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Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish, made by mixing creamy mashed potatoes (or purée) with cabbage, chives and spring onions.

There are many different versions and ways to adapt this classic recipe. My version here serves it with baked sausages.
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Last modified on: April 23th 2017

For 4 people, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
25 min.43 min.1 hour 8 min.
Keeping: A few days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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Stage 1 - 20 min.
Colcannon : Photo of step #1
Prepare 500 g green cabbage (green really is best for this).

Drain thoroughly and leave to wait on absorbant paper.

Stage 2 - 40 min.
Colcannon : Photo of step #2
Wrap the sausages in aluminium foil and cook in the oven at 360°F (180°C) for about 40 minutes.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
Colcannon : Photo of step #3
Rinse, peel and chop 100 g spring onion (scallion).

Stage 4 - 3 min.
Colcannon : Photo of step #4
Melt 50 g butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the cabbage and onion.

Salt, pepper and cook gently for 2 or 3 minutes.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Colcannon : Photo of step #5
Reheat 700 g potato purée in a saucepan on low heat, then add the cabbage and onion mixture.

Finish by adding the chopped chives, then check the seasoning.

Stage 6
Colcannon : Photo of step #6
Serve on hot plates, with a bed of colcannon and the sausages sliced on top.


As you can see, I have added sausages here (smoked), but my friend Frances from Dublin tells me that in Ireland they don't normally serve meat with colcannon, except for maybe a bit of bacon.

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% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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