Colcannon Potatoes with Guinness Gravy

Sunday, March 14, 2021
If you've never heard of Colcannon Potatoes with Guinness Gravy, this is the easiest recipe on how to make them in your own kitchens!

There are a few theories where these delicious spuds began making their appearance. 

Many historians have written these were invented somewhere in the 1700s in Ireland but unclear who first introduced these tasty chunky-style potatoes.

During the 1600 and 1700s throughout  Europe and Ireland, potatoes, cabbage, and leeks were considered peasant food, and easy to see where these ingredients would be used altogether.

Guinness beer has also been around since the 1700s, and there is very little documentation on where the gravy was introduced, but many diners served a beer-style gravy as the years evolved with many adaptions to this popular recipe.

Colcannon potatoes are super easy to make and if you celebrate St. Patrick's Day at any Irish pub, these are most often seen on the menu.

Scroll down to this super easy recipe on how to make these delicious Irish Smashed potatoes with Guinness gravy in a printable recipe card.

this is a dish of colcannon potatoes with Irish Guinness beer gravy puddled in the middle

homemade guinness gravy for St. Patrick's Day mashed potatoes with cabbage in them

Smashed Potatoes

Although you can adapt your recipe to the chunkiness you like these potatoes are smashed not whipped and have a bold texture mixed with a little bit of cabbage.

The delicious beef-based gravy is then pooled in the center of them after making a well.

If you're serving a delicious slow-cooked tender Guinness Corned Beef or even Smoked Brisket these potatoes are the perfect side dish.

this is a dish of mashed potatoes with red skins from those potatoes and chopped boiled cabbage. In the middle is a stout beer gravy

Ingredients You Will Need How To Make Colcannon Potatoes and Guinness Gravy

  • green cabbage or savoy curly cabbage chopped, boiled, and drained (small pieces) 
  • potatoes cubed and semi peeled, (I use red or  you can use any white potatoes)
  • Irish butter or regular
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • Guinness Gravy:
  • beef broth or use or any beef roast drippings
  • Guinness beer or other dark beer you like
  • minced garlic
  • small onion chopped
  • cornstarch
  • cold water
  • butter

this is a photo of red and white potatoes unpeeled on a wooden board


  • for a quicker meal use store-bought red-skinned mashed potatoes
  • use a can of beef broth or condensed style bouillon if you have no drippings
  • always chop and boil your cabbage first until tender then drain
  • for best results for gravy use only beef broth or condensed style bouillon with adding water as bottled instructions

this is a pot of white potatoes boiling for making Colcannon potatoes for St. Patrick's Day meal

Tools You Will Need:

  1. deep pot to boil the potatoes in
  2. a small saucepan for the gravy
  3. measuring cup
  4. measuring spoon
  5. bowl
  6. whisk
  7. potato hand masher
  8. knife 
  9. cutting board

this is chopped shredded cabbage with a knife and cutting board

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Easy Smashed Potatoes

This recipe isn't complicated at all in fact the gravy is so much easier than I thought and really delicious.

Colcannon Potatoes with Guinness Gravy can be made the way you grew up with smooth, chunky with regular or curly chopped cabbage, gravy, or no gravy.

We love these potatoes served with any roast, they are the perfect side dish with really any meal at all and done quickly.

Remember to use some of the dripping from your roast for making the gravy, that's the best most authentic flavor, however in a pinch use a beef broth or condensed style bouillon.

We love making this dish on St. Patrick's Day, it's one of our food traditions to partake in the celebration in our recipe collection for being Irish for the day, but as I said, we made this all year long whenever we make a beef roast so don't wait to try these!

Colcannon Potatoes with Guinness Gravy

Colcannon Potatoes with Guinness Gravy

Yield: 5
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 55 Min
Colcannon Potatoes with Guinness Gravy, are chunky mashed potatoes with a pool of stout Guinness beer gravy using curly cabbage in the center.


  • 1 cup green cabbage or  savoy curly cabbage chopped, boiled, and drained (small pieces)
  • 1 pound of potatoes cubed and semi peeled, (I like leaving some of the skins on, I use red preferably or you can use any creamy white potatoes)
  • 1 stick of  Irish butter
  • freshly cracked black  pepper
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • Optional: 3 or 4 tablespoons heavy cream or cream cheese for a creamier style potato
  • Guinness Gravy:
  • 2 cups beef broth, (you can also use a condensed bouillon with water) or use or any beef  roast drippings
  • 1 cup Guinness beer or other dark beer you like
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 small onion  chopped
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch mixed with 3  tablespoons cold water or more for desired thickness
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Potato Directions:
  2. Boil the cabbage and potatoes together till potatoes are soft with a little salt in the water. Drain.
  3. Smash potatoes with a hand masher leaving some lumps of potatoes.
  4. Add the butter ( and cream if using) while this is hot stirring to blend. 
  5. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste.
  6. This will look chunky with some skins and cabbage.
  7. Make a deep well in the center and pour the Guinness gravy in the middle.
  8. Guinness Gravy Instructions
  9. Melt butter in the saucepan, add garlic and onions saute a few minutes till softened.
  10. Stir in the water, beer, and broth.
  11. Simmer for around 10 minutes on medium heat.
  12. Add the cornstarch mixture to thicken, continue cooking to desired thickness.
  13. Note: We like ours thick so I cook it longer until it's nice and thick not soupy.
  14. Optional: if you like spicy food add a pinch of cayenne pepper
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2013. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. I was considering colcannon to go with our corned beef this year and I think this gravy just made the decision for me.

  2. Collecting St. Patrick's Day recipes for next week. Love this gravy so much - I could eat it alone! The photo really gives a nod to the Emerald Isle.

  3. There is a problem with the gravy recipe. It will take at least 2 bottles of Guinness to make it. One for me and one which I measure 1 cup out of for the gravy.

  4. I love potatoes and Guinness -- this sounds like a winning combination. Now I'm hungry, thanks for sharing Claudia!

  5. The guinness recipes have been floating everywhere and this gravy is to die for!

  6. This is yummy Claudia. I love the presentation too. The gravy is mouthwatering!Ciao bella ;-)

  7. This is yummy Claudia. I love the presentation too. The gravy is mouthwatering!Ciao bella ;-)

  8. Hi Claudia - I made your gravy! Loved it. Linked your recipe on my site. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  9. Just finished making this. It's perfect, Claudia! Just perfect!

  10. @claudia Great so glad you liked them we love this recipe!

  11. This is such a fun recipe! I need to try that dark beer gravy with mashed potato when my MIL visits.

  12. This colcannon mash is just the way we like it, and the Guinness gravy is amazing!

  13. SO easy and delicious. The gravy really takes it to the next level.

  14. My husband will love the Guinness gravy! perfect for St Paddy's Day soon.

  15. Omg I love this!! I have some Guinness in the fridge, so I know what I am making tonight!! Thank you so much for the recipe :)

  16. I've never tried Guinness gravy, now I'm craving it!

  17. You always have the best recipes, Claudia! Those potatoes really look delicious! Now to get some Guinness!!!


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