Colcannon – Recipe No 124


Colcannon (and Bubble & Squeak) is like junk food to me. It’s the highly seasoned combination of buttery mash and sauted leeks and cabbage, browned in the oven, that has me salivating and always wanting more.

I know that’s odd, since when do people enjoy cabbage as much as junk food? In Colcannon I do…


  • 2 cups mashed potato
  • 2 leeks chopped
  • 1 cup curly greens (cooked- I sauted the chopped leeks and chopped savoy cabbage[any cabbage or kale will do] together in a pan)
  • ½oz margarine
  • lots of salt and pepper!

Mix potatoes, greens and leeks (you can also use onion instead) and margarine well together, put in a flat baking tin or pie dish and bake until nicely browned.

(From Health for All Wartime Recipes circa 1942)

How much does Colcannon cost to make? For the pie dish above which is enough for two generous portions, it cost me less than £1 so essentially 50 p per person.

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