Colcannon Croquettes

Colcannon Croquettes

by Maureen on February 19, 2012

I know we all do it.  We visit a restaurant and eat something wonderful and think to ourselves, that seems easy to make.  Last week I went out with the girls and my meal came with colcannon croquettes and when I saw them on the menu I though, “ewww.”  Colcannon has never been a favorite of mine but when I took the first forkful my mouth was singing.  That’s when I said, “I’m going to try making these myself.”

Now I had no recipe but I figured, “how hard can it be?”  I suppose without that sort of attitude none of us would give new things a try.  Armed with my aunt’s colcannon recipe, my memory and a fridge full of food, I gave it a go.

Was it perfect?  No.  Was it just like the restaurant?  No.  Would I make them again?  In an instant!  They tasted even better than the restaurant and I think it’s because I put just a bit of grated cheddar in my potatoes and after I formed them into croquettes I rolled them in panko crumbs before frying.

cooked potatoes

First I put the potatoes on to boil and while they were getting all soft and delicious I chopped and sauteed an onion.  To get into the colcannon theme I needed cabbage but it was the one thing I didn’t have in the fridge and I wasn’t going to the store.  I had a ready solution.  Hubs had bought some crispy salad in a bag that was nothing but chopped up cabbage and a bit of carrot and the odd piece of celery. I chopped it up and sliced some leeks and steamed them before tossing them in with the onions. I did a bit more chopping after they were steamed but next time I’d chop more finely.

mixed vegetables to go into colcannon croquettes

When the onion and leeks were finished sweating off I tossed in the cabbage and cooked the mixture til soft.  By this time the potatoes were done.  I drained the potatoes, mashed them and added some sour cream, grated cheddar, an egg and then whipped them up.  I added the sauteed onion, leek and cabbage mixture and I was nearly done.

colcannon croquettes mixture

To form the croquettes I put a large spoonful of the potato mixture into my hand and formed into a sort of cylindrical shape.  I think I put too much sour cream or too much egg or not enough potato because the mixture was wetter than I would have preferred but I wasn’t going to stop and cook more potato.

colcannon croquettes ready to fry

Rather than roll the croquettes in panko crumbs, I took the crumbs to the croquettes.  When the croquette was formed in my hand I grabbed a handful of panko crumbs and did one side and then flipped it over and did the other side.

frying colcannon croquettes

I fried them in about an inch of oil and called John to have a taste.  He didn’t have anything to compare to because he wasn’t invited to ladies night dinner.  I served them with some sour cream and chives and he loved them!  He did think they were a bit delicate and maybe next time I should make a stiffer potato mixture.

frying colcannon croquettes

We ate about 4 between us and the rest I popped in the freezer formed but not fried.  When they were frozen I put them in a vacuum sealer and back into the freezer.  Next time we want some I’ll take them from the freezer and pop them in the hot oil.  It will be snap crackle and pop but they’ll be fantastic!

colcannon croquettes

To be honest, I had no idea what to call these things because I didn’t roll them in egg before the bread crumbs.  They’d have fallen apart in the egg!  Next time, however, it will be a true croquette.  I know some of you try your recipes 3 or 4 times before posting them and that makes me envious.  I hope to do that soon.  I have a problem with tossing food out and there’s just so much food that will fit in a freezer for just the two of us.  You can only give away so much food before people look at you like you’re the woman who has too many zucchini growing in her garden.


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Colcannon Croquettes
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I had the most wonderful potatoes at a local restaurant and came home and tried to make them myself. It worked!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 8
  • 3 large potatoes or 4 small ones
  • 6 tbs butter, cut into small pieces (one tbs for frying veg)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 leeks chopped rather finely
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage (or use a crispy salad mix like I did)
  • 2 chicken boullion cubes
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups panko crumbs (or dry bread crumbs)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Probably 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and mash with 5 tbs butter, sour cream, egg and a bit of milk if they seem too dry.
  3. Steam all but the onions for about 10 minutes - so you won't get too much color from frying.
  4. Saute the onion in the butter in a skillet. Add a pinch of salt so they will release their liquid and won't turn brown.
  5. When the onion is nearly done, crush the two chicken boullion cubes and place in the skillet with the onions.
  6. Toss in the steamed veggies and mix well. Add more butter or oil if it looks too dry.
  7. Add the veggies to the mashed potatoes and you're ready to form your croquettes.
  8. Whisk the egg and place the panko or bread crumbs on a plate.
  9. Take a large spoonful of the potato mixture and form croquettes.
  10. Dip in egg and then roll in panko and place on a piece of baking paper.
  11. Heat oil to 350F or 170C and using a deep fat frying works great
  12. Place the croquettes into the oil and remove when golden brown.


