A pot of freshly made Colcannon
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Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning "white-headed cabbage") is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. It is also the name of a song about the dish.



Colcannon is traditionally made from mashed potatoes and kale (or cabbage), with scallions, butter, salt and pepper added. It can contain other ingredients such as milk, cream, leeks, onions and chives.[1] It is often eaten with boiled ham or Irish bacon. At one time it was a cheap, year-round staple food,[2] though nowadays it is usually eaten in autumn/winter, when kale comes into season.[3]

An old Irish Halloween tradition was to serve colcannon with prizes of small coins concealed in it, as the Irish, English and Scots do with Christmas pudding.

Welsh cawl cennin, despite the somewhat similar sound of the expression, is etymologically unrelated to colcannon, meaning "leek soup", literally "broth (of) leeks."[4]


The song "Colcannon", also called "The Skillet Pot", is a traditional Irish song that has been recorded by many artists, including Mary Black.[5] It begins:

"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, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?"

The chorus:

"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."

See also

Similar dishes


  1. ^ Recipe from An Bord Bia (Irish food board)
  2. ^ Irwin, Florence (1986). The Cookin' Woman: Irish Country Recipes (out of print). Blackstaff. ISBN 0-85640-373-3. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Evans, H. Meurig (1980). Y Geiradur Mawr. Gwasg Gomer. 
  5. ^ "The Black Family" CD, 1986, Dara Records, DARA CD 023

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