Cabbage and Bacon Pie

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


In Ireland, the term bacon is used loosely; the meat in this casserole is actually ham.


  • 6 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 14 tbsp. butter
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 5 cups milk
  • 23 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head savoy cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 12 lb. baked ham, diced


Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°. Put potatoes into a medium pot, cover with cold water, and boil over medium-high heat until soft, 30–35 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, melt 6 tbsp. of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add milk and cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens, 8–10 minutes. Add parsley and salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Step 3

Boil cabbage in a medium pot of boiling salted water over high heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Step 4

Drain potatoes, return them to pot, and mash until smooth. Stir in cream, the remaining 8 tbsp. butter, scallions, and salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Step 5

Scatter ham in bottom of a large baking dish, cover with cabbage, then sauce, then mashed potatoes, in that order, piping potatoes through a pastry bag fitted with a 1⁄2" star tip, if you like. Bake until bubbling hot and golden on top, 30–35 minutes.

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