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Irish Potatoes

Irish Potatoes are a hearty dish made with creamy mashed potatoes, garlic, and cabbage. Serve for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of year!

Irish potatoes in a white casserole dish.

This isn’t your ordinary mashed potato recipe. In fact, I think this dish might be my very favourite mashed potatoes ever….I’m not even joking.

I’m not a huge mashed potato fan. I’ll eat them, but rarely do I ever crave them on my plate. 

These Irish Potatoes, however, I was thinking about them long after I served them for dinner. They are a winner.

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    If you think St. Patrick’s Day is only about green beer and Irish potato candy, you must try this easy recipe! It’s tough to beat this mashed potatoes and cabbage recipe when it comes to good food. It has such a creamy texture! 

    These creamy and hearty potatoes are so good that you’ll want to serve them all year. It’s easy to celebrate Irish heritage or try a beginner Irish recipe. This hearty dish is also the perfect side dish with any entree you cook. 

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    Why You’ll Love Irish Potatoes

    • The perfect recipe for St Patrick’s Day. With classic Irish ingredients, it’s a recipe everyone will love. 
    • Easy recipe. The hardest part is waiting for them to be finished baking. 
    • Hides veggies. This side dish is surprisingly nutritious. 
    • Creamy and delicious. Even though it’s made with cabbage, it always comes out delightfully creamy. 


    The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

    These mashed potatoes use ingredients that are easy to find at most grocery stores.

    • Potatoes – For the best texture, use Yukon Gold potatoes. Honestly, all types of potatoes will work great. 
    • Cabbage – Coarsely chop up some napa cabbage. 
    • Garlic – Fresh garlic will have the boldest flavor. 
    • Chicken Bouillon Cubes – This is an affordable and easy way to add more flavor to the potatoes. 
    • Cream Cheese – Let the cream cheese soften first for the best texture. 
    • Milk – Use whole milk for the best flavor. 
    • Salted Butter – This adds creaminess and flavor to the potatoes. 
    • Sour Cream – Use full-fat sour cream for the tangiest and richest taste. 
    • Salt and Pepper – Use just enough to enhance the other flavors. 
    • Green Onions  – Also called spring onions, these little green garnishes are the perfect topping. 
    Irish potatoes ingredients.

    How to Make Irish Potatoes

    • Step One: Preheat oven to 350F.
    • Step Two: Add potatoes, cabbage, garlic, and chicken bouillon cubes to a large pot of water on the stove. Boil until potatoes are cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes.
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    • Step Three: Drain the pot. Add the cream cheese, milk, butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper to the pot. Mash. Place the mixture in a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Cover.
    • Step Four: Bake for 45 minutes. Garnish with green onions, if desired. 
    Steps to make Irish Potatoes.

    Equipment Needed

    If you want the best results when making fluffy Irish potatoes, I suggest grabbing a few key pieces of equipment.

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    What to Serve with Irish Potatoes

    A bowl of Irish stew is the best thing to serve on your holiday table. Then, add these side dishes along with it. 

    Irish potatoes on a plate.

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Top with shredded Parmesan cheese. This will bring out the salty and nuttier notes in the potatoes. 
    • Instead of bouillon cubes, use 3 cups of chicken broth. It saves you time and has the same taste. 
    • Instead of milk, you can use canned coconut milk. This is a good way to make it easier for lactose-sensitive people.
    • To help the potatoes cook quicker, cut them into smaller pieces. 
    • Top with bacon. It’s a fun way to make it taste even better. 

    Storage Instructions 

    Store leftover Irish potatoes in the fridge, covered in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.

    A serving spoon in a dish of Irish potatoes.

    Irish Potatoes Tips and Tricks

    • Use a stand mixer. This will help you mash the potatoes effortlessly. 
    • Use Irish butter. This is an easy way to keep it more authentic. 
    • Serve the potatoes with a small cookie scoop. It’s an easy way to help it look pretty on a small plate. Kids love this trick. 
    • Remember to cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil before you bake it so that the top doesn’t burn. 
    • If you think the flavors need to stand out more, add a pinch of salt. 

