|Mmmmm, Dublin Coddle|
Remember when I said I was looking for more Irish recipes? Well, I found a great one! This recipe for Dublin coddle landed in my lap at just the right time, via my monthly email from our CSA farmers. Sweet potatoes are Charlotte's absolute favorite food, and I've been looking for ways to jazz them up apart from the usual routine, which includes variations on butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and white pepper (my mom puts soy sauce on her sweet potatoes...oh, and Italian dressing on her baked potatoes). Plus, it's almost St. Patrick's Day, and you simply cannot live in Boston without getting into the holiday spirit. [I must stop here to tell my friends and family from the south that they SELL clover here, like, in grocery stores. I know!].
This comforting recipe is great for using up what you've got on hand; in fact, the lore of Dublin coddle is that folks made it on Thursday to use up their meat and fill themselves up before Friday during Lent. Feel free to change it up and make it yours. I flipped the amount of regular potatoes and sweet potatoes to use up some I had in the pantry. It was delicious! Any way you make it, it's a frugal way to make your bellies full and happy. So here it is, my favorite farmer's favorite Irish recipe.
Chestnut Farms' Dublin coddle
2 Tbs. oil
½ lb. bacon, chopped
10 ounces chicken sausages (any variety), sliced into 1-inch-thick diagonal slices
2 large yellow onions, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbs. fresh chopped (or 1 tsp. dried) each of: sage, thyme, parsley
2 large russet potatoes, cut into thick slices
1 large sweet potato, cut into thick slices
2 carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 apples, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup apple cider
1 cup chicken stock
Salt and ground black pepper
Add the russet and sweet potatoes, carrots, apples and reserved meat. Pour the apple cider and chicken stock over everything. Cover and set over medium-low heat. Cook until the vegetables and potatoes are very tender, about 1 to 1½ hours. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with a pint of stout and some biscuits. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Editor's note: This post is part of Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Real Food Wednesday, the Homestead Barn Hop, Monday Mania, Sunday School, FarmGirl Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Frugal Friday.