St Patrick’s Day Colcannon

Fancy trying a traditional Irish dish for St Patrick ’s Day? Colcannon is a great side dish and good for using up left over potatoes. Serve with an Irish stew or Beef and Guinness pie, for a full Irish experience!


Serves 4

Preparation time 10 mins

Cooking time: 30mins



  • 1.5 kg (3lb) potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 450g (1lb) green cabbage, shredded
  • 100g (4oz) butter / margarine
  • Splash of milk or soya milk (optional)
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Boil the potatoes until cooked. Drain and mash well, incorporating half of the butter / margarine and a little milk if liked
  2. Steam the cabbage until tender and mix into the mashed potatoes.
  3. Melt a knob of the remaining butter in a small frying pan and fry the onion until starting to colour. Stir into the mashed potato mixture
  4. Season the mixture well and serve in mounds on individual plates. Make a well in the centre of each mound and add a knob of butter.


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