Baked Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes & Kale)

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Baked Colcannon – Mashed Potatoes & Kale

The St. Patrick’s Day theme continues with my delectable version of Irish Colcannon. Colcannon is traditionally made with mashed potatoes and cabbage but I decided to try curly kale which turned out fabulous.

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Baked Colcannon – Mashed Potatoes & Kale

Being a diabetic, I usually eat pretty low carb and I rarely eat potatoes so I’m always looking for a reason to have some. This is the perfect occasion since this dish is loaded with kale, butter and cream. A perfect way to decrease the glycemic index of the potatoes. It is not low calorie or low fat but it is good, good, good.

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Baked Colcannon – Mashed Potatoes & Kale

Being that Colcannon is basically mashed potatoes and some sort of green, I highly doubt that anyone needs a recipe; however, I have included one to show how I made them.

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Baked Colcannon – Mashed Potatoes & Kale

Baked Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes & Kale)


  • 3 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes, washed & coarsely chopped
  • 10 oz Curly Kale, washed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 onion, medium sized
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/4 cup butter, salted & melted
  • chives


  1. Wash & scrub potatoes well before cutting into equal size pieces. I like to leave the skin on mine but you can peel, if you like.
  2. Place potatoes in pot of cold water with a good sized pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook until fork tender - about 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, Chop vegetables (kale, onion, chives).
  5. Add 1/2 stick of butter and onion to a pan and sauté until tender.
  6. Add heavy cream and kale to mixture and allow kale to wilt.
  7. Take off the stove so mixture can begin to cool.
  8. When the potatoes are done, drain and mash with the other half of the stick of butter.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Add mashed potatoes to kale/onion mixture and combine.
  11. Allow the mixture to cool a bit (before adding the eggs).
  12. When ready to bake, simply whisk together the eggs and add to the potato/kale mixture.
  13. Scoop into a buttered baking dish.
  14. Pour melted butter over the top & garnish with chopped fresh chives.

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  1. What a great idea for kale and baking it makes it so much better!
    Cheers! J+C
    Judit+Corina recently posted … Tomato Basil Mozzarella Orzo Salad PicnicMy Profile

  2. I love Colcannon and your recipe looks so delicious – I think I must try your version very soon!

  3. I saw a recipe for this in our paper this week. I don’t think it had the kale. Your version sounds much better!
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  4. You have me sold at mashed potatoes, and love the idea of putting kale…a perfect meal!
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  5. Hi C.J!
    Love this dish! What a great way to celebrate the festivities and get some nourishment too! (a wee bit but still:) Thank you so much for sharing…So pinning:)

    P.S. Thanks for the invite but I am not a member:)
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  6. I usually substitute kale for cabbage when I make colcannon, too. Never thought to bake it, though — I love the idea. Thanks for this.
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    • This version worked out well for me b/c it gave me an excuse to add some eggs to it (so I could up the protein and fat a little – trying to ward off the spike of the carbs, you know). Hope you like it :-)

  7. Love this! Perfect for St. Pat’s Day!
    We will share your link on our social media so everyone can see how you made this.
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  8. Lots of green and lots of richness I like it :D

    Choc Chip Uru
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  9. Mmmm, sounds a nice recipe. I love colcannon with cabbage and onions so you’ve just whetted my appetite for a new take on it.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx
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  10. Ok so it’s not low calorie or low fat but it’s got Kale so we can at least pretend it’s healthfood. Works for me. Looks delicious!
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