Kale Colcannon Recipe

Jan Scott March 16, 2022

What even is Kale Colcannon?! Colcannon is a traditional Irish recipe, typically made by incorporating cabbage or kale into mashed potatoes. Ultimately it’s a hearty side dish made of creamy mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage, kale, chard, or other greens, and a generous slab of butter.


Serves 4

Kale Colcannon Recipe

You’ll Need

  • 4 russet or Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
  • Salt
  • 5 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 3-4 cups finely chopped kale (or cabbage or Swiss chard)
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 cup milk or light cream
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Pepper

Prep and Cook

  • 1
    Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water.
    Add a large pinch of salt and place over high heat.
    Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the potatoes are fork tender.
    Drain the potatoes and return the pot to the stove.
  • 2
    Place 4 tablespoons of the butter in the pot to melt.
    Add the kale and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes.
    Add the green onions and cook for one minute more.
    Pour the milk into the pot and cook until warmed through.
  • 3
    Return the potatoes to the pot and mash with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher.
    Add the parsley and season well with salt and pepper.
  • 4
    Spoon the warm potatoes into a serving bowl and top with the remaining tablespoon of butter. Serve warm.

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