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The classic Irish coddle recipe is basically a ham, sausage, potato, and onion stove-top casserole. It makes an easy and hearty meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds pork sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 pounds smoked ham, cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 2 large yellow onions, peeled and thinly diced
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:

Place the sausage and ham in the boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Drain, but reserve the liquid.

Put the meat into a large saucepan (or an oven-proof dish) with the onions, potatoes, and parsley. Add enough of the stock to not quite cover the contents. Cover the pot and simmer gently for about 1 hour, or until the liquid is reduced by half and all the ingredients are cooked but not mushy. You may need to remove the lid during the last half of the cooking process. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot with the vegetables on top and fresh Irish Soda Bread and a glass of stout.

Yield: 8 servings

Source: A Taste of Ireland in Food and Pictures by Theodora Fitzgibbon (Pan Books)
Reprinted with permission.

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 3 out of 5
Low(er) Carb Slow Cooker Coddle, Member ElizaaDo

I use cauliflower instead of potatoes. Just bung cauliflower, parsnips, carrots, onions & parsley into slow cooker. Cook on high til cooked. Then when cooked I use a stab blender on it to get a thick soup . Throw in bacon chunks, sausages & more of all the veg & back on high for a few hours til cooked. It is the nearest to the original that I used to make with potatoes. Each parish has its own version. Some add lentils or barley, some use streaky sliced bacon, some use soup mix or tomatoes. There really is no ""wrong"" way to make a coddle but I like mine thick, like a next day stew.

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