Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dublin Coddle with Guinness

Dublin Coddle

You know I never really believed the saying less is more. For me, (mostly) more is more. Especially when it comes to chocolate. And shopping. Come on ladies, you know what I mean. Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised at this very pedestrian meal of essentially boiled potatoes and pork. Sound exciting? Didn't think so.

Unfortunately (or fortunately in hindsight!) I didn't really have a choice in the matter as I needed to make something Irish for the Regional Recipe roundup. And let me tell you - it's damn difficult thinking of appropriate Irish things to make when the last few days of summer insists on being swelteringly hot. Sure Irish beef stew sounded good, but in this weather? Um... And on I plodded until I happened across various incarnations of this recipe on quite a few websites. I'll be honest, it didn't sound particularly appealing. But it did have a catchy name, and wouldn't you know it ended up sealing the deal.

And it seems I'm in good company - Dublin Coddle is said to be a favourite of the original (and some would argue best) James Bond, Sean Connery. It also appears in various Dublin literary references, which includes the works of James Joyce.* Don't you just love how that makes you feel all important-by-association? 

I'm going to be honest with you - this is not a quick weekday meal. But wouldn't you put in a little bit of effort for your own James Bond-esque supper? And I'm definitely not exaggerating when I say that the somewhat lengthy cooking time is worth it through and through. I don't know if it's the Guinness or the bacon, but the sauce ends up being oh-so-flavourful which, in my opinion, makes this one of the best simple meals out. Maybe less really is more?

Ingredients for Dublin Coddle

Blazing Hot WokI'm submitting this to Regional Recipes (March's theme is Ireland), hosted by Joanne of Eats Well With Others
and created by Darlene from Blazing Hot Wok.  

Dublin Coddle with Guinness
Serves 4 - 6

170g lean back bacon, cut into chunks
350g pork sausages (bangers), cut into thick slices
1 large onion, sliced
4 large potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp (30ml) fresh chives, roughly chopped
1 cup (250ml) water
1 cup (250ml) Guinness

1. Preheat oven to 160C
2. Dry fry the bacon in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat for a few minutes to brown. Remove (draining the fat if necessary) and repeat with the pork sausages.
3. Arrange bacon, sausage, onion and potatoes in an ovenproof dish. Season with salt and pepper (bearing in mind the sausages and bacon are quite salty already) and scatter chives over.
4. Pour water and Guinness around the meat and potatoes, cover and place in the oven for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes or until the potatoes are soft and the meat cooked.

Serve as is, with perhaps a pint of Guinness and a chunk of Irish soda bread on the side.

Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 521.3, Total fat 20.0 g, Saturated fat 7.0 g, Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g, Monounsaturated fat 0.0 g, Cholesterol 54.0 mg, Sodium 1,120.8 mg, Potassium 1,329.9 mg, Total carbohydrate 58.8 g, Dietary fiber 6.0 g, Sugars 2.8 g, Protein 28.6 g

Good source of: Vitamin C 42.6 %, Manganese 28.5 %, Iron 19.6 %, Folate 18.5 %
*source: Wikipedia


nina on March 24, 2010 2:57 pm said...

I've baked a guiness chocolate cake before, but this looks absolutely scrumptious!!!Have you booked for the cheese course??

Marisa on March 24, 2010 3:44 pm said...

Won't be able to make the cheese course - month end is my busiest time unfortunately. :-/

Guinness Chocolate cake is definitely still on my to-try list - saw a great recipe by Nigella the other day.

Joanne on March 25, 2010 4:31 am said...

I was definitely surprised that I liked my meat and potatoes dish as much as I did as well! I guess there is something to why they have remained so popular over time.

This looks delicious! Thanks for the submission!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( on March 25, 2010 7:25 am said...

I think we should have our own SA food bloggers competition! I love cooking with Guinness

Marisa on March 25, 2010 8:05 am said...

Joanne - so true! Know I see why the combo is so popular.

Tandy - great idea! You organising? :-)

Homemade Heaven on March 25, 2010 9:09 am said...

I'm thinking slow cooker food for winter? It's getting cooler now , so this is going to be good fare for that.

Marisa on March 25, 2010 9:17 am said...

Great minds think alike - I was also thinking that this would be perfect for the slow cooker!

Jane-Anne on March 25, 2010 10:42 am said...

Bacon, bangers, potatoes, Guinness... some of my favourite ingredients all in one pot! Lovely recipe with comfort food written all over it. Definitely going to give this a try!

Anonymous said...

Yip...chocolate...never enough! This looks like a comfort meal...what's not to love!

Kit on March 25, 2010 2:55 pm said...

Looks like a good recipe for the slow cooker and with those ingredients my kids should like it - won't tell them about the Guinness though!

Marisa on March 25, 2010 4:10 pm said...

Thanks for all the comments - I appreciate each & every one of them!

my little expat kitchen on March 25, 2010 4:15 pm said...

Hi Marisa, I just discovered your blog through Kay's. You have some lovely recipes here. I'll be visiting you again!

Marisa on March 25, 2010 4:48 pm said...

Looking forward to seeing you around Magda!

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