Colcannon Recipe for a Healthy St. Patty’s

colcannon recipe
A colcannon recipe, for a healthy Saint Patrick’s day. Colcannon is an Irish staple, heck they love it so much, there’s even a traditional Gaelic song about it.  Though I’m not Irish myself, I don’t wait around until St. Patrick’s day rolls around to enjoy this simple but satisfying dish. Colcannon is really just mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage mixed in, but the it’d one of those concoctions where the sum is equal to more than the parts.

I actually made the batch pictured here about a month ago.  It is a bit heavier on the kale than most people make it, but I like to mix white beans into the leftovers, when reheating, for a quick vegetarian meal, so the extra greens ensure there’s plenty of nutrients.  Colcannon is comfort food at it’s best.

This kale colcannon recipe is easier than most.  I don’t fuss with extra pans and such.  One is sufficient.

Colcannon Recipe
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  • 2-3 lbs of potatoes (peeled or thin skinned)
  • large bunch of fresh kale
  • ½ cup of milk or cream
  • 2 tbs butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Chop the potatoes into small cubes and put in large pan. Add water to cover potatoes.
  2. Place on med-high burner.
  3. Cut the thick stems out of kale, and chop the leaves. Pile the kale on top of the potatoes and cover. It will steam up there, don't worry if some gets mixed in with the potatoes and boils.
  4. Once the potatoes are soft, drain well and add remaining ingredients.
  5. Mash and mix well.
  6. Serve as you would typical mashed potatoes, or add some sauteed onion or bacon for extra flavor.

kale colcannon


  1. says

    Never heard of this – but yum!! And such beautiful pictures!

  2. says

    not sure what colcannon is but I’m sure you had to of found it tasty to put together that delicious craeations

  3. says

    I have never tried them with Kale, but as an Irish girl, I generally love potatoes in any form.

    • Allie M says

      I’ve never heard of it with kale, either, only with leeks or cabbage.

  4. says

    I’ve never heard of colcannon before. My husband has a close friend who is Irish and we’ve been trying a bunch of different Irish dishes lately.

  5. says

    My mom used to make something like this when we were growing up – she used spinach instead of kale, and added bacon pieces to it. Wonderful comfort food :)

  6. says

    I had never heard of this until now but it sounds good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. says

    I love kale and LOVE anything with potatoes, I’d love this!

  8. says

    I’ve only had colcannon with cabbage–I’m kind of obsessed with kale, though, so I love the idea of using that instead! I love your redesign too, BTW. :)

  9. says

    Okay, I was already planning to post a similar recipe that we make in the Netherlands. Just wanted to give you a heads up and let you know I’m not copying 😛 Plus, your pics are always prettier any way.

  10. says

    Randomly saw this on Pinterest. I grew up on this recipe, as I was born in The Netherlands. Except we called in Boerenkool. I love it especially with sausage mmmmm!

  11. Stephanie says

    I made this recipe tonight and it turned out AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

    • Robin Gagnon says

      Once you start, you’ll find yourself tossing greens into your mashed pretty regularly :).

  12. Caroline says

    I am from Ireland …ie born there lived there for first 20 years of my life ..still have family there …
    Colcannon is made with cabbage not kale ….

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