Wholesome Irish Colcannon


Colcannon is a very rustic, comforting and hearty Irish dish that I thoroughly enjoy, while some enjoy ice cream, I would prefer a big bowl of colcannon. I began making it when little Connor was about one and really just starting to get into “real person food.” My family is not a huge fan of colcannon just yet, but I make it anyway hoping that someday the tradition might stick. Colcannon, or “white headed cabbage” is traditionally prepared with mashed potatoes, kale, cabbage, and green onions. It is normally served on Halloween with trinkets and what not hidden inside for good luck. Originally it was prepared year round, but has become primarily a cold weather staple. I have made colcannon with everything from braised leeks, to kale and bacon pieces. Colcannon is super easy to prepare especially if you have homemade mashed potatoes on hand. (I usually do.)  I just mix in something fresh and green, and of course some raw, wholesome, homemade, fermented sauerkraut!


“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, flavored butter that your mother used to make? 

Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I. And the more I think about it sure the nearer I’m to cry. Oh, wasn’t it the happy days when troubles we had not, And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.”  – Colcannon, The Little Skillet Pot


Wholesome Irish Colcannon

  • 2 cups Homemade Mashed Potatoes 
  • 2-4 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Homemade Sauerkraut,  or purchased Raw Fermented Sauerkraut 
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons, Fresh Parsley Minced
  1. Mix warm but not piping hot mashed potatoes with green onions, kraut, and parsley. Use raw finely chopped kale if you have it, and more or less green onion and parsley to your own tastes. 
  2. Serve immediately with homemade soured cream. Gently reheat as needed. (Remember raw sauerkraut has its health benefits because it is a naturally fermented, raw, living food. If you heat the kraut it will kill the healthy bacteria and enzymes.)