Looking for a Traditional Dinner? Try This Irish Ham and Potatoes Recipe

Caitriona Redmond

March 13, 2018

Irish ham and potatoes

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Are you looking for a traditional Irish recipe? Try this fantastically simple Irish ham and potatoes recipe for dinner, which leaves delicious leftovers too!

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When I’m planning this dinner, I ask the butcher for a large piece of ham, not too cured. It is worth cooking a larger piece than you would normally get for just one meal, as the leftovers are fantastic and can be eaten cold or transformed into another meal.

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Irish Ham and Potatoes Recipe


  • 2lbs ham, not too cured
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Fresh parsley


  1. Fill a large pot with cold water then put the ham inside. Bring the pot to the boil and the salt content in the ham seeps out. The water takes on a slick appearance.with speckles of blue dancing over the top from the cure.
  2. Covered, simmer the ham for 90 minutes. As it simmers white bubbles of froth form and disappear back into the water.
  3. Add the potatoes into the bubbling pot with the ham as the water will impart a little seasoning and flavour to the potatoes. You could also do them separately if you prefer.
  4. Leave the potatoes for 15 minutes, then add the roughly chopped carrots for the last 10-12 minutes before removing the pot from the heat.
  5. In a smaller saucepan, melt butter, a little flour and cook it off, then bit by bit add a half-and-half mixture of warm milk and some decanted cooking liquor from the boiling pot.
  6. At this point my mother would add finely chopped parsley. I don’t have enough in the garden quite yet to do it so I sprinkle leaves on the plate of food before serving.

This is the food that my mother cooked, my grandmother cooked and their ancestors before them. Wholesome, nourishing, frugal and high in nutrients.

P.S. When Himself asked me what was for dinner I replied “Yum, Yum”. He knew instantly what we would be eating!

This recipe, and more, is available on Wholesome Ireland

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Published On: March 13th, 2018 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: January 17th, 2022 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Caitriona Redmond

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Caitriona is a food writer, blogger and author, as well as a mother to 2 boys and a teen stepdaughter. After Caitriona was laid off during the recession, with her family budget getting smaller she found herself facing a shrinking amount of money on a weekly basis to spend on food. She could feed the family on convenience food for the same amount that she had to spend but she chose to cook the best food she could within their tight budget. Her blog is about her, how she manages and the rollercoaster that parenting and living on a tight budget brings.

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