Let’s just jump right in and talk about this amazing pot of Irish comfort food! Last weekend we went camping in Shenandoah National Park with our two dogs and a cooler full of wonderful ingredients. We love cooking outdoors on an open fire and especially love our Lodge Camp Dutch Oven for stews, soups and casseroles like this Dublin Coddle.
The Dublin Coddle is a savory Irish classic made with potatoes, onions, rashers (bacon) and bangers (sausages) with a little chicken broth and beer thrown in.
To be an authentic Irish Coddle, everything will be boiled together instead of layered and the sausages are not browned. This is my adaptation since we were camping and we wanted to adapt the old style recipe for the Camp Dutch Oven. Since we live in the United States and bangers are hard to find here, I used bratwurst sausages which are also made of pork and slightly larger than bangers. Our Dutch Oven is a 12-inch, 6 quart cast iron pot specially made for cooking over coals. As you can see in the photo above, my favorite sous-chef assisted with the food prep. He peeled the potatoes and I fried the bacon and sausages. What a team!
You can also make this casserole in the oven at home using the same recipe. Layer the potatoes in the bottom of your Dutch Oven or casserole dish. Season them well with pepper and sprinkle half the cooked and crumbled bacon on top. Cook the onions in the skillet used to fry the bacon in about 3 tablespoons of drippings. Once the onions are softened, add the broth and vinegar and carefully pour over the potatoes. Add some fresh chopped parsley and the lightly browned bangers.
Pre-heat 25-30 charcoals because you will need to put some on the bottom and some on the top to create an oven effect.
There is a science to how many coals you should use. For a 12-inch dutch oven, you should double that number to 24 and divide by 3. Place one-third of the 24 coals on the bottom (8) in a checkerboard pattern and place the remaining (16) coals on top. You will need to replenish the coals during the the next couple of hours of cooking so be sure to have some ready. This is not one of those start it and leave it kind of dishes. A Dutch Oven should be monitored and the pot rotated every 15-20 minutes to even out any hot spots. Turn the pot clockwise a quarter turn and then turn the lid a quarter turn in the opposite direction. Isn’t that brilliant?!
Since this is a casserole, not a soup, you will need to watch the broth to make sure the pot does not boil dry. After about an hour, add a cup or more of your favorite beer (Guinness is a popular choice for this dish.) Put the lid back on the dutch oven with a fresh layer of coals on the top and bottom. Next you will need to finish the bottle of beer if you didn’t put it all in the pot. You can also share with your sous-chef if desired.
If you run out and buy a dutch oven, be sure to get the handy dandy lid lifter too!
Once the potatoes are tender, dinner is ready. Add the remaining chopped bacon and a fresh garnish of parsley and serve.
Serve this hardy dish with some crusty bread to soak up the broth. Talk about delicious!
What an exceptional treat – who doesn’t love potatoes and onions and perfectly cooked “bangers?”
This recipe makes enough to serve four to six people, or only two with enough leftover for several more meals!
It’s a shame we don’t eat sausage and bacon very often anymore. But with a weekend of hiking and walking, we felt a little splurge was okay.
My husband and I both love this dish. I prefer this method over boiling the bacon and sausage which is a popular way to cook a coddle. By browning and cooking the bacon and sausage before adding to the pot, we are able to remove most of the rendered fat, so in some small way this is a tad bit healthier and the sausages look a little nicer than if they were boiled. No offense meant to the authentic Irish way to make this dish!
Dublin Coddle – an Irish Classic!
And for dessert my wonderful sous-chef husband once again proved that he is the master of the roasted marshmallow!
What fun is a camping trip without roasted marshmallows?
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- 2½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced ½" thick
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 12 ounces thick-cut bacon (see notes)
- 6 bratwurst sausages (or bangers if you can find them)
- 2 large white onions, peeled and sliced into ½" rings
- 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth (low-sodium preferred)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup beer (plus more if needed)
- ¼ cup minced fresh parsley, divided
- Prepare 25-30 coals for the campfire.
- Lightly oil a 12-inch Camp Dutch Oven and the inside of the lid.
- Layer the sliced potatoes in a shingle pattern on the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Sprinkle the potatoes with about 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper.
- Cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Lightly brown the sausages in the bacon fat but do not fully cook. Set aside.
- Remove all but about 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat and discard. Add the sliced onions to the hot skillet and cook covered for 5-7 minutes stirring once or twice. Remove the lid and add the chicken broth, vinegar and season with black pepper. Bring the onions and broth to a boil. Remove from the heat and carefully pour the onions and broth over the potatoes in the dutch oven.
- Top the onions and potatoes with half the crumbled bacon and half the chopped parsley. Place the browned sausages on top and cover with the lid.
- Place the Dutch Oven over 8 hot coals spread out in a checkerboard pattern. Place 16 hot coals on the lid.
- Cook the coddle for about an hour, turning the pot ¼ turn clockwise, and the lid ¼ turn in the opposite direction every 15-20 minutes to prevent hot spots. Check the casserole to make sure it does not dry out and burn. After an hour add 1 cup or more of your favorite beer to the pot. Continue cooking until the sausages are fully cooked and golden brown - about 45-60 minutes. Continue turning the pot and lid as described above and add new hot coals as needed. You may need to sweep the ashes off the top of the dutch oven before adding new coals.
- Take care when removing the lid to avoid getting ashes in the food.
- Serve and enjoy with a loaf of crusty bread to soak up the broth.
Be sure to check the finished dish before adding salt. I used nitrate-free applewood smoked bacon which is a little less salty overall.
Salt-free chicken broth is also a good choice if you can find it.
To cook the Coddle in the oven, lightly grease a dutch oven or covered casserole dish. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake covered for 1.5 hours removing the lid for the last 45 minutes or so.
A 12-inch Camp Dutch Oven holds 6 quarts
This is one of our best camping buddies. Mocha, a Parson Russell Terrier, is our grand-dog but has lived with us her entire 9 years so we have full custody. Simply, Mocha is the best dog in the whole world and she loves to go camping!
Here are a few more of our favorite camping recipes you might like:
Sloppy Joes ~ from Saving Room for Dessert
Brunswick Stew ~ from Saving Room for Dessert
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I hope you have a wonderful fall weekend planned! It is supposed to turn a little cooler next week and we can’t wait. The weather in the mountains was perfect and we want some more! Thanks so much for stopping by!