This colcannon recipe is a mix of mashed potatoes, sauteed cabbage and bacon, all combined to form a hearty and savory side dish. Colcannon pairs perfectly with chicken, beef and pork, and also happens to be super easy to make.
Have you ever tried colcannon? If not, you’re missing out. This recipe is delectable blend of cabbage, potatoes and bacon, all mashed together for a creamy and satisfying dish.
What is colcannon made of?
Colcannon is an Irish recipe made with just a few simple ingredients. This side dish always contains potatoes, butter, some type of greens and herbs. Russet potatoes are most commonly used, but Yukon Gold potatoes are also a good option. The greens typically consist of either shredded cabbage or kale. There are often other ingredients added into the mix such as leeks, green onions, parsley or bacon.
How do you make colcannon?
This recipe starts with potatoes, which are peeled, then boiled until tender. While the potatoes are boiling, it’s time to cook up the rest of the dish. Bacon goes into a pan and cooks until crispy and browned. The bacon is removed from the pan, and cabbage is sauteed in the remaining bacon fat. The potatoes are mashed with some butter and cream until smooth, then the bacon and cabbage mixture are stirred into the potatoes. Add some fresh herbs for garnish, then serve and enjoy.
Tips for the perfect side dish
- Cut your potatoes into similar sized pieces. This helps to make sure that all the potatoes finish cooking at the same time.
- You can use a potato masher, a hand mixer, or potato ricer to mash your potatoes. Don’t use a food processor, it will make the colcannon gummy.
- This recipe can be made up to 3 days in advance. Reheat your colcannon on the stovetop or in the oven.
- You can freeze this dish for up to 2 months in an airtight container.
- Use a mandoline to finely shred the cabbage. You can also buy a bag of pre-shredded cabbage to save on time.
This recipe is fabulous as written, but you can switch up the ingredients to customize this dish to your tastes.
- Meat: Instead of bacon, try using pancetta or even ham for a totally different flavor profile.
- Greens: Skip the cabbage and substitute in sauteed kale, spinach or swiss chard.
- Garlic Lover’s: Increase the amount of garlic to 1 tablespoon, or use 1/4 cup of whole roasted garlic cloves instead.
- Dairy: Try this recipe with sour cream or cream cheese instead of heavy cream.
Whether you’re looking for an easy and unexpected side dish, or searching for a recipe to accompany your St. Patrick’s Day corned beef, this colcannon is sure to hit the spot!
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- 3 pounds Russet potatoes peeled and quartered
- 6 slices bacon diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic minced
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup green onions thinly sliced
- 1 cup heavy cream can also use milk
- 1/4 cup butter cut into slices
- additional butter, bacon and green onions or parsley for garnish optional
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the potatoes for 15-18 minutes or until tender. Drain the potatoes.
- While the potatoes are cooking, place the bacon in a pan over medium heat. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
- Remove the bacon from the pan.
- Add the cabbage and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until cabbage is wilted. Stir in the green onions and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds.
- Place the potatoes back in the pot. Add the heavy cream, butter and salt and pepper to taste. Mash until smooth.
- Pour the cabbage mixture and bacon into the mashed potatoes. Stir to combine.
- Serve immediately, topped with butter, bacon and herbs if desired.