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Colcannon with Swiss chard, ground pork sausage, green onions and Irish cheddar / Karista's Kitchen

I’m deeply enamored with Ireland.  It feels a poetic and romantic place.  Melodic Celtic music that seems to transcend time, lush green landscapes, drifting fog and rugged shores. All creating visions of charm and daydreams.   

I’m just as enamored with Irish cuisine.  Deep, rich flavors that warm a belly and comfort the soul.  Hearty fare my Grandmother used to call “stick to your ribs” cuisine.  Perfect for the cool evenings still to come.

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There’s no celebrating the arrival of spring at my house without some festive and hearty Irish fare.  One of my favorite dishes to prepare is Colcannon. Traditionally a mashed potato, cabbage and green onion side dish, I decided to re-create this lush recipe into a one pot meal.

Sautéed onions and ground sausage with wilted Swiss chard and green onion all gently swirled in mashed potatoes – and then topped with creamy Irish cheddar.  A perfectly enchanting one-dish meal.   Skip the ground sausage and serve it as a Sunday side dish with corned beef and cabbage or a traditional pot roast.    I promise, there will not be a speck of leftovers.

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


Karista’s Kitchen Colcannon

Serves 4-6


1-2 tablespoons oil

1 small onion, diced

1-2 cloves garlic, finely diced

1lb ground mild or sweet pork or turkey sausage

1 large bunch Swiss Chard, stems removed and chopped

2 green onions, chopped

4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes

4-6 tablespoons butter

½ cup sour cream

Salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups Shredded Irish Cheddar (I used Kerrygold Dubliner Irish Cheddar)

8×8 or 9×11 buttered baking dish


Heat the oven to 350F.  Prepare the mashed potatoes.

Place the cubed potatoes in a medium or large pot and cover with cold water.  Add a few pinches of salt.  Bring the water to a boil and continue a lively simmer until the potatoes are fork tender.

Drain the potatoes and then place back into the pot.  Add the butter and mash the potatoes with a potato masher.  For smoother potatoes, I transfer them to my kitchen aid mixer (with the paddle attachment) and mix until smooth.

Gently mix in the sour cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside and try not to sneak bites. 🙂

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add a tablespoon or two of oil and sauté the onions.  When the onions are soft and translucent, add the garlic and ground meat and cook until done.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Transfer the ground meat to a bowl and reserve.

Using the same skillet, sauté the Swiss chard over medium heat until wilted. Take the skillet off the heat and toss with the green onions.

Next, gently fold together the mashed potatoes, wilted Swiss Chard/green onions and ground sausage.

Pour into a buttered baking dish and sprinkle evenly with shredded Irish cheddar.

Place the baking dish in the oven and heat until the cheddar is melted and sides are bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.

Let the Colcannon cool slightly – then garnish with additional sliced green onions and serve.  This can certainly be served as a one dish meal; or serve with spring greens dressed in lemon or citrus vinaigrette.

Original publication March 2013, Issaquah Press
Recipe and article by Karista Bennett
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  • Reply
    March 14, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Love Colcannon and especially love that you’ve created a one pot meal of heartiness. Would love a cider, a cool winters day and a delicious bowl of this right now!

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      March 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Oh yes! a cider and a bowl of Colcannon! A lovely meal especially with a little chill in the air. 🙂

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    Rosemary Mullally
    March 14, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Really lovely. I like colcannon.

    • Reply
      March 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Thank you Rosemary! I’ve always been a Colcannon fan myself 🙂 Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

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    Colleen Simmons
    March 14, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Many thanks for this version of Colcannon [which I love] I can’t wait to make this ~ yummy and yes I buy Kerrygold butter & cheese all year ~ my favorite! May the Luck O’the Irish Be with Ya!

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      March 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

      thanks Colleen! I too adore Kerrygold butter and cheese. I think the butter is my favorite. 🙂

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    Coco in the Kitchen
    March 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Colcannon is not high on my must-try list,
    but your version is.
    This looks and sounds delicious, Karista.
    I’m going to make a big tray of it for the w/end.

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      March 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I have to admit, I love potatoes. Way too much. So when making this dish I load it up with greens… you know, to make myself feel a little better about eating all those yummy potatoes. Lol!

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    March 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Yum! The perfect dish for tomorrow! Thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      March 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    March 18, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Delicious looking Irish dish!

    • Reply
      March 18, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thank you so much!! 🙂

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    March 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Like. Like. Like.

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      March 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It didn’t last long in my house!

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