101 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 74
  • 4 Rating Star 24
  • 3 Rating Star 3

I make this every St. Patrick's Day. My family loves it and I don't know why I don't make it more often. Don't forget to hide a dollar coin or two for the lucky children who find them.

20 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Max Servings:



  • Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Season the potatoes with salt, and mash with 6 tablespoons of butter, sour cream, egg, and milk.

    Ads will not print with your recipe
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2-quart casserole.

  • Heat 1 teaspoon butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the cabbage, leeks, and onion until the cabbage is tender and the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Crush 2 bouillon cubes into the cabbage mixture, and stir to blend and dissolve the cubes. Stir the cabbage mixture into the potato mixture until thoroughly mixed, and spoon into the prepared casserole.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes; top with Cheddar cheese, and return to oven until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.


Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

237.47 calories; 5.71 g protein; 20.57 g carbohydrates; 2.96 g dietary-fiber; 2.91 g sugars; 15.39 g fat; 9.43 g saturated-fat; 61.54 mg cholesterol; 878.15 IU vitamin-a-iu; 2.25 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.35 mg vitamin-b6; 28.81 mg vitamin-c; 46.58 mcg folate; 113.35 mg calcium; 1.43 mg iron; 34.04 mg magnesium; 479.77 mg potassium; 428.27 mg sodium; 0.11 mg thiamin; 138.49 calories-from-fat; 33 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 56 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 9 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 34 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat

Reviews (83)

Read All Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Perhaps you meant 3 pounds versus 3 potatoes? This was delicious...I added 10 oz of chopped ham to make it a one course meal. Would make again...

Most helpful critical review

Made it without eggs so substituted flour to bind. Hd it with salmon. Worked well as a side dish. It's not a star dish that you buld a meal around in my mind but a good dish for complementing meat dishes. Would make a great dish to take to a potluck dinner or to sneal greens into kids:).
101 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 74
  • 4 Rating Star 24
  • 3 Rating Star 3
Perhaps you meant 3 pounds versus 3 potatoes? This was delicious...I added 10 oz of chopped ham to make it a one course meal. Would make again...
Made this for St. Paddys and everyone loved it. So filling and rich but so so delicious! I must confess however that I did start by frying up about a half pound of bacon and then sauted the cabbage leeks and onions in the bacon grease and added the bacon back in the dish before baking. Boy that was decadent and fattening but divine! The whole family loved this and have been asking me to make it again.
Sarah Jo
My potatoes were kind of small (organic reds) so I used a few more. I didn't have bouillion cubes but I did have chicken Better than bouillion so I used a couple teaspoons of that. Because I always make colcannon with bacon I did add a half pound of cooked crumbled turkey bacon. This was super yummy--we all enjoyed it quite a bit. A new unique way to eat colcannon!
VERY GOOD! I did add a little extra salt and pepper but that was my own preference. I would definately make this more often than just on St. Patrick's Day and I intend to! Also I did assemble this the night before and just baked it off the next day...it worked out perfectly! Thanks for sharing.:)
Great recipe! I used 2 bags of shredded hashbrowns instead of mashed potatoes. Chopped medium head of cabbage with 4 leeks sauteed in olive oil with salt till tender. Combined with uncooked hash browns and other ingredients (except bouillon because I had none ) added some garlic powder and paprika. I put cheese inside the mixture added some extra on top at the end of baking. Went well with pork chops.
Thank you so much for posting a recipe that actually sounds like Colcannon. I have always prepared or purchased in an Irish pub Colcannon that is made with Irish bacon two kinds of cabbage and BAKED. That's the only way I have ever had it. I don't know what to call the other socalled Colcannon recipes I saw on this website.
Turned out very good with a nice flavor. I used 5 large potatoes (Costco size) and also put 5 crushed garlic cloves in with the potatoes. Next time I think I will add some bacon.
Yummy! Made this last night to go with the corned beef for our "early" St. Patrick's day supper. Used kale instead of cabbage (my preference) used 10 very small white rose potatoes (all I had) and added about 1/2 lb. bacon diced and cooked crispy. Forgot to add the bit of milk -oops! Came out perfect! Just fit into my large Pyrex deep-dish pie plate. Hubby loved the addition of the bacon and the leeks added a nice bit of sweetness. Thanks for the great recipe!
I doubled this and took it to a St Patty's Day Potluck and it was a huge hit! 4 people asked for the recipe. I left out the leeks but other than that followed it exactly. I made it up the night before then baked it just before the party. It was delicious!