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Dublin Coddle stew in a pot, with sausage

Craving A Warm And Gratifying Authentic Dublin Coddle?

If you're craving a warm and gratifying authentic Dublin Coddle, everything you want in a traditional Irish dish is found right here.
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: English, Irish, Scottish
Keyword: bangers, coddle, comfort food, dublin coddle, irish, potatoes, soup and stew, st patricks day, stew, ultimate comfort food, winter
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 902kcal
Cost: $2.05 per serving

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Equipment

  • 4 quart or larger Dutch oven or ovenproof pot with a tight-fitting ovenproof lid

Ingredients

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    Ingredients for Dublin Coddle

    • 1/2 pound bacon smoked, thick cut, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 pound pork sausages if you are able to purchase pork bangers, those are preferred
    • 2 extra large onions randomly sliced
    • 5 cloves garlic smashed and rough chopped
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1/3 cup crème sherry
    • 1 cup stout best substitute is 3/4 cup beef broth combined with 1/4 cup seltzer
    • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes halved and quartered if large
    • 3 cups chicken broth homemade if possible; best substitute is ham stock
    • 1/2 cup parsley fresh, rough chopped
    • salt and pepper

    Instructions

    The Method

    • Preheat oven to 300° F.
    • Place a large Dutch Oven on the stove. Over medium heat, render the bacon. You want it cooked, but not crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked bacon to a plate and set aside.
    • Carefully add the sausages to the Dutch oven. Brown on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove and reserve to same plate as bacon.
    • Discard all but 1 or 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat. Add the onions. Sauté until the onions just begin to break down, 5 to 8 minutes. Toss onions several times to ensure they are breaking down evenly. Sprinkle the sugar over the onions and toss again. Add the garlic. Sauté until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
    • Off the pot from the heat briefly and deglaze with crème sherry. Replace pot atop heat and bring the sherry mixture to a boil. Use the back of a spoon to scrape up all of the fond at the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to medium low and reduce the sherry until all of it has largely evaporated and the onions are caramelized. Pour in the stout ** see NOTES. Again bring to a boil before lowering the heat and allowing the stout to largely evaporate. Remove the pot from the heat again. Remove the onions from the pot to a bowl. Set aside.
    • Add half the chunked potatoes to the bottom of the Dutch oven. Season liberally with pepper and add half the chopped parsley. Add half the onions. Finish with half the cooked bacon. Repeat beginning with the remaining potatoes and ending with the remaining cooked bacon.
    • Nestle the bangers atop the layers. Add the chicken broth all at once. Replace the pot (very heavy now) to the heat and bring to another boil. Off the pot from the heat and fit the pot with its lid. Carefully transfer the pot to the oven.
    • Braise for 2 to 4 hours checking every 30 minutes to see if broth must be added. Maintain an inch of liquid at all times to prevent burning. ** The braise is largely complete at 2 hours. Adding additional time ensures a well flavored pot liquor and very tender potatoes. I braise for a minimum of 3 hours and use the last hour to set my table and prepare my biscuits.
    • Season with salt and pepper if necessary. If planning to mash some or all of the potato mixture, carefully spoon out to a bowl and use a hand masher to 'rough mash' the potatoes. I use about 1/2 cup of the pot liquor to mash in lieu of butter or milk.
    • Serve by mounding some of the mash in a bowl. Ladle some remaining stew and the pot liquor over top and nestle a banger right in the middle.

    Notes

    If you are not keen on using beer, substitute by combining 3/4 cup beef stock with 1/4 cup seltzer.
    Avoid starchy potatoes such as Russets and Idahos; they do not hold their shape when cooked for a long time. I specify Yukon Golds, and I will further mention that I try to find the baby Yukon's whenever possible.
    Irish bangers are a pork sausage seasoned with garlic and herbs and can be difficult to find here in the United States; if you are unable to locate authentic bangers around St. Patrick's Day, use a high-quality pork sausage as a substitute.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 902kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 70g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1178mg | Potassium: 1223mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.