Rating: 4.64 stars
33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This is not the traditional colcannon, a mashed potato and cabbage dish from Ireland. I have spiced it up and put my own spin on it, but it is WONDERFUL comfort food. Cheap and easy. I top it with cheese and serve as a main dish.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, set heat to medium-low, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

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  • Stir milk, mayonnaise, and butter into potatoes. Mash with a potato masher until smooth.

  • Cook and stir bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Stir onion, garlic, and cayenne pepper into bacon and drippings and cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir cabbage and water into onion mixture until cabbage is wilted, about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

  • Fold cabbage mixture into mashed potatoes.

  • Cook and stir ham pieces in the same skillet used for cabbage mixture until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Stir cooked ham into mashed potato and cabbage mixture until combined.

Nutrition Facts

343 calories; protein 12.8g; carbohydrates 36g; fat 17g; cholesterol 41mg; sodium 585.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (36)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2013
Yum! Not only is this cheap to make, it's equally easy to throw together and surprisingly filling too. Although fine as is, I do have one suggestion for improvement. Instead of slicing your cabbage, I suggest you chop it. Both my hubs and I agree that chopped or finely shredded cabbage (i.e. the pre-packaged stuff) would be a better choice for this dish. It would cook quicker (as is, my cabbage was a *tad* crunchy - and I even cooked it longer than directed) and incorporate MUCH better with the potatoes. I guess this is a matter of preference, but it is a definite must for my hubs and I. And for the one reviewer who thought this was bland... Bah! The key is s&p and LOTS of it. :) It's a shame this only has three reviews. Hopefully others will follow suit and soon discover this wonderful gem and add their positive comments for others to see! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Ashley! :-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2019
Interesting taste first time making this. Not bad tasting but I am not sure if anybody else in my family will like it. I had to use up the potatoes and cabbage that I used for my corned beef and cabbage that I am baking according to another recipe on this site. The cabbage was not very thinly slice so it took over 30 minutes to wilt when it was with the onion mixture. Read More
33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2013
Yum! Not only is this cheap to make, it's equally easy to throw together and surprisingly filling too. Although fine as is, I do have one suggestion for improvement. Instead of slicing your cabbage, I suggest you chop it. Both my hubs and I agree that chopped or finely shredded cabbage (i.e. the pre-packaged stuff) would be a better choice for this dish. It would cook quicker (as is, my cabbage was a *tad* crunchy - and I even cooked it longer than directed) and incorporate MUCH better with the potatoes. I guess this is a matter of preference, but it is a definite must for my hubs and I. And for the one reviewer who thought this was bland... Bah! The key is s&p and LOTS of it. :) It's a shame this only has three reviews. Hopefully others will follow suit and soon discover this wonderful gem and add their positive comments for others to see! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Ashley! :-) Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2012
I have made this tonight for dinner for family and friends. I cooked the spuds on the cook top as the 1st part of this recipe. All the other cooking I did in the microwave. Faster, easier and less time involved. This tasted great. Will make this often. Thank you Ashley for what will become a favourate. Spuds don't need to be boring, just really tasty like this recipe. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
I love to make this. It's so simple Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2013
Made this using leftover corned beef, fried cabbage and mashed potatoes. Added a pinch of red pepper and topped with shredded sharp cheddar. We enjoyed the original recipe as well as the improvised version. A handy go-to! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2014
I just made this for dinner tonight and was very happy with it. I probably didn't follow the recipe directions to a T (I read it then just go by memory) and I left out the cayenne pepper because my kids won't touch anything spicy in any way. Otherwise I used all the same ingredients and it was very tasty! I salted my water when boiling the potatoes and salted my cabbage a bit when adding it to the pan and it definitely was not bland at all. My kids are already begging for more! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2019
We really enjoyed this as part of our New Years dinner. The only changes I made were to omit the mayonnaise (we just don't care that much for mayo), added a little more than 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, added about 1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt to the cabbage mixture, and omitted the ham. Everyone thought it was great and my boyfriend asked me to make it again--very soon. Thank you for another great recipe. Edit: I made this again 11/2019 and made a couple of changes. I boiled the potatoes in vegetable stock and then, in place of 1/2 cup of water I added 1/2 cup of the potato/vegetable stock. I used seasoned salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash to season it. Very, very good. Hubby (boyfriend in earlier review) loved it and has asked me to make it again, only two days after I made it before. Success! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2014
This a family favorite. I do shred some cheddar to sprinkle on top per another review's suggestion. Love this with our home grown caraflex cabbage but with plain old grocery store stuff it is still yummy comfort food. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2014
I thought this was very tasty. I didn't have ham so just used bacon but it was very good without it. The cayenne pepper is a plus! Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2014
We think this is the bomb! A great mix of flavors and a meal in one dish - no need for anything else. Did not vary anything except for the use Greek Yogurt in place of mayo and a little more than half a pack of pre-shredded cabbage (will use the whole package next time). Yummmmm Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2019
Interesting taste first time making this. Not bad tasting but I am not sure if anybody else in my family will like it. I had to use up the potatoes and cabbage that I used for my corned beef and cabbage that I am baking according to another recipe on this site. The cabbage was not very thinly slice so it took over 30 minutes to wilt when it was with the onion mixture. Read More