St. Patrick's Colcannon


This is an Irish way to deal with leftover corned beef. My husband considers this a wonderful part of the corned beef cycle. I use skin-on red potatoes, and depending on what's in the fridge, I substitute ham for corned beef and leeks for green onions.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, quartered

  • 1 head cabbage, cored and shredded

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 4 green onions, sliced, white parts and tops separated

  • white pepper to taste

  • 1 ¼ cups hot milk

  • 1 pound leftover corned beef, cut into pieces and warmed


  1. Place potatoes into a large saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in cabbage and 2 tablespoons of butter; cover and simmer until the cabbage has softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain.

  3. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic and white parts of green onions. Cook until garlic has softened and mellowed, about 2 minutes.

  4. Drain potatoes and mash with white pepper. Fold in melted butter, milk, cabbage, and corned beef. Sprinkle with green parts of green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

524 Calories
34g Fat
38g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 524
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 17g 84%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 70mg 352%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 1241mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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