Red Potato and Cabbage (Colcannon)

Red potatoes and cabbage in a bowl


3 1/2 cups red potatoes (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
6 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (about 1/2 head)
1 cup 1% or nonfat milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Scrub potatoes but do not peel. Cut into quarters. Cook in boiling water or steam until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. While potatoes cook, heat butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until it becomes clear, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage begins to brown, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Add milk, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until cabbage is tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. Drain potatoes. Add cabbage mixture to potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or large fork to reach desired texture. Serve warm.


  • Use any all-purpose potatoes such as yellow or white. Russet potatoes are also good but you may want to peel through the rough skin after scrubbing them.
  • Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.

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