Irish Colcannon


1 pound green cabbage (kale can also be used)
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds yellow or red potatoes, scrubbed and cubed but not peeled
2 mediums leeks, split lengthwise and rinsed well
2-3 rashers bacon (optional)
1 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon mace
2 To 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Salt to taste


Chop the cabbage and steam, using minimal water, until quite well done.
Boil potatoes. Clean and chop the leeks, including the first couple of inches of green, put into a saucepan with the milk and simmer until tender.
If using bacon, saute until crisp. When cool enough to handle, break into bite size pieces.
Drain potatoes and mash.
Stir in milk with leeks, cabbage, mace, garlic, and bacon. Gently mix to combine all ingredients, but take care not to over mash the potatoes.


Rebecca Lee's picture

This Irish mashed potato is yummy, may I know what is mace ? Can I omit it or it is the most important ingredient that if without it, it is no more an Irish dish ? Thanks.

Sheri Wetherell's picture

Hi Rebecca! You can omit the mace or use a bit of allspice or nutmeg instead. It's certainly not a star ingredient, only something that adds a dash of flavor! Enjoy!


4 serving


Monday, November 30, 2009 - 5:40pm


Related Cooking Videos