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(18 ratings)

Ready in 35 - 40 mins


Serves 6
Side dishes don’t come more Irish than creamy colcannon - try Kevin Dundon's version

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal364
  • fat25g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars0.2g
  • fibre4g
  • protein9g
  • salt1g
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  • 1kg potato, well scrubbed (cut any large ones in half)



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 100g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g sliced back bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 small Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 150ml double cream


  1. Tip the potatoes into a large saucepan of water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 mins, or until the flesh is tender when pierced.

  2. Meanwhile, heat quarter of the butter in a saucepan, then fry the bacon and half the cabbage for 5 mins (see Kevin’s tip, below, for how to use remaining cabbage). Turn off the heat and set aside. Drain potatoes in a colander and peel while still hot.

  3. Mash potato until smooth. Heat cream with remaining butter and, when almost boiling, beat into the potato. Add bacon and cabbage to potato and mix. Season if you want.

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30th Jul, 2012
This is very tasty with a little melted cheese on top too
9th Apr, 2012
I thought this was realy nice,i see some people question the ingredients...Nah,it's right what it says,the cream should be in it and not overpowering,it's what makes it that bit more than just mash...Don't be shy with the cabbage(even if it looks like a lot)it turns to nothing while frying...Don't cut it up too much,nor the bacon..A very lovely side dish,seconded many times by friends i told about it..easy with great results....recomended....And the tip for whats left is just under,it says "TRY" next to "Buttered cabbage"..also lovely....Goes very well with the Guiness beef...And that it just wow....Enjoy peeps..
18th Jan, 2011
Beautiful! So much nicer than regular mash when you want a bit of a treat.
9th Oct, 2010
My partner and i made this as part of a meal and we halved the ingredient's for just the two of us and we thought it was absolutely gorgeous. we thought the cream wasn't really necessary and may try just a dash of milk next time oh and where was kevin's tip for the leftover cabbage???
23rd Aug, 2010
Excellent easy recipe. Definitely will cook this again.
18th Aug, 2009
Hubby & kids enjoyed this. would also leave out cream next time found the taste of the cream overpowered the other flabours.
3rd Jul, 2009
if there are any left overs (which is rare!!) can be made into delicuos hash brown type things. fried of i a little butter
18th Apr, 2009
Husband and I love this, we have it with pork loins for a treat.
7th Apr, 2009
Bloody lovely!
31st Mar, 2009
lovely but second time round didn't add the cream doesn't need it


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