Colcannon Recipe

A traditional Irish dish of potatoes and kale, colcannon is the perfect comfort food that packs a kale-based nutritional punch.  This recipe calls for butter, but for vegan cuisine, you can easily substitute Earth Balance buttery sticks.  It is best to mash the potatoes with a hand masher rather than an electric blender.  This will help you keep them chunky, as well as prevent the kale from getting wrapped around the beaters.


Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Yield: 4 people


  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5-6 tbsp unsalted butter VEGAN OPTION: Earth Balance vegan buttery stick margarine
  • 3 cups kale chopped
  • 3 green onions (whites and tops) minced
  • 1 1/4 cup plain soy milk


  • Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil.
  • Boil until the potatoes are fork tender (15 to 20 minutes).
  • Drain potatoes and set aside.
  • In the same pot melt butter VEGAN: Earth Balance over medium-high heat.
  • Add the greens to the melted butter.
  • Cook the greens for 3-4 minutes, or until they are wilted.
  • Add the green onions, stir well and cook for an additional minute.
  • Pour in the soy milk and mix well.
  • Add the potatoes and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes, mixing them up with the greens. The potatoes should still contain some chunks.
  • Add salt to taste and serve hot, with a pat of butter in the center.

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