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Dublin Coddle with a Twist

dublin coddleWell here we are, the day after St. Patrick’s Day and guess what? I have another potato recipe for you! This one is soooooo good, you can’t help but love it. So far my favorite potato based recipe this month has to be yesterday’s Shepherd’s Pie.

Because I am doing Irish and green themed recipes all month-long, I had to make a few of these during the week. I am a little sad that kiddo wasn’t around when I made this one because I can certainly see her helping to lick the pot clean. This was my first time making Dublin Coddle. It’s another boiled dinner but with some different ingredients.  I have eaten Coddle in the past, without knowing what it was (odd, right?) and so far this is my favorite version.

This recipe was inspired by a handful of recipes I looked at online along with another recipe from one of my favorite Irish cookbooks, “The Irish Pub: Fabulous Food from the Emerald Isle.”

dublin coddle on woodI was planning to give you guys a little bit of a break from potatoes after St. Patrick’s Day and post some other Irish recipes, but today I am participating in White Lights on Wednesday’s “Get Your Chef” on and it just so happens the secret ingredient is potatoes! That’s ok, right?? We love potatoes!


I know I love my potatoes, but too many of them just don’t love me. Because of their high starch and carb content they don’t mesh with my PCOS too well. So, I keep these powerhouse vegetables to a minimum. I love that they come in so many varieties and are local grown here.  I also love that they are budget-friendly.

What makes my Dublin Coddle even better is that I use freshly made chicken stock. Whenever we purchase chicken I made sure to buy whole when they are on sale. This allows me to make roasted chicken for one meal, homemade chicken noodle soup or chicken and dumplings for another meal and then we boil the parts and pieces for stock. It really is one of the best ways to spend my money.  I freeze it and keep as much on hand as I can.

I also used Turkey sausage.  I feel it gives a different flavor than the pork  (which I have to take a break from every once in a while) and mixes well with the bacon and chicken stock.

dublin coddle close up

This soupy meal is perfectly paired with Irish Brown Soda Bread to complete the meal and sop up all the wonderful juice.

I do have one warning, don’t try to cook on high. The bacon grease with splatter and make sure you watch the sausage and don’t let it stick to the pan!

Dublin Coddle

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
5 from 2 votes


  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 13 oz sausage sliced
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 1 leek sliced
  • 4 medium potatoes cubed
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley
  • thyme


  • In the bottom of a dutch oven place the strips of bacon and cook until crispy.
  • Remove the bacon and set aside.
  • Pour out some of the grease.
  • Add the sliced sausage to the remaining bacon grease.
  • Cook on low heat.
  • While the sausage is cooking, crumble your bacon.
  • This can easily be done by placing bacon on a napkin, folding in half and then rolling over it with a rolling pin.
  • Add the bacon back to the pan with the cooking sausage.
  • Add the sliced onion and garlic.
  • Allow items to saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the leeks.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour in the chicken stock.
  • Add potatoes, thyme, parsley and the bay leaves.
  • Cover.
  • Bring the dish to a boil.
  • Lower heat and allow to simmer 1-2 hours or until the potatoes are done.
  • Remove the bay leaves and serve.
  • Perfectly paired with Irish Brown Soda Bread.



Have you ever had Dublin Coddle? Are you willing to try it now that you see how easy it is to make? This recipe is also something you can make in the crockpot. Just cook the bacon and then put all the ingredients in the pot and cook on low for about 6 hours. 

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  1. Stopping by from Creative K Kids – what a yummy recipe. I can’t believe I actually have all of the ingredients on hand. I think I’ll try it in the slow cooker. 🙂

    1. There are a lot of slow cooker versions out there. I am a fan of mine and I am 100% positive this will be great in a slow cooker! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I love soups and stews, and you can’t go wrong when you throw some bacon in! Thanks for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday’s Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty’s Tuesday’s Pinterest Board!

  3. Hi Crystal! That’s for sharing this at the Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party. I’ve seen this at a local Irish pub on their dinner menu but haven’t had it. This is the kind of soup my family really likes Plus, with bacon and sausage, they’ll love it.

  4. Wow! This looks really good. This is exactly what I think of on cold winter days here in Toronto. I need to see if I can make this and if it will turn out! I know my hubby and kids would love it so I may as well try!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe looks and sounds amazing. I love anything with potatoes in it and I’m sure this would be a hit with the kids because they do as well. I can get them to eat almost anything as long as I add potatoes to the pot. Thanks so much for sharing, I might make this for St. Patty’s day but I won’t be able to wait that long for my first try.

  6. This looks delicious! Saint Patrick’s Day is the only day of the year we have a set menu around here. It’s always corned beef hash in the morning (cook the beef in the crockpot overnight) and then Shephard’s pie with a side of fried cabbage for dinner. I believe I have just found lunch 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. That sounds like a wonderful day! We don’t really have a set menu for the day because we tend to celebrate a few days in March with Irish recipes. Depending on what day of the week is, breakfast varies but we do try to have boiled dinner (conrned beef) for dinner.

  7. This would be perfect for the icky weather we have been having! Ireland is one my favorite countries to travel to. We have not had this before, but I know it sounds like a soup my husband would love!

  8. 5 stars
    Oooh, thank you for introducing me to a ‘coddle’ – I’ve never heard that term before, but it sounds so utterly perfect for a warming, fulfilling soup (now when I say ‘soup’, it sounds so flat and uninspiring, haha). Great explanation for the major ingredients you’ve chosen, e.g. the turkey sausage. I’m a huge fan of turkey myself, so I can just imagine how the mellow meaty flavor would complement the chicken stock well. I would love to have a bowl of your homemade coddle. As that’s probably not possible… I’ll have to try to recreate it sometime in the near future. Cheers!


  9. Okay, can I just say that you are my type of cook? Can you come live with us? Seriously though, if the Shepherds pie wasn’t awesome enough, this too looks like something my family would love. I love meals like this for the cold winter nights and I can’t wait to try it.

  10. I’ve never heard of anything like this before! I like all the ingredients but I have to admit I’ve NEVER had leeks before. ISn’t that crazy? I wonder what they taste like! My friend made a salad with leeks recently and told me it didn’t go well…so now I’m sketical! This looks good though!

  11. I have never heard of ‘Coddle’ before, and love that it has potatoes in it – one of my favorite ingredients in a soup. I did not know about the correlation between potatoes, starch and PCOS before. I also like that the recipe includes bacon; I bet that adds a nice flavor to it.

  12. I’ve never heard of this before, but looks like a great soup to eat in the cold winter temperatures. Going to have to save this one and get all the things that I need to make this. Looks like something the kids would enjoy too.

  13. We are expecting three feet of snow in the next 48 hours. This would be the perfect meal to warm us up. Looks incredibly hearty and satisfying. And of course I’d have to bake a loaf of bread to go with it!

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