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Classic Irish Potato Colcannon

Creamy mashed potato mixed with wilted greens makes for the perfect St Patrick’s Day side dish

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Don’t miss out on this comforting potato side dish at your St Paddy’s day feast.

This recipe is courtesy of Simply Recipes.


  • 2 1/2 Pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Cups chopped greens, such as chard, kale, or cabbage
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 1 Cup whole milk


Put the potatoes in a medium pan and cover with cold water. Add 2 tablespoons salt. Put over a medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Continue boiling, until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes.

Return the empty pan to the stove, and set it over a medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the pan. When it’s sizzling, add the greens. Cook the greens for 3-4 minutes, until they are wilted. Add the green onions, and cook for 1 more minute.

Pour in the milk and add the potatoes back to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium. Using a potato masher, or a fork, mash the potatoes, making sure the greens are dispersed throughout the potatoes.

Add salt to taste, and serve hot, with an extra tablespoon of butter melting on top.