3/10/2022 | By EatingWell Test Kitchen

There are countless variations on this classic Irish potato-and-cabbage combination. Our red potato colcannon is made with steamed red potatoes, sauteed cabbage, and just a touch of butter. It makes a wonderful side dish for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Red Potato Colcannon

Serves 4

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1/2 head)
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Place potatoes in a steamer basket and steam, covered, until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk, salt and white pepper; cover and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the cabbage mixture to the potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or a large fork to desired consistency.

Recipe nutrition per serving: 179 Calories, Total Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Fiber: 5 g, Added Sugars: 0 g, Protein: 6 g, Sodium: 653 mg, Potassium: 842 mg, Folate: 24 mcg, Calcium: 154 mg.

Carbohydrate servings: 2.

Related: Irish potato candy – not potatoes, but sweet morsels of coconut and cream cheese, sprinkled with cinnamon

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