Chef's Recipes


Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for colcannon by Colin Fassnidge from Sydney restaurant Four in Hand.

By Colin Fassnidge
  • Serves 6
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 1 hr cooking

“One of the first dishes I can remember eating, colcannon is an Irish staple. It may be one of the simplest recipes here but it’s the one that will receive the most praise. Simplicity at its best.”


  • 10 Desiree potatoes (about 1.6kg), unpeeled
  • 500 gm rock salt
  • 1 small bunch young cavolo nero, stalks removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 3 small spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 200 ml pouring cream, warmed
  • 50 gm softened butter
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped (firmly packed)


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    Preheat oven to 180C. Place potatoes on a tray lined with rock salt and bake until tender (45 minutes-1 hour). Working quickly while potatoes are hot, and holding them in a tea towel, scoop flesh from skin and pass through a mouli or potato ricer into a saucepan (see note). Add cavolo nero, spring onion, cream and butter and stir over low heat to warm through. Add parsley, season to taste, dress with olive oil and serve hot with crusty bread.


Moulis and potato ricers are available from kitchenware shops. Alternatively, you can mash the potato with a hand masher.
This recipe is from the August 2010 issue of

  • Author: Colin Fassnidge