Dublin Coddle and Spuds!
BBQ style Irish Slow Cooked Cheese and Bacon Potatoes in Paper
It’s fast approaching St Patrick’s Day and, if the sun continues to shine, it’s also fast approaching that shortest and fleeting of seasons, the “BBQ” season, where men arm themselves with tongs and matches and women get very worried! Now, I must “fess” up here, I don’t celebrate St Patrick’s Day usually, although I have been to several St Paddy’s festivals and gatherings over the years; but at home, we just don’t celebrate it as everyone in the Emerald Isle (and North America) will be doing, with green beer and green food etc! I have an aversion to “dyed” food anyway, so green beer won’t ring my bell and if the food is naturally green, then that’s fine, but if it’s not, then don’t dye it please – unless it is cake icing maybe!
However, I do LOVE Irish cuisine (and beer!) so this year by way of a subtle way of celebrating Ireland’s national Saint’s day, I decided to bake a special potato dish, based on a classic Irish dish, Dublin Coddle. We all love a good coddle in our house, and I have a great recipe which I often cook, especially during winter. There are numerous coddle recipes, mine is very simple, it’s potatoes, bacon, onions and sausages.
The recipe I am sharing today is not a coddle, but it is based on two recipes – my recipe for a traditional Dublin Coddle and a friend’s recipe for cheesy baked potatoes with bacon, which are cooked in a slow cooker. My BBQ style Irish Slow Cooked Cheese and Bacon Potatoes in Paper are comforting and extremely calorific, but they certainly hit the spot when enjoyed in a cold, damp and miserable day, as well as being the perfect accompaniment to any barbecue. In fact they can be cooked in the barbecue too, in an envelope of foil, and the smoked bacon and salt add a very “smoky barbecue” flavour to these decadent spuds.
As barbecue season has not quite arrived yet, I served these slow cooked spuds with mounds of salad, tomatoes and a metre or two of crusty bread, for a very satisfying and tasty lunch. By cooking them in a paper “envelope” in the slow cooker, you get meltingly soft potatoes and cheese, with crispy bacon pieces and layers of juicy onions…….it’s a simple dish that works on every level – easy to prepare, easy to cook and delicious to eat. Plus, as it is cooked in a slow cooker, and is a “BBQ” style recipe, I can enter it into Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Challenge, as the theme for March is BBQ style recipes cooked in your slow cooker.
For all my Irish friends out there, “Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit” and…….
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
…….have a wonderful day and see you soon with more recipes, chat and some reviews. Karen