Irish Mashed Potatoes, also known as, “Colcannon,” is made using boiled russet potatoes and kale or cabbage. The term “colcannon” translates to “white-headed cabbage,” and is traditionally served in Ireland alongside meat or pork. The side dish can be prepared with several adaptations, such as spinach instead of kale, milk instead of buttermilk, and/or shallots or chives instead of green onion.
If you’re looking for a side dish to serve on St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage, colcannon is a delicious go-to. The recipe easily serves 6, but can be scaled up or down to size.
Things You’ll Need
4 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered (2 pounds)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups loosely packed kale leaves, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 green onions, chopped
1-¼ cup buttermilk
Sea salt to taste
Potato masher or sturdy fork
Heat a full pot of water to boiling and peel potatoes.
Chop potatoes into quarters and carefully drop them into the water. Return water to a controlled boil and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are very soft when poked with a fork. Strain potatoes into a colander and set aside.
Heat butter over medium in a large skillet or pot. Add the kale, green onion, and garlic. Saute, stirring frequently, until kale has softened and garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.