilled buffalo ranch style chicken.

My family likes this Irish potatoes recipe a lot because of its simplicity and flavor. It’s good to see that we have found another way to serve cabbage at home that goes beyond salad. I love how soft and tasty cabbage is in Colcannon potatoes and the caramelized onion gives a subtle sweetness to this dish which is just perfect.

Colcannon mash with buffalo chicken makes a delicious meal.

Notes and tips to make Colcannon mashed potatoes:

  • I love to keep the skin on the red potatoes because of their texture and flavor. But you can use other types of potatoes and just peel the skin off.
  • If chives are not available, you can use scallions instead.
  • Add some minced garlic to the cooked onion with the cabbage for a kick of flavor.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.
  • Looking for more diversity? You can make colcannon potatoes with kale, cheese or bacon as well. 

Serve buffalo chicken with mashed potatoes and cabbages are great for St. Patrick's day.

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Colcannon Mash

Colcannon Mash is a delicious appetizer that's perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The easy and delicous combination of potatoes and cabbage is perfect! 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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  • 1 lb Red Potatoes, Washed
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large Onion, Sliced
  • 6 cups Shredded Cabbage
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Chives, Chopped
  • 1 package Cooked Perfect Fire Grilled Chunks Buffalo Ranch


  • In a large post, boil the red potatoes until fully cooked. 
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan, saute sliced onion until golden. 
  • Add in shredded cabbage and cook until it's soft and cooked. Add in salt and pepper. 
  • Drain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl. Leave the skin on. 
  • Mash the potatoes using a fork or a potato masher. Add in butter and milk, mix well.
  • Mix in the onion and cabbage mixture into the mashed potatoes.  Mix in with chopped chives. 
  • Prepare Cooked Perfect Fire Grilled Chunks Buffalo Ranch according to the packaging. Serve with Colcannon Mash. 


If chives are not available, use scallions to add more flavor to Colcannon Mash. 


Calories: 400kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried to make this type of potatoes before, but this is such a tasty and easy way to prepare them!

  2. 5 stars
    These potatoes are so yummy! While I love that at St. Patricks Day, I also love them during football season! Such a great appetizer idea!