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Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley

March 13

Traditional Irish food is all about comfort and now proves this more than Dublin coddle. Purists will have to excuse the frying of the sausages, but I’m sorry I can’t bear a nude sausage sitting in my coddle. Do seek the best butchers sausages and streaky bacon you can get your hands on, for a simple dish like this one it makes all the difference.


  • serves Serves 4
  • time 60 mins


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C/425°/Gas Mark 7.
  2. 2. Place a large frying pan over a medium high heat and add a drop of oil. Fry the bacon and sausages until golden brown on all sides. Remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper.
  3. 3. Place the onions across the base of a casserole dish, layer up with the bay leaf, bacon and sausages, pearl barley and finish with a layer of potatoes. Pour over the stock and place the pot, covered, over a high heat and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. 4. Remove the lid and dot the potatoes with butter. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper and transfer to the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes turn golden brown.
  5. 5. Serve generous ladleful’s of the stew in deep bowls with parsley and crusty bread to mop up the juices.

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1 large onion, chopped

6 slices of thick streaky bacon rashers, roughly chopped

(800g) 2-3 large waxy potatoes, peeled and cut in 1cm slices

8 butchers sausages

500ml chicken stock

1 bay leaf

100g pearl barley

A good handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Sea salt and ground black pepper

A generous knob of butter


You'll Need

Large frying pan

Casserole dish