Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish consisting mainly of mashed potatoes mixed with some type of green vegetable. Usually kale or cabbage are used, but I make mine with spinach. The great thing about making Colcannon for your family, is that even some of the pickiest children will eat "green potatoes," if you catch my drift. Spinach is not the dominant flavor in these buttery potatoes so there is no need to include the "S" word in the name--especially if you are making it for children who say they don't care for spinach.

Not only is Colcannon a sneaky way to get kids to eat greens, but it is also serious comfort food for adults. Sour cream, garlic, and diced green onions give this dish an irresistible creamy, savory flavor. The fact that it is riddled with tiny pieces of spinach is just an added nutritional bonus. I first tried Colcannon at my sister-in-law's house, and I LOVED it. I believe hers was made with kale and coconut milk... Whaaaat?

A few days later I was making my own version of it at home which was equally delicious, and I've been making it ever since.


7 medium sized potatoes
8 ounces sour cream
half a bunch of spinach or about 2 1/2 cups finely chopped
7 green onions
1/2 cup butter
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp salt

Peel or scrub potatoes and cut into thirds. Boil about 45 minutes or until tender.

potatoes cut into thirds and boiling

While potatoes are boiling, chop up spinach, green onions, and garlic. I cut the stems off of the spinach and use only the chopped leaves. Be sure to chop the spinach into very tiny pieces...

chopped spinach for use in potatoes Colcannon

chopped spinach

Saute garlic, spinach, and green onions for about 4 or 5 minutes in the butter over medium high heat. Be careful not to brown the butter. You are mainly just wilting the spinach with this step.

buttery spinach

sauteeing in butter
This may seem like a lot of butter just for sauteing, but it will be dumped into a big pot of mashed potatoes.

Drain potatoes and return to pot. Combine all ingredients and mash. I use an electric hand mixer for about 30 seconds.

Some recipes call for adding ham or bacon to the potato mixture, making it more of a main dish, but mine does not have any meat in it. I serve Colcannon as a side dish with roasted chicken...

 Copyright 2013, Two Chickens In Every Pot, Raani S.


  1. This does look like some seriously good comfort food!
    Glad to have stumbled by your blog!
    Shashi @

  2. Yep, it sure is! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!


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