FoodSaint Patrick's Day delight: Enjoy traditional Irish colcannon

Saint Patrick's Day delight: Enjoy traditional Irish colcannon

The first time I ate them was in Ireland on Saint Patrick's Day. They taste divine.
The first time I ate them was in Ireland on Saint Patrick's Day. They taste divine.
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6:39 PM EDT, June 10, 2024

I first tried Colcannon in a small Irish pub in Dublin. It was Saint Patrick's Day, and being fascinated by Irish culture, I eagerly immersed myself in the rich flavors of the local cuisine. Colcannon—aromatic mashed potatoes with kale and cabbage—instantly stole my heart.

In Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day is a holiday and an opportunity to enjoy unique dishes such as colcannon. This delicious dish will delight your taste buds and provide valuable nutrients. Discover how easy it is to create this culinary masterpiece.

Colcannon: tradition and flavor in one

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish whose history dates back to prehistoric times. Initially, it was a festive dish served only on Saint Patrick's Day and Halloween. A ring was placed in it, and the person who found it could expect a quick marriage. Today, colcannon is a popular side dish for meats, fish, and beer, loved by the Irish and tourists.

The secret lies in the ingredients:

  • Potatoes: rich in carbohydrates, potassium, and vitamin C.
  • Kale: a source of vitamins A, C, K, folate, and calcium.
  • Cabbage: rich in vitamins C and K, fiber, and antioxidants.
  • Butter: adds a creamy texture and rich flavor.
  • Plain yogurt: enhances flavor and nutritional value.

The combination of these ingredients provides:

  • Distinct, slightly spicy flavor.
  • Abundance of vitamins and minerals.
  • Creamy texture and velvety smoothness.
  • The perfect side dish for meats, fish, and beer.

Recipe for traditional colcannon


  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • up to 0.6 cups of milk
  • 3 onions
  • salt and pepper
  • chives for garnish


  1. Peel and boil the potatoes with a pinch of salt. Once ready, drain them.
  2. In a separate pan, melt the butter and add the chopped onions, kale, and cabbage—Sauté over low heat for about 4 minutes.
  3. Gradually add yogurt to the vegetables, stirring continuously.
  4. Mash the boiled potatoes and mix with the sautéed vegetables and milk.
  5. Season the mashed potatoes with salt and pepper, then mix thoroughly.
  6. Serve the mashed potatoes with butter and chopped chives.
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