Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish that exemplifies the delicious simplicity of Irish cuisine. Made with mashed potatoes, kale or cabbage, butter, and cream, colcannon is a comforting and nourishing side dish. It celebrates the humble potato, a staple of Irish agriculture for centuries.


The preparation involves boiling the potatoes until tender. They are then mashed with the cooked greens and blended in rich butter and cream to create a creamy and indulgent texture.

It bears a resemblance to another Irish dish called “champ”. Champ is essentially the same but it is mixed with chopped spring onions or scallions instead of kale or cabbage.

Both colcannon and champ are commonly served as accompaniments to meat, particularly bacon or boiled ham.

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Colcannon, however, takes the spotlight on Halloween with the fun, fortune-telling game tradition. This involves hiding small trinkets, like coins or rings, within the dish. Whoever finds these surprises in their serving of colcannon is said to receive either fortune or love within the year.

This simple yet delightful dish is a testament to the cherished flavors of Ireland and a must-try for anyone seeking a taste of authentic Irish cuisine.

For a great Colcannon recipe, check out Irish American mom’s site here.