Cabbage in Colcannon

Easy Colcannon recipe for St Patrick’s Day

Easy Colcannon recipe for St Patrick’s Day- 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.

Cabbage in Colcannon
Cabbage in Colcannon

This 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.

Traditional Irish Song

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?

cabbage for colcannon
Cabbage for Colcannon

Colcannon for St Patrick’s Day

Easy Colcannon recipe for St Patrick’s Day – Simple and quick side dish for St. Patrick’s Day. Wilted cabbage in mashed potatoes with lots of butter. What’s not to like?
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Colcannon, St Patrick’s Day
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 380kcal


  • 1 large container of Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 small head cabbage about 1 pound, cored and shredded
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp each kosher salt & black pepper


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



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.2g | Protein: 14.2g | Fat: 14.1g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18.9mg | Sodium: 1095.3mg | Potassium: 1520.8mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 5.7g | Vitamin A: 392.3IU | Vitamin C: 40.6mg | Calcium: 102.6mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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Colcannon for St Patrick's Day
Colcannon for St Patrick’s Day

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