Irish Coddle

Irish Coddle

Time: 1 hrs 15 mins


  • 1/2-1 lb thick sliced whole piece bacon
  • 1/2-1 lb pork sausage
  • 3 medium size onions
  • 3 medium size potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 -1 1/2 cup water


  • 1 Cut 1/2 pound or 1 pound bacon slices into 2 inch lengths, or cut piece of bacon into thick slices and into 2 inch lengths. Brown bacon in a heavy frying pan. Drain on paper towels. Prick 1/2 to 1 pound sausages and brown in frying pan. Drain along with bacon.
  • 2 Arrange bacon and sausages in a casserole or heavy kettle.
  • 3 Slice onions and arrange on bacon and sausages. Pare and slice potatoes and place on top of onions. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Sprinkle layers of onions and potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. The amount will depend on saltiness of bacon and sausage.
  • 4 Pour off all but a tablespoon or two of the drippings in the frying pan. Add 1 cup of water to drippings and bring to a boil. Pour over Coddle. If needed, add additional water until almost to the top of the potatoes. Cover and bake in a moderate oven 350 F., until potatoes and onions are very tender, about 1 hour. Uncover for last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking and brown slightly, if desired.
  • 5 Traditionally, Coddle is simmered on top of the stove instead of in the oven. Serve with Irish Soda Bread or homemade whole wheat bread. Makes 6 servings.
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