Colcannon is probably my favorite St. Patrick's Day recipe. It combines the lovely, spring-is-finally-here-greenness of kale and leeks with the always alluring comfort of buttery mashed potatoes.

Chef John
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Boil potatoes in a large pot of salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons butter and lightly mash the potatoes.

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  • Boil kale and leeks in a large pot of water until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and transfer kale and leeks to a blender. Add white parts of the green onions and 2 more tablespoons butter; blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed, 1 to 3 minutes.

  • Stir pureed kale mixture into the bowl of potatoes and continue to mash. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Add cream and stir until desired texture. Top with 2 tablespoons butter and green parts of the green onions.

Chef's Note:

You can substitute kale with other leafy greens such as Swiss chard or cabbage.

Nutrition Facts

310 calories; 15.6 g total fat; 44 mg cholesterol; 140 mg sodium. 39.6 g carbohydrates; 5.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2013
I gave this four stars because I changed a few things but the results were great. First I did not blend the greens. Instead I chopped the kale and leek to pretty small pieces before boiling. I drained the greens and squeezed out all the excess water using paper towels. I also sauteed the green onions plus two cloves of garlic in one tablespoon of butter. Then I just mashed everything up with the cream. I thought the results were great and everyone at my St. Patrick's day party liked it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/10/2013
While many of us have enjoyed Chef John's recipes I must admit that this recipe will not be repeated in my kitchen. Pureeing the kale leek and scallions left me totally unimpressed with the overall texture and presentation of the dish. Two tbsps of butter at every step was absolute overkill of a good thing as was the scallion and butter topping. I followed the recipe as written - no tweeking. Reviews of course are influenced by one's personal taste so remember that this is "just my humble opinion". Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2013
I gave this four stars because I changed a few things but the results were great. First I did not blend the greens. Instead I chopped the kale and leek to pretty small pieces before boiling. I drained the greens and squeezed out all the excess water using paper towels. I also sauteed the green onions plus two cloves of garlic in one tablespoon of butter. Then I just mashed everything up with the cream. I thought the results were great and everyone at my St. Patrick's day party liked it. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/10/2013
While many of us have enjoyed Chef John's recipes I must admit that this recipe will not be repeated in my kitchen. Pureeing the kale leek and scallions left me totally unimpressed with the overall texture and presentation of the dish. Two tbsps of butter at every step was absolute overkill of a good thing as was the scallion and butter topping. I followed the recipe as written - no tweeking. Reviews of course are influenced by one's personal taste so remember that this is "just my humble opinion". Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2013
I gave this four stars because I changed a few things but the results were great. First I did not blend the greens. Instead I chopped the kale and leek to pretty small pieces before boiling. I drained the greens and squeezed out all the excess water using paper towels. I also sauteed the green onions plus two cloves of garlic in one tablespoon of butter. Then I just mashed everything up with the cream. I thought the results were great and everyone at my St. Patrick's day party liked it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2013
I tried this as it was healthier Colcannon recipe than I usually make. It also looked pretty with the green kale. However despite sauteeing the kale and leeks I thought the kale was tough. I prefer Dianne's Colannon found on this site.I did make this recipe twice as I did a test run before St. Patrick's Day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2014
My kids love this recipe. It was easy to make and super healthy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2014
I made the mistake of just sauteeing the greens instead of running them through the blender. The flavor was good but the texture would have been much better if I'd blended the ingredients according to the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2014
These were a huge hit at my St. Patrick's Day Pot Luck Party! Something different fun and festive green! Kids love mashed potatoes and since the kale is put in the blender there is nothing for the little one's to stick their nose up at. Just tell them it's food coloring! I did a triple batch to accommodate 12 people and it was just enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2014
Followed to a T and Chef John yet again does not disappoint! Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2015
Made this as recipe states. Was really Tasty. But abit of a hot mess serving it thank god was for my kids and not for guests. I recently discovered chef johns recipes and I love them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2014
This was wicked good! We did it with Kale as called for and it was really delicious. Had it with pork chops in pork gravy and warm brown bread. It'll be on our Easter menu with Ham. Read More
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