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Red Potato and Cabbage (Colcannon)

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes: 6 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


1 pound red potatoes (about 3-4 cups chopped)
1 Tablespoon margarine or butter
½ cup chopped onion
6 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (about 1/2 head)
1 cup 1% or nonfat milk
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Scrub potatoes but do not peel. Cut into quarters. Cook in boiling water or steam until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. While potatoes cook, heat butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until it becomes clear, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage begins to brown, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Add milk, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until cabbage is tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. Drain potatoes. Add cabbage mixture to potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or large fork to reach desired texture. Serve warm.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Use any all-purpose potatoes such as yellow or white. Russet potatoes are also good but you may want to peel through the rough skin after scrubbing them.
  • Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.


Made this recipe for a pantry demo where they had lots of cabbage and potatoes. Prepared the recipe ahead of time, refrigerated it, then reheated in a skillet at the pantry. The wonderful smells made everyone want to taste it, and it was a total hit! Will be making this at home.

Made this recipe a couple of years ago.  I got it from the Spanish version calendar, so had to translate some items while I was cooking!   It is super-delicious and hearty, and great on a cold winter tonight.  

I made Colcannon last night with purple cabbage and purple potatoes! It was entertaining to eat a dish of purple food, but the result was delicious! I did add some bright green chopped parsley for a bit of color. I love this recipe.

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