Bacon Colcannon

    40 minutes

    Colcannon is often just mashed potatoes with kale but this version is beefed up with bacon and onion. Delicious, especially in the winter months.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 750g potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
    • 4 bacon rashers
    • 1/2 small head cabbage, chopped
    • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 60g butter, melted

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until tender.
    2. Place bacon in a large frypan and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving the fat, crumble and set aside.
    3. Fry the cabbage and onion in the bacon fat, then cover and cook until soft and transparent.
    4. Drain the cooked potatoes, mash with milk and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the bacon, cabbage, and onions then transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl.
    5. Make a well in the centre, and pour in the melted butter. Serve immediately.

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    Made it healthier. I loved the look of the recipe but needed to use up some vegetables I had in the fridge. used all of the ingredients listed and to the cabbage I added 1 large grated carrot and 2 tsp crushed garlic. I used bacon, but I took all of the fat off and just used a splash of olive oil to cook the cabbage and onion and carrot. To the potato, I added some cauliflower and steamed it with the potato and mashed it together.  -  04 Aug 2009


    Oh wow - so delicious! I have never had colcannon before but needed to use up some potatoes, so decided to give this a go. I used red cabbage and red onion because that's all I had, but it works beautifully!  -  04 Oct 2011


    The whole family loved this recipe, from the 3yr old to the 14yr old, even Hubby. A great winter dish.  -  04 Aug 2009