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{ 84 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren February 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Mmmm, those look fantastic!


PolaM February 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

These do look absolutely delicious! Can I have some?
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Yuri - Chef Pandita February 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm

These look amazing, Maureen!


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts February 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

This is really impressive – I often think of re-creating meals / recipes at home, but rarely do it! You’ve done a wonderful job with these.


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

What a delicious idea and they look like they’d be a real hit at a party! :D


Anna @The Littlest Anchovy February 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Yum. Little bites of deliciousness. Thanks for the recipe!


The Café Sucré Farine February 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

These are making my mouth water – they look fabulous and I think I could eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner!


Sawsan@chef in disguise February 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm

These look amazing Maureen! I think I would love the texture and the flavor


Heather @girlichef February 20, 2012 at 12:05 am

What a fun idea! I actually like colcannon anyway…but come on, breaded and fried!? Irresistible.
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Marnely Rodriguez February 20, 2012 at 12:30 am

I love croquettes! These look fantastically delicious!


djawa February 20, 2012 at 12:30 am

ooh., it’s to make me hungry., :D
i want try to make it., :)


Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie February 20, 2012 at 1:28 am

Croquettes? You’re a brave woman! LOL A couple of weeks ago I published something on German potato noodles, just recently it had dawned on me what the “trick” was. I know how hard these are, and their not-quite-like-restaurant look makes them even more appealing. I bet they were DELICIOUS.
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Georgie February 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

Love these and this recipe. It’s a keeper!


Greg February 20, 2012 at 1:40 am

I love this idea!


Karen February 20, 2012 at 3:51 am

What a fabulous supper recipe idea, I adore colcannon and anything fried, I know, I am supposed to be on a diet! These look amazing…


Rocky Mountain Woman February 20, 2012 at 4:42 am

I laughed out loud at your comment about your friends looking at you like you are the woman with too many zucchini in her garden. I’m that woman! I love to experiment in the kitchen, but can only eat so much myself and can only seem to give so much away before people start giving me “that look”.

Thanks for stopping by!



Patty February 20, 2012 at 5:03 am

WOW! These look lovely and I bet they tasted it too! Any chance you have nutrition breakdown for these bad-babies?


Maureen February 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi Patty and thanks for visiting. No, sorry, I don’t have nutrition breakdown. I’m thinking about it and I’m talking with my darling husband about automating that. So far he’s downloaded the USDA food database. We’re considering adding the nutrition feature to our Easy Recipe plugin for wordpress.


yummychunklet February 20, 2012 at 5:28 am

These look perfectly golden and delicious!


Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious February 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

I love Croquettes, although I had to google “colcannon” to even know what it was! I know what you mean though about sharing your food, people start calling me “bakery” at work :)


Sydney Jones February 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

These look incredible! I have not tried these ever, but I really think I need too! The leeks look so delicious!


rebecca February 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

wow these look so so good and love the food writer fridays very cool


Charles February 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

omg… These look fantastic. I love croquettes so much, I haven’t actually had any in years! I really need to sort that out… you inspired me to try and make some in the week.

Thanks for sharing these – they look amazing, and thanks for dropping by my site earlier :)


peachkins February 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

Oh wow! It does look delicious.. I can imagine how crispy it was outside and then flavorful inside!


Linda February 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

I do the same thing! I get so much inspiration when I’m eating out and can’t wait to get back home and try out my favorites! These sound really good! I like how you put your own twist to this with what you had on hand!