    What Is Colcannon?

    Colcannon is another name for this Irish potato recipe. Colcannon originates from Ireland and Scotland and is made with green cabbage, kale, and a lot of cream. My recipe is so similar that it could be called Colcannon! 


    Can you freeze Irish potatoes?

    Yes, you can freeze this side dish. Prepare it as directed and let it cool. Then, store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Reheat it in the oven when you’re ready to eat it again. 

    What are Irish potato candies?

    These sweet treats are made with powdered sugar (and sometimes cocoa powder). They are sliced into potato shapes and served at parties. They are a classic no-bake recipe served at St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

    How many servings does this make? 

    This recipe makes about six servings.

    A plate of Irish potatoes.

    Potato Recipes

    Potato lover? I got ya covered.

    • Potato Nachos – Crispy, flavorful potatoes loaded with taco sauce, green olives, green onions and lots of melty cheddar cheese. The perfect appetizer!
    • Mashed Potato Casserole – Creamy and fluffy! This comfort food casserole is delicious for Thanksgiving or other special meals.
    • Carrot and Potato Soup – Delicious, creamy and filling! This soup is for all you veggie lovers.
    • Lemon Roasted Potatoes – Quick to prepare and come out of the oven hot and full of lemony deliciousness.
    • Parmesan Thyme Roasted Potatoes – Delicious and crispy! My family loved this easy side dish.

    You might also enjoy these Slow Cooker Garlic Potatoes, Swedish Potatoes, Twice Baked Potato Casserole or Cheese Potato Salad.

    Add some sweetness to your holiday table with these St. Patrick’s Day desserts. Make sure to try my Irish Brown Bread and Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread.

    Have you tried Irish Potatoes before?

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    4.64 from 11 votes

    Irish Potatoes

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
    A hearty side dish made with creamy mashed potatoes, garlic and cabbage. Serve for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime of year!


    • 3 lb potatoes peeled and halved
    • 2 ½ cups cabbage coarsely chopped
    • 6 garlic cloves whole
    • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
    • ½ cup cream cheese
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 3 tbsp salted butter
    • ¼ cup sour cream
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • green onions for garnish, optional


    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • Add potatoes, cabbage, garlic and chicken bouillon cubes to a large pot of water on the stove. Boil until potatoes are cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes.
    • Drain pot. Add to pot the cream cheese, milk, butter, sour cream and salt and pepper. Mash. Place mixture in a greased 3 quart casserole dish. Cover.
    • Bake for 45 minutes. Garnish with green onions if desired.



    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 352mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Side Dishes
    Cuisine Irish
    Keyword irish potatoes

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    1. 5 stars
      This Irish potato recipe was perfectly creamy and buttery! It’s definitely a dish I will be making again!

    2. Pollie Evans says:

      I made this recipe just as it was written & at our senior living potluck for St Pays day it was well liked. Several people asked for the recipe!
      I used Yukon potatoes & green cabbage which worked great. Very tasty & id make it again.

    3. Susan Williams says:

      Absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Just enjoyed them for dinner the day after Saint Patrick’s Day. My husband had with an egg for breakfast. His new favorite potatoes. Just sent what’s left for my neighbor to enjoy for breakfast.

    4. Susan Williams says:

      Making these for Saint Patrick’s day. Can I use red potatoes ?

    5. one of my favorite dish . thanks for sharing taste recipe.

    6. These look delish – I am veggie would it work with veggie stock?

    7. Very tasty indeed. I made a lot, so will use these potatoes in other recipes….such as
      tuna patties and will add some corn. Should be very tasty. Or just potato hotcakes, that is
      always made with leftover mashed potatoes. Thanks for this tasty recipe.

    8. I’d never heard of these but I’m a sucker for upgraded potatoes so I might just give them a try… or ask Boyfriend to prepare them 😀 I look for the recipes, he takes care of the execution. I think that’s a fair way to do things 😀

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