Crushed New Potato Colcannon

Monday 15 March 2021

Crushed New Potato Colcannon


New Potato Colcannon. This is a delicious colcannon recipe I wanted to share with you before Saint Patricks' Day on the 17th of March.  There is something pretty wonderful that happens when you combine cabbage and potatoes and Ireland.

Its called Colcannon!  And its very Irish.  This is a slightly healthier version of the original. Created to be low GI and  very diabetic friendly.

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

During the 17th and 18th century in Europe and Ireland, cabbages, potatoes and leeks were considered to be the basic foods of the common serf, man.  In other words, most people. Only the very wealthy could afford to eat fancier foods.

Colcannon is the inevitable result of mankind's ability to make lemonade out of lemons.  And it is a most delicious way to present these three simple ingredients.  This dish however uses milder spring onions rather than the much stronger flavored leek. 

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

A first reference to Colcannon in Irish History was found in the 1735 diary entry of William Bulkely, a traveler from Wales who was introduced to the dish on a Halloween night in Dublin: 

“Dined at Cos. Wm. Parry, and also supped there upon a shoulder of mutton roasted and what they call there Coel Callen, which is cabbage boiled, potatoes and parsnips, all this mixed together. They eat well enough, and is a Dish always had in this Kingdom on this night.”

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

The word colcannon is derived from the Gaelic term “cal ceannann” which means white-headed cabbage.  Although generally speaking these days the dish is made from either Kale or the darker green savoy cabbage! 

Humble ingredients put together in a most delicious way, this is considered haute cuisine in many multiple Michelin star restaurants. In short this is a beautiful side dish well deserving to be served on any table!

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

This version I am sharing today boasts the addition of some smoky and salty pancetta. Oh, I just adore bacon and pancetta.  Both go so very well with cabbages and potatoes of any kind, hence the addition of pancetta to this dish only makes sense.

New potatoes are considered to be low GI. In order to be considered low GI, a food must have a glucose index score of less than 55.  These carbohydrates take longer to break down than their higher GI counterparts, which means that they cause a persons sugar levels to raise much more slowly, which is good news when it comes to controlling your diet as a diabetic.

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

I love it when the side dish becomes the star of the meal.   I am a vegetable lover after all, and could be quite happy if I never ate meat again.

Well, I tell, a bit of a lie there because I would miss a good steak every now and again,  and I do kind of like roast chicken and turkey. And a really well done Prime Rib Roast is a magnificent thing to behold and to eat!

Okay  . . .  I guess it's settled.  I just like to eat.  But I do have my favorite things and vegetables are one of them!

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

This Crushed New Potato Colcannon is a delightful side dish!  Chock full of lovely savoy cabbage and new potatoes. It is also a perfect side dish to enjoy on Saint Patrick's Day. 

I have also used spring onions, which have a nice mild onion flavor, not too harsh. It goes really well with the cabbage. 


Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

Savoy cabbage is quite a mild flavored cabbage. If you were to use leeks, or even  regular onions, you run the risk of them overpowering the dish. 

This is a case where you want to be able to taste the cabbage.  Another reason I chose savoy is because it is has such a pretty green color and Saint Patrick's Day is all about the green!

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

This is a side dish that goes together really quickly once you have the individual elements of it ready to go.  I sautéed the prosciutto first in a skillet, reserving the drippings for the finish.

The cabbage itself, was lightly steamed, so as to help preserve that rich green color. The potatoes were boiled in lightly salted water, just until they were fork tender.

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

You could actually do all of these things earlier in the day or the night before so that when the time came, you could quickly and easily just throw the dish together.   

Spring onions/scallions are cooked in the pan drippings, just long enough to wilt them without browning.  Once you've done that you quickly add the potatoes to the pan, heating them through and crushing them a bit in the process.  

Then you add the cabbage and prosciutto, gently tossing everything together and heating both as well.  A knob of butter is optionally thrown in at the end to add a bit of richness, but I can tell you, this beautiful side dish is every bit as delicious without it. ''

Crushed New Potato Colcannon 

This was served simply with some grilled bangers/sausages, steamed carrots and a spoonful of grainy Dijon mustard.  It would also go well with grilled pork or lamb chops, or even grilled chicken.

In fact, this is pretty tasty all on its own. Not to confess or anything, but I could be quite happy with just a plate of this and nothing else!!

New Potato Colcannon

Crushed New Potato Colcannon

Yield: 4
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 35 Min
A healthier version of an old Irish favorite. Its delicious!


  • 1 1/4 pounds (600g) new potatoes, unpeeled, washed well and cut in half 
  • 3/4 pound (400g) savoy cabbage, washed, trimmed and coarsely shredded 
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 4 rashers prosciutto, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 6 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced (scallions)
  • 2 TBS (25g) butter, cubed (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add the prosciutto into a large skillet, along with the oil. Cook, until crisp. Scoop out and drain on paper towels. 
  2. Set the skillet aside for now and reserve the pan drippings.
  3. Put the potatoes into a saucepan of lightly salted water. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 18 to 20 minutes until tender. Drain well. 
  4. Cook the cabbage in boiling water for about 3 minutes, until just tender. Drain well, run under cold water and drain again. 
  5. Reheat the drippings in the skillet. Add the spring onions to the skillet and soften without coloring. 
  6. Add the cabbage and heat through. Drop in the potatoes and lightly crush. 
  7. Stir through the prosciutto and season to taste. If you are using butter, stir it in now. 
  8. Serve hot.
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  1. That isn’t even close enough to consider it a healthier adaptation of colcannon. That’s a salad with new potatoes

    1. I think you’ll find it’s nowhere near being a salad. There is no dressing for one thing and it’s served hot. Surely you can find better things to do with your time than dropping nasty comments anonymously onto blogs about recipes you haven’t even bothered to try. Have a good day.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous, and I agree, nothing like a salad!! The vegetables are sauteed with oil and butter, giving it a beautiful caramelized taste and appearance. Salads don't look like that. How did you prepare the splendiferous bangers and what brand would you recommend that you could get in the USA? Thank you for your always spectacular recipes. I could eat your recipes every single day!

  3. I think you meant that it's healthier in the sense that the potatoes are lower on the glycemic index and that there are more vegetables than meat! Bravo!


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