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Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes with Kale)

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword colcannon, kale, mashed potatoes, potato, vegetable
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 Servings


  • 5-6 russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter + more for serving
  • 3 cups chopped kale leaves
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, add the potatoes and fill with water until it reaches halfway up the potatoes. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes. Drain the water, but leave the potatoes in the pot. Cover and let rest 5 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the chopped kale and saute, stirring often, until wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • In a medium saucepan, simmer milk and chopped green onions over medium low heat, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat, stir in wilted kale, and cover.
  • Peel the potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add the milk mixture and mash until only a few small pieces remain. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm with a pat of butter on top of each bowl.