Lana February 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

I have to try these! Potato croquettes are one of my favorite comfort foods and this incarnation looks amazing (and, yes, I always have cabbage in my fridge:)


Terra February 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

You seriously have my attention with this recipe! Especially with how you fried it, oh yes please:-) They really do sound delicious! Hugs, Terra


skip to malou February 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I also do the same thing Maureen. And I get excited when I hit the mark or even better haha.

I love croquettes and would definitely do the same as you did.

thanks for the blog love maureen… i truly appreciate it.


Sneh | Cook Republic February 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I am bookmarking this. The flavours sound so amazing and one can go nuts with the variations, can’t they? Thnx for sharing :-)


Hotly Spiced February 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

They look so delicious. You have come up with a great recipe. I love panko crumbs – they give such a great texture. This is really inspiring. xx


Nic@diningwithastud February 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Perfectly cripsy :)


MissSmack February 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm

So, this was the first time I’ve ever heard of calcannon! Is that an international phrase?



marcellina February 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

When I first saw these I wondered “what is colcannon?” But fried pototoes! Any fried potato is good! These look scrumptious!


Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Hi maureen!

Your croquetts look awesome. I think so I ll be making this later since I am in a deep frying mood.
thanks for sharing!


Sissi February 21, 2012 at 1:05 am

The croquettes look gorgeous! I also am alway very proud when I manage copying something I enjoyed in a restaurant without any precise recipe. Congratulations!


Tina@flourtrader February 21, 2012 at 2:14 am

I have been wanting to make colcannon, but now I am ready to make them like this-I am sure that this tastes amazing. It is fun trying to replicate items you get at restaurants and it looks like you aced the replication. I am definitely saving this-delicious post!


sippitysup February 21, 2012 at 3:03 am

Yikes I don’t know what colcannon is? I feel like a loser. GREG


Megan @Country Cleaver February 21, 2012 at 3:15 am

o.O Yum!! A big, resounding YUM!


Katherine Martinelli February 21, 2012 at 3:38 am

I;ve never heard of colcannon but I rarely meet a croquette I don’t like. These look perfect!! I bet they were indeed better than the restaurant :-)


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 21, 2012 at 4:02 am

These look so delicious and decadent, Maureen! Wonderful recipe, so thanks for sharing. You have a very nice blog and I’m glad to have found you!


Kitchen Butterfly February 21, 2012 at 4:25 am

:-). There are so many things I can say amen to/aye/I agree – tasting something at a restaurant and recreating them at home….even before you leave; Making things from head and heart and tossing things in panko :-). They look delish


Only fish recipes February 21, 2012 at 6:12 am

Wow…these croquettes look absolutely delicious…..perfectly made !


Devaki @ weavethousandflavors February 21, 2012 at 7:33 am

Hi Maureen – I adore colcannon which makes this the very best of eats. Who can resist this lovely deep fried!

chow :) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors


Anne February 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

These look awesome! I adore anything involving hot oil + vegetables, and will always choose things like this on menu’s!

The outer looks so deliciously crisp and the filling sounds lush with the cheese added in! Mmmm! Want!


Megan February 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

Reminds me of Spain! Glad I stopped by to see your blog x


Roberta February 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

I would call them Maureen Croquettes – a brand new original recipe that should go down in culinary history for its wonderful flavor and texture.

I want some now!! Can you send me some? Pretty please with butter on it.


Maureen February 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

Greg: Colcannon is mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale. It’s from the UK – Irish I think and maybe Scotland

Katherine: see above :) You’d love it.

Sneh: Absolutely – mashed potatoes mixed with anything, dipped in egg, rolled in panko and deep fried sings my song.


Norma Chang February 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

Maureen, they look absolutely delicious and so well formed.


EA-The Spicy RD February 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Believe it or not, I’ve actually made colcannon once before in my life, but it was so long ago that I can’t remember what it tasted like. These little croquettes of yours, or whatever you care to call them,llook simply amazing!!


bellini February 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I do enjoy colcannon, don’t know why I seem to only think of it for St. Patricks Day.


Sanjeeta KK February 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm crisp and yum these little croquettes look! We make something similar in India and call them as Tikia or Tikkis. Love the veggie combo in it.
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