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Dublin Coddle Recipe

Updated on March 16, 2015
A bowl of Dublin Coddle
A bowl of Dublin Coddle | Source

Dublin Comfort Coddle, Irish style

I remember Dublin Coddle from my childhood. Coming in the door from school, I would be hit by the awesome smell of bacon and pork sausage and my stomach would rumble in anticipation.

When I bake a Dublin Coddle now, I can't keep the guests or the grandchildren out of the kitchen.

It's a simple dish to prepare, a slowly cooked casserole that looks after itself in the oven. Or make it in your crockpot, even easier.

Add Guinness for an extra touch of blarney and serve on St Patrick's Day.

Dublin Coddle is made with simple ingredients: pork sausages, bacon, onions, and potatoes.

The only seasonings are salt, pepper, and parsley. Water or a ham stock is added which also makes a simple, but delicious, gravy.

The Bacon for Dublin Coddle

You need Irish Bacon

Traditionally Irish bacon is made from the back meat of the pig, as opposed to the pork belly used in American bacon.

This makes it quite similar to Canadian bacon.

Both Irish bacon and Canadian bacon are cured and have about the same thickness in slices.

Both are cooked until done but not crisped like American bacon.

If you can't get Irish bacon, use bacon that's not sweetened.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 2 kg potatoes
  • 2 large onions
  • 500 g thick cut back bacon
  • 500 g good quality pork sausages
  • 1 ham stock cube
  • 500 ml water
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to season


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into three or four pieces, leaving smaller ones whole.
  2. Finely chop the parsley.
  3. Boil the water and dissolve the stock cube. (If you can't get a ham stock cube use a chicken or vegetable stock cube).
  4. Chop the bacon into thick pieces. Chop the onions.
  5. Brown the sausages and the bacon.
  6. Layer the onions into a casserole dish first, then the bacon. Top the onion and bacon with the pork sausages and then the potatoes. Season each layer liberally with fresh-ground pepper and chopped fresh parsley.
  7. Continue until the ingredients are used up. Pour the ham stock mixture over the top
  8. Cover the pot with a heavy lid and cook in medium oven for 3 and 1/2 hours to 4 hours.
  9. At the two-hour point, check the casserole and add more water if necessary. You can add a little Guinness at this point.
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      Carol Fisher 2 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Sounds really good, much better than the usual sausage and bean casserole. I'll probably try it when I get some suitable bacon.

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      New for me but sounds good for people who can't eat without meat in their food, like my husband does...

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      whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

      Looks like a yummy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks and sounds delightful! I must learn not to visit recipe lenses, esp when hungry. Now my stomach is complaining that my eyes are feasting! :))

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I have not tried this recipe before, I usually make the traditional corned beef and cabbage on March 17, but plan to try this soon. It sounds easy and yummy. Irish Blessings to you!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Well, my dinner guests have gone home. We had a great time. I'm back to see what other Irish dishes others may have had this day. I have this recipe but, as you probably know, every home has it's own special ingredients so mine is varied from yours. I'll be givin' this un a try. Thank you!

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      it appears to be a simple, but yummy recipe...

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      YUMMO! Can I come over to your house?

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      Jeri Baker 5 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful meal.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Yummy, yummy. I'll be right over ;-) d

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      shishuworld 5 years ago

      It all looks so delicious and appetising.. great lens..

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      Kowgirl 5 years ago

      That makes my mouth water....I may try this one but with cauliflower in place of the potatoes. Will have to use American bacon and hope it comes out edible.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      looks very tasty

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      derryod 5 years ago

      I'll be staying with my in-laws this St Patrick's Day, so I'll have to try this recipe another time. But I guess one advantage of living in Ireland is I can have Irish bacon anytime :)

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Sounds and looks delicious. I'll have to give this one a try.

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      LinaRose 5 years ago

      Love the dish, great lens!

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      StaCslns 5 years ago

      Thank you! I am going to try this, it looks so good! Great lens!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      My wife has Irish roots, maybe i will do this as a surprise, thanks for the recipe

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Jusst in time for St. Paddy's day! This looks great!

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      GaelicForge 6 years ago

      Will have to give this a go.... need to find a source for bacon that's no loaded with nitrites, though.

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      casquid 6 years ago

      This is a lovely looking dish! I'll have to try it.

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      flycatcherrr 6 years ago

      This looks tasty indeed - and what a wonderful name!

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      Jennifer_Glennon 6 years ago

      Love St Patricks day! This recipe does look interesting.

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      gengonow 6 years ago

      Love this lens..married a Murphy so I better start cooking like one!

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      Little Linda Pinda 6 years ago from Florida

      Looks so delicious!

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      Tracy Smith 6 years ago from Maryville, TN

      Sounds great. I'll have to put this one on our list to try.

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      Lauriej1 6 years ago

      Yummy!!!! Getting back to my Irish roots sounds absolutly delicious with this awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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      navalava lm 6 years ago

      Yummy! I think I will try to prepare it by myself. Thank you!

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      intermarks 6 years ago

      It looks delicious, I will try to make it this time. Thanks!

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      Cre8tiveMV 6 years ago

      Looks great, gonna try this one!

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      etravelvn 6 years ago

      I am hungry. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      ptnjust007 6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for the recipe

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      awesomedealz4u 6 years ago

      Looks delish!

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      peachplanet 6 years ago

      yummy! you making me hungry!

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      laporter79 lm 6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for the recipe

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 6 years ago from Enid, OK

      This is a neat lens and made me very hungry. I don't cook anymore but maybe I can get my daughter to make it. Thanks and have a great week.

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      another great recipe :)

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Looks delicious! I will have to try this one. :)

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      BenJacklin LM 6 years ago

      never tried, but they know how to do it in Dublin so will give it a go!!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      This sounds yummy... with beef, veal or turkey bacon :) (no pork for me :)).. Blessed!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds mighty tasty. I don't like corned beef so this is right up my alley.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      hirephp lm 6 years ago

      nice lens thanks for sharing

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      Country Sunshine 6 years ago from Texas

      This sounds so good! I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun article and great hat on your bio photo, I loved it!

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      This looks like a really great recipe. I'll have to make sure to give it a try.

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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      Since it's my turn to be the cook, I'm always looking for good recipes. (We negotiate this every 20 years and I'm on the second leg of cooking. Now that I write this, I forget when "we" decided that I should keep cooking.)

      Thank you for this delicious lens.

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      What a great recipe, I think any dish with potatoes in it is going to be delicious because I love to eat boiled, baked and even fried potatoes every once in a while.

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Susanna, you look very cute in your leprechaun hat! Thanks for the great ideas for St. Patrick's Day!

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      bossypants 6 years ago

      Not a fan of corned beef and cabbage, so we'v enever made a traditional meal for St Patrick's Day. Now we I can! I can't wait to try Dublin Coddle. Sounds comforting!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing!

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      Your lens mad me really, really hungry! Well done!

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Ooh Susanna this looks divine! I love Irish food, never tried this before but am going to now!

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This looks delicious! Thank you for explaining about the bacon. I am curious about the sausage. There are so many different kinds! Which kind is most authentic and appropriate to this recipe? I also plan to add this to my lens on international recipes. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds like a delight and I can smell this from far! This is quite a rumble alright!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds like a delight and I can smell this from far! This is quite a rumble alright!

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      This does sound really good.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      This looks so tasty!

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      Netlexis LM 6 years ago

      Looks yummy, just hope I can find the right bacon and sausage.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Australia

      I got stuck looking at that picture of those Bacon pieces for at least 5minutes...

      Great lens.