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This ultra-Irish dish varies from one county to the next, with some cooks using cabbage in place of kale, others using leeks or onions for extra flavor. Here, it gets a modern-day makeover with purple potatoes, garlic and shiitake mushrooms to reflect all the delicious new options found in Irish markets today. If you can’t find purple potatoes, Yukon gold, fingerling or russet varieties also work well.



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1 lb. purple potatoes
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1 lb. kale, tough stems removed
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2 to 3 Tbs. olive oil
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10 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced (about 3 cups)
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3 cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 Tbs.)
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1 cup unsweetened rice milk, warmed


  1. Place potatoes in large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until very tender. Drain, and return to pot. Heat potatoes over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes to steam off excess water, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add kale, and cook 5 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and garlic, and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until mushrooms are soft and all liquid has evaporated. Stir in kale, and cook 1 minute more, or until hot. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mash rice milk into potatoes until soft, but still chunky. Fold in kale mixture, and serve.

Nutrition Information: 

4 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
30 g
406 mg
4 g
5 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

st patty!!! who is st patty??? it's st. paddy's day. love from all in ireland

A new twist on Irish dish, thought it looked good

This is a beautiful and delicious dish - the purple and dark green together are gorgeous. Make sure you add enough salt.

So yummy. I used portobello's because thats all I had & it was delicious--lent it a 'meaty' taste

That's just WRONG!

Beautiful dish, and delicious, but not even close to colcannon - I don't care what Irish county you're in.

OMG - just made this last night from the Vegetarian Times cookbook! It was fabulous!

It looks beautiful--but don't call it Colcannon. (Vegetarian) colcannon = mashed potatoes, kale or cabbage, maybe leeks or onions. And butter. Mushrooms? Come on.

I don't care what you call it; it's delicious! Cheers!

did they use this many pots to make it in old ireland??