Colcannon is a favorite Irish recipe and a particular St Patrick's Day favorite. As you can see from this Colcannon recipe, it is quick, easy and simple to make. Colcannon was traditionally used for predicting marriage on Halloween. Charms were hidden in the Colcannon and any unmarried girl who found one would place socks with spoonfuls of Colcannon and the charms on their front door handle. The first man to enter the house was their intended.


  • 1lb 6oz/675g potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4oz/100g curly kale, chopped (or Spring cabbage if kale not available))
  • 1/2 cup spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 stick/100g butter
  • salt and pepper


  1. Simmer the potatoes in lightly salted water until cooked - when pierced with a sharp knife the potato is soft in the middle.
  2. Blanch the curly kale in boiling water for one minute. Drain and reserve.
  3. Chop half of the spring onions roughly and the other half finely.
  4. Add the roughly chopped spring onions to the drained kale and pulse in a blender for 10 seconds.
  5. Drain the potatoes and add the butter. When the butter has melted, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy.
  6. Add the kale mixture and mix.
  7. Finally, add the finely chopped spring onions and season to taste.