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Irish Potatoes & Cabbage with Bacon (Colcannon)

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10 servings, 1/2 cup each

If Irish eyes are smiling, it could be because we added bacon to the potatoes and cabbage in this colcannon—and it's still a Healthy Living recipe!

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  • Cook potatoes in boiling water in large saucepan 20 min. or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, cook and stir bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Add onions to reserved drippings; cook and stir 2 min. or until crisp-tender. Add water; stir to release browned bits from bottom of skillet. Add cabbage; mix well. Cover; cook 7 min. or until cabbage is tender and water is cooked off, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain potatoes; return to pan. Add butter. Mash potatoes until creamy, gradually adding milk. Add cabbage mixture and bacon; mix well.

How to Test Potatoes for Doneness

To test for potato doneness, insert a fork deep into the center of the potato. There should be no resistance if the potato is done.

Storing Cabbage

Store whole cabbage in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag, or loosely wrapped in a plastic bag for up to 2 weeks. Tightly wrap cut cabbage in plastic wrap, refrigerate and use within a few days. Wash cabbage just before using.


  • 10 servings, 1/2 cup each

Healthy Living

  • Low sodium
  • Good source of vitamin A or C
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Diabetes Center

Diabetes Center

  • Carb Choices: 1 Carb Choice

Diet Exchange

  • 1 Starch
  • 1 Fat

Nutrition Bonus

The potatoes and cabbage in this deliciously different side dish team up to provide a good source of vitamin C. And as a bonus, you'll get 1/2 cup of the recommended 2-1/2 cups of vegetables per day in each satisfying serving.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 10 servings, 1/2 cup each
Calories 130
Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 95mg
Carbohydrate 16g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 2 %DV
Vitamin C 20 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 2 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • sherri6332000 |

    I just made this amazing dish and boy howdy, it is delicious. Did slight changes, but not many. The main thing I did was add a garlic clove while cooking the onions and I added salt and pepper while mixing the potatoes. Other than that I followed the recipe. I will definitely make this again.

  • joanne-lewis |

    This is yum. We are bacon fans so we did 6-7 slices crumbled. Had to cook cabbage longer than 7 min, probably because ours wasn't really shredded but chopped. The result was delicious hot or cold (leftovers). Definitely a repeater.

  • grandma louanne |

    My Irish grandmother made colcannon. Her version didn't have bacon, She said it was a special occasion food in Ireland, always served at birthday parties with charms hidden in it. The charms had meaning; a penny meant you would grow up to be rich, a button meant you would be happily married, etc. I have forgotten some of them. I've never used charms, but I love colcannon. Can't wait to try this recipe with the bacon. Sounds yummy.