There are countless variations on this classic Irish potato-and-cabbage combination--ours is made with steamed red potatoes, sautéed cabbage and just a touch of butter.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007




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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Place potatoes in a steamer basket and steam, covered, until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage begins to brown, about 5 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk, salt and white pepper; cover and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the cabbage mixture to the potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or a large fork to desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

191 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 35.4g; dietary fiber 6.6g; sugars 11.6g; fat 3.8g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 10.7mg; vitamin a iu 396.6IU; vitamin c 95.6mg; folate 94.9mcg; calcium 201.8mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 67.6mg; potassium 1078.7mg; sodium 647.8mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Very yummy and filling! I made this for dinner tonight as a side for my meatloaf. They went together very well. I didn't have red potatoes so I just used my regular potatoes and was not disappointed. I found it a bit bland so I added garlic salt more pepper and some chives. I also served it with some plain yogurt in place of sour cream. I will definitely make this dish again. Pros: Healthy and filling. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy to make delicious comfort food! This took even less time to prepare than it said. I already had shredded the cabbage a few days before when I picked up my CSA share. Also you can do all the steps with onions and cabbage while the potatoes are cooking. I just lifted the steamer out of the dutch oven poured out the cooking water and mashed everything together in the dutch oven. I didn't have white pepper so I used black pepper and it was fine. Pros: Easy to prepare inexpensive Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great combination We don't do low-fat cooking so we substituted raw goat milk (from our own farm -- the only milk we drink now) and it was fantastic. I substituted black pepper for white -- no problem there. White pepper might be a little more subtle. Pros: Filling great nutrition Cons: Uses a few bowls and pans Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was a great easy recipe to use up the abundant amount of potatoes and purple cabbage I had. I used extra onions and garlic and replaced the milk with chicken broth instead. Soo yummy and a little healthier that way.:) Read More
Rating: 1 stars
This recipe needs help When I made this recipe it did not come out looking like the picture. The cabbage was well overcooked and pale. I think it would have been better to skip the last step and just cook the cabbage as described in the second step and skip boiling it for 8 minutes in the milk. The second night I added dill and more butter and it was much improved. Either a little vinegar or sour cream might also be of benefit. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Bland cabbage was overcooked Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is the perfect comfort food. Substituted olive oil for the butter just to make it a bit more healthy. Yum Pros: So far every one I have made it for was pleased. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
delicious when I read the recipe my first thought was something without sugar and very little fat can't taste that great but it was delicious! I didn't have white pepper so used black pepper and added a little thyme otherwise followed the recipe. Pros: cheap healthy and easy to make Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is some sublime comfort food. My husband and I both loved it and it is a great way to get more cabbage into your diet. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This Red Potato Colcannon was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C! This St. Patrick's Day I wanted to cook some authentic Irish food that was both delicious and healthy. This side dish met all the requirements! I would highly recommend. You will be happy you included this dish in your Irish Celebration or any other day for that matter.:-D Read More