Bella Cullen's Colcannon

Cooking & Recipes

Irish comfort food at its best.


Serves 4


8 medium all-purpose potatoes
1 head curly kale, chopped fine
1-1/4 cups milk
6 scallions, diced fine
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
8 tablespoons butter, divided


Peel potatoes. In a saucepan, cover with cold salted water. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes or until done. Strain off water. Let potatoes dry, then hand mash. In a 2-quart pot, boil the kale in salted water until tender, about 25 minutes. In a large saucepan, over low heat, heat the milk with scallions, parsley, and thyme. Strain the chopped kale and add to milk. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add mashed potatoes to kale, stir in 4 tablespoons butter, and mix to a creamy consistency. Correct seasoning. Place into a serving dish, making a well in the center. Fill generously with remaining butter and serve.





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bella cullen???? seriously?

bella cullen???? seriously?

This is not the Bella Cullen,

This is not the Bella Cullen, character from "Twilight" movies! This is the mother of Noel C. Cullen, an Irish cook. His mother made this simple, traditional recipe in Ireland.

My version:sub buttermilk for

My version:sub buttermilk for milk. add salt, pepper, chive and parsley for the seasonings (omit thyme- too strong for this dish).I also like to replace some of the potato with mashed turnip or kohlrabi. Yum!

I use cabbage instead of

I use cabbage instead of kale, and also add a couple of sliced leeks instead of thyme. Irish butter is best for this, and Dublin's Irish cheddar for grating and melting on top, under the broiler.