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Colcannon mashed potatoes (cabbage & potatoes) - creamy mashed potato with cabbage, leek, bacon & garlic #pimpyourmash

Colcannon Mashed Potatoes (Cabbage & Potatoes)

Fluffy, creamy mashed potato combined with fried cabbage & bacon
Course Side Dish, Side
Cuisine Modern Australian, Australian
Keyword colcannon mashed potatoes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 as a side
Calories 323kcal
Author Lee-Ann Grace | Chef Not Required


  • 1 kg / 2.2lbs sebago potatoes chopped evenly
  • 2 rashers streaky bacon roughly chopped
  • 1/4 (about 500g / 17.5 oz) green cabbage very finely shredded (see notes)
  • 1 leek finely sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove crushed
  • 3 tbsp sour cream I used light
  • 1/3 cup milk (plus extra if needed)
  • 3 tbsp salted butter divided (plus extra to serve if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper about 6-8 grinds of the pepper grinder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped chives (plus extra to serve if desired)


  • Boil, steam or microwave the potato in salted water until tender, then drain and mash well & set aside
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of butter in a large non-stick fry pan & fry bacon for 2 mins, or until it begins to brown & the fat starts to render
  • Add cabbage & leek to pan with bacon, and fry over medium heat stirring occasionally for 15 mins or until cabbage & leek are soft & cooked through
  • Add garlic & pepper to pan & fry for a further minute, then add remaining 2 tbsp of butter & mix until melted then remove pan from heat
  • Add sour cream & milk to the potato, mixing to melt & combine. Then add cabbage mixture & chives to potato & mix to combine then season with salt if needed (see notes)
  • Top with extra chives & butter if using and serve immediately


I have said to shred the cabbage very finely - it doesn't need to be super super fine - I just shred mine with a sharp knife, but I do cut it as finely as I can. That way it cooks quicker.
As I have said before, I am not above giving my mash a blast in the microwave for a minute or so once it's finished if it needs it, just to make sure it's hot when it gets to the table.
*Please note that the amount of calories per serve is provided as a guide only, as ingredients and cooking methods can vary greatly*