Colcannon (Potatoes and Cabbage)

Just in time for St Patrick’s day. The “Cooking Secrets for Men” version of Colcannon, using Bob Evans mashed potatoes instead of making your own. This is just a time saver recipe. Making your own mashed potatoes is nice, but store bought mashed potatoes makes this a simple side dish for St Patrick.s Day.

Colcannon is an Irish dish made from potatoes and greens. Kale or cabbage are most common. The Irish often serve colcannon at Halloween, hiding a thimble, a ring, and small prizes inside.  There really isn’t one way to make colcannon, there are probably as many versions of colcannon as there are Irishmen.

There’s also a song based on the dish, the traditional Irish song “Colcannon.”

Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?


  • 1 large container of Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small head cabbage (about 1 pound), cored and shredded
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon each kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
cabbage for colcannon

Directions for Colcannon

  1. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in large pan
  2. Add shredded cabbage and cook until it wilts, about 5-7 minutes
  3. Add salt and pepper to cabbage as it cooks
  4. While the cabbage is cooking, put the container of mashed potatoes in the microwave and cook on high for 5 minutes.
  5. When mashed potatoes come out of the microwave, add the wilted cabbage and fold to combine.
  6. Top with the green scallions
  7. Transfer the colcannon to a large serving bowl and make a well in the middle of the potatoes
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and serve

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