Irish Potatoes and Kale - colcannon

Colcannon – Side Dish of Irish Potatoes and Kale

Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Kale) is a delicious Irish side dish of creamy mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. Both kale and cabbage provide healthy amounts of fiber, antioxidants, and calcium as well as a host of other nutrients. So, choose whichever you prefer or have available.

Traditionally, Irish Potatoes and Kale are served with a dollop of butter on top of each serving.

Colcannon – Irish Potatoes and Kale Ingredients

  • 2 – 2.5 pounds or about 4 russet potatoes
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups of kale (ribs removed and chopped into small pieces)
  • 1 leek or about 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup milk or cream


  1. Peel potatoes and cut into large chunks.
  2. Put in a medium saucepan and cover by 1 inch with cold water. Boil until potatoes are fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain.
  3. Melt butter in the saucepan, add leeks and kale. Cook around 5 minutes until kale is wilted.
  4. In a large bowl, add potatoes and milk.
  5. Mash potatoes. Add kale and leeks.
  6. Serve hot with additional butter on top if desired.

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