Dublin Coddle - Irish Sausage, Bacon, Onion and Potato Hotpot

Dublin Coddle - Irish Sausage, Bacon, Onion and Potato Hotpot

9 reviews, 4.8 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

This traditional supper dish of sausages, bacon, onions and potatoes dates back at least as far as the early eighteenth century. It seems to be more of a city dish than a rural one: it was a favourite of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels and dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. In Dublin itself, coddle retains its reputation as a dish that can be prepared ahead of time and left in a very slow oven while the people who're going to eat it have to be out of the house for a while - making it an excellent dish for very busy people! The name of the dish is probably descended from the older word caudle, derived from a French word meaning "to boil gently, parboil, or stew". The more recent version of the verb, "coddle," is still applied to gently cooked eggs, "Coddled Eggs". Please note, the sausages used should be the best quality 100% pork sausages you can get your hands on! This recipe would also work VERY well if cooked in a crock-pot, reduce the liquid by about half if cooking the coddle this way. Serve with Guinness and Irish soda bread. Although this is an easy to prepare one pot meal and its simplicity belies its amazing taste and flavour - comfort food at its best! Sl�inte.


2 kg potatoes
2 large onions; peeled and sliced thickly
450 g good quality pork sausages
450 g bacon; piece thick cut
500 ml water
1 ham stock cube or beef or chicken stock cube; if ham stock isn't available
3 -4 tablespoons fresh parsley; chopped
coarse-ground; pepper

Original recipe makes 4-6 Servings



1Peel the potatoes. Cut large ones into three or four pieces: leave smaller ones whole. Finely chop the parsley. Boil the water and in it dissolve the bouillon cube.

2Grill or broil the sausages and bacon long enough to colour them. Be careful not to dry them out! Drain briefly on paper towels. When drained, chop the bacon into one-inch pieces. If you like, chop the sausages into large pieces as well. (Some people prefer to leave them whole.).

3Preheat the oven to 300F / 150?C In a large flameproof heavy pot with a tight lid, start layering the ingredients: onions, bacon, sausages or sausage pieces, potatoes. Season each layer liberally with fresh-ground pepper and the chopped fresh parsley. Continue until the ingredients are used up. Pour the bouillon mixture over the top. On the stove, bring the liquid to a boil. Immediately turn the heat down and cover the pot. (You may like to additionally put a layer of foil underneath the pot lid to help seal it.).

4Put the covered pot in the oven and cook for at least three hours. (Four or five hours won't hurt it.) At the two-hour point, check the pot and add more water if necessary. There should be about an inch of liquid at the bottom of the pot at all times.

5To Serve. Guinness, bottled or draft, goes extremely well with this dish (indeed, adding a little to the pot toward the end of the process wouldn't hurt anything). Another good accompaniment is fresh soda bread, used to mop up the gravy!


This was very good, inexpensive and easy. I found this recipe on Food.com (recipezaar) from "frenchtart"

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Excellent. Loved it. Tyvm.
te1307 2y ago

We will for sure have this again. It was amazingly simple and so delicious. I will probably try to use watered down gravy for the broth and add more of the meat but as is it is exceptional.
Ljhfike 3y ago

Tasted great loved it and will make it again
ryanpender 3y ago

I made it as directed, but in the crockpot, and with stew beef that I seared before throwing it in. Every thing came out great, and I'm eating the leftovers for lunch today.
Annieoaklet0087 4y ago

Excellent. My two-year-old doesn't tend to eat bacon, but she loved this. My husband wasn't big on it, but what does he know! ;) Definitely making this again.
SanguinePony 4y ago

Delicious. I used the slow cooker method, and used about 1.5 cups of beef broth and 1 cup dark irish lager for my liquid. I used stadium brats for my sausages. The gravy that this stuff makes is killer, so definitely make sure you have some bread to sop it up. I might experiment with tossing in a little cabbage next time, to make it even heartier. I'll definitely be adding this to my favorites and making it again.
dakotarussell 5y ago

This was really delicious (cooked it slow for 3 hours in oven) and I have made it again on fire in a potjie but cooked it quicker (2 hours), since we were camping and ran out of time (was getting dark). Will definitely make again to share with others.
darrent 5y ago

This was good. I had to add liquid a few extra times more than the recipe states, but that may have been due to an ill-fitting lid. I did not have a lot of time to cook this so I turned the heat up to 375 and cooked for about 2 hours. As a result of the liquids drying out the potatoes and sausage developed a bit of a char, but it actually added flavor, so I didn't mind. I will probably make this again in the future, but it won't be a regular meal.
JamieK 5y ago

This was very good, inexpensive and easy. I found this recipe on Food.com (recipezaar) posted by "frenchtart".
artsymom75 5y ago

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