Colcannon With a Little Zip

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Author Notes: One of our favorite ways to eat kale or potatoes for that matter is in Colcannon.
There are many versions of this tasty Irish Dish. After seeing a few recipes for mashed potatoes with horseradish in the Horseradish Contest I decided to add some horseradish to my colcannon.
Darby loved the little kick it added.

I always serve Colcannon on St. Patricks Day along with Corn Beef and Irish Soda Bread. But, we have it all year round with beef, pork and chicken. Then again, we have been know to eat just Colcannon for dinner.

Serves 4 to 6

  • 6 Good Sized Potatoes
  • 1 Bunch Kale
  • 2 or 3 Leeks (depending on their size) white and light green parts only
  • 3 generous tablespoons horseradish
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Clean and chop kale and set aside
  2. Clean and slice leeks
  3. Peel and cube potatoes
  4. Put potatoes and leeks in a large pot with enough water to cover. Boil until about 2/3 of the way tender.
  5. Add the kale and continue cooking until all the vegetables are fork tender.
  6. Drain and return to the pan.
  7. Add horseradish. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  8. Add butter and mash as you would mashed potatoes. You will want to use a potato masher not your hand mixer for this step. Add milk to your desired consistancy.

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9 months ago GiGi26

So glad you liked it Tickety, you can never add too many leeks and the mustard sounds like a great addition!


9 months ago Ticketytwo

Just made this and the horseradish in it is a brilliant idea. I used Swiss chard, extra leeks and a dollop of mustard. So good!


almost 4 years ago EmilyC

I love calcannon and your version sounds delicious with the horseradish!


almost 4 years ago GiGi26

Thanks, Emily. The horseradish always causes a little surprised look and a smile when I serve this.


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love colcannon, greens and potatoes are a perfect match and the addition of horseradish is brilliant. Must try!


about 4 years ago GiGi26

We really enjoy the little extra. Let me know how you like it!


about 4 years ago GiGi26

Thank you; let me know what you think if your try it.


about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh I'm so glad you posted this! The horseradish "kick" sounds amazing!!