This Colcannon has cabbage, potatoes, leeks, and kale. There are many variations for this great Irish dish!

I like to make it for St. Patrick’s Day, but it is great for any day!  

I love it as a side dish with lamb. 

I think the leeks make it so-o good!   

NOTE: You can also make it a complete one-dish meal with chunks of meat in it.

Try ham, lamb, or corned beef mixed in, yum!      


Cabbage, potatoes, leeks, and kale together make Colcannon, that delicious traditional Irish dish people love around St. Patrick’s Day, or any day!  Colcannon goes really well with lamb or corned beef.  I love the leeks in it!
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6
Calories: 298


  • ½ pound cabbage (½ head), cored and cut into large chunks
  • water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 potatoes peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 leeks chopped, (discard dark green tops)
  • 1 cup milk
  • teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • ½ cup butter melted


  • In a large soup pot, put in the cabbage chunks. Add water to cover the tops of the cabbage chunks and add the salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and kale. Let it simmer on medium low for 10 more minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cook the milk and leeks together over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until the leeks are tender. Reduce the heat to very low to keep the milk and leeks warm.
  • Drain the vegetable mixture, then return it to the pan off the heat. Stir in the leeks and milk mixture and the melted butter.
  • Mash the mixture a few times with a hand masher, being sure all the potato chunks are mashed at least once.
  • Stir in the nutmeg. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper if desired.


ADD MEAT for a complete, one-dish meal! Ham, lamb, or corned beef mixed in is delish! 
Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 1321mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg

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