Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Origin - Ireland
Colcannon is an Irish dish traditionally made of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage but can contain other ingredients such as scallions, leeks, onions, and chives. Perfect with a side of ham or Irish bacon, this tasty dish is a family favorite.
[ Fun Fact ]
There is a traditional Irish song about this popular dish which has been recorded by numerous artists, including Mary Black, who is a famous Irish folk singer.
[ History ]
The word “colcannon” derives from the Gaelic term cal ceannann, which means “white-headed cabbage.” In Ireland, during the 18th centuries, potatoes, cabbage, and leeks were considered common foods, so it makes perfect sense that the country’s most popular dishes are made from a combination of these three ingredients.
It is not uncommon to find a recipe of colcannon recipe pasted onto the back of a bag of potatoes in Ireland. At one time, it was a cheap year-round staple food, but now it is usually eaten in the autumn and winter when kale comes into season.