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

Keywords for this recipe:IrelandMash potatoesPotatoesChivesSausageGreen cabbage

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25 min.43 min.1 hour 8 min.
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Step by step recipe

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.


A few days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,604 Kcal or 10,902 Kj51 gr121 gr216 gr
130 %19 %11 %33 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
163 Kcal or 682 Kj3 gr8 gr14 gr
8 %1 %1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
651 Kcal or 2,726 Kj13 gr30 gr54 gr
33 %5 %3 %8 %
% 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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This recipe uses (among others)
Potato puréePotato purée: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Upside-down Parmentier, Dauphinoise potatoes with Serano ham, Aligot, Sausage with duchess potatoes and a Mont d'Or fondue , Chicken Brussels pie, ... All
Green cabbageGreen cabbage: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sautéed green vegetables, Bacon and cabbage omelette, Winegrowers' sausage casserole, How to prepare cabbage, Sautéed Pork with Peanuts, ... All
SausageSausage: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Polish-style beetroot salad, Sausages with baked beans, French style, Duo of slow-cooked pork, Roscoff loaf, Roscoff salad, ... All
Spring onion (scallion)Spring onion (scallion): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Potato galette, Red mullet fillets with a reduced white-wine sauce, Paimpol salad, Tagliatelle with cockles, Lebanese Tabbouleh, ... All

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