​Rich and Creamy Irish Mashed Potatoes Recipe

You haven’t had the best mashed potatoes until you’ve tried this Irish mashed potatoes recipe. Impress your guests this St. Patrick’s Day with this tasty, holiday dish! 

Rich and Creamy Irish Mashed Potatoes Recipe

​Nobody does potato dishes better than the Irish. Can’t argue with that!

So this St. Patrick’s Day, you gotta have some authentic Irish dish that’s fit for the occasion.

This Irish mashed potatoes recipe takes your plain old mashed potatoes to the next level and gives it some legit Irish flavor to it.

Colcannon, a traditional Irish potato dish, basically has more than mere potatoes. That’s the secret to the yummy goodness and uniqueness of this recipe.

Ready to start cooking??

Pop some Irish music in the background for some ambiance and meet you in the kitchen!

​What is Colcannon made of?

creamy Colcannon
​Basically, colcannon is mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage or kale.

It’s a staple in Irish dinner tables, and they put a few more stuff in it to turn it from just a super plain, bland potato dish to a meal that’s bursting with flavor and nutrition.

The name of this dish came from the Gaelic word “cal ceannann”, or a white-headed cabbage.

So I guess that reveals the extra ingredient in this dish - cabbage!

They also add in some leeks to these, and together with the potatoes and cabbage, you get yourself the typical foods of the Irish folks back in the 17th and 18th century.

As for the means of preparing this dish, it’s not a one-size-fits-all thing.

There are multiple styles to cooking this Irish mashed potatoes recipe. Some people add bacon to the mashed potatoes while others boil the cabbage along with the potatoes.

So many variations, yet just one same amazing goodness with every bite of this dish.

And we’re ready to dish it out and get this baby ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

Creamy Irish Mashed Potato Recipe

Here’s how you can make an amazing colcannon with a twist.

We’ll add some milk or cream and tons of butter to our spinach, green onions and mashed potatoes.

Sounds good?

You bet!

And to serve this hearty dish, simply make a depression right in the center of your mashed potatoes. Dump a good amount of butter in this hollow space, and this serves as your “dip” where you dunk some potatoes in.

Bonus points for getting your greens in because this dish has spinach in it!

Step 1

Irish Mashed Potato Recipe-step 1

Boil the potatoes: Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water by half an inch.

Add 2 tablespoons of salt, and bring to a boil until they are fork-tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in a colander.

Step 2

Irish Mashed Potato Recipe-step 2

Saute the spinach and the green onions with butter until well done and onions are somewhat translucent

Step 3

Irish Mashed Potato Recipe-step 3

Mash the potatoes with sour cream and greens mixture.

Add salt to taste and serve hot, with a knob of butter in the center.

Irish Mashed Potatoes Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

Total prep and cooking time: 35 minutes

Serves 4

For a variation, sub out half of the potatoes with parsnips. Can add chives, leeks, or bacon too.

Rich and Creamy Irish Mashed Potatoes Recipe

You haven’t had the best mashed potatoes until you’ve tried this Irish mashed potatoes recipe. Impress your guests this St. Patrick’s Day with this tasty, holiday dish!


Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Irish Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Annette Reeder

Ingredients

  • 4 Idaho Red  potatoes (2 to 2 1/2 pounds) peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter with more butter for serving
  • 3 lightly packed cups of chopped spinach steamed in the microwave
  • 3 green onions (including the green tops) minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Season with salt and pepper for personal preference

Instructions

  • Boil the potatoes: Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water by ½ inch. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, and bring to a boil until the potatoes are fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in a colander
  • Saute the spinach and the green onions with butter until well done and onions are somewhat translucent
  • Mash the potatoes with sour cream and greens mixture
  • Add salt to taste and serve hot, with a knob of butter in the center

​Cook Up This Irish Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed potatoes can’t get any better than this - tasty and super nutritious in every bite!

With some spinach added in, this dish gives you some minerals and vitamins your body needs.

So go ahead and try this Irish mashed potatoes recipe. I bet it won’t be just a St. Patrick’s Day special but one of the most-requested dishes at home.

Let me know how it worked for you and chat me up below for your feedback, questions, etc!

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Hi, I’m Annette Reeder-

I’m a christian nutritionist.  I love Jesus and want to see His people come to walk in the complete abundant life He provides, mind, body, spirit.  I love to make healthy food as yummy as possible and then share it with you! I am on mission to keep you on mission.

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