Impress Your Guests With This Savory Irish Potato Pie Recipe

Well, well, well, I see you’re here for some savory Irish goodness, eh? Lucky for you, I have the perfect recipe that will make St. Patrick’s Day all the more enjoyable! Say hello to my St. Patrick’s Day Irish Potato Pie!

Picture this: a crispy crust layered with bacon, thinly sliced green onions, and cheddar cheese, filled with hot and tender potatoes mashed to perfection in a mixture of butter, sugar, and eggs. As if that wasn’t enough to make your mouth water, we’ll sprinkle some parsley flakes and garlic powder on top before popping it into the oven.

Now taking off my chef hat for a second and speaking from the heart, let me tell you why this recipe holds a special place in my heart. Growing up, I spent countless hours in the kitchen with my Maw Maw, learning her traditional Irish recipes. This potato pie was one of our favorites and has been passed down through generations of my family.

So when I say this is the best Irish potato pie recipe out there – I mean it. This dish has been a staple at every St. Patrick’s Day dinner I’ve hosted and never once disappointed.

I’m thrilled to share this recipe with you all today so you can add it to your collection of traditional Irish dishes or start a new tradition altogether! Trust me; your friends and family will be begging for this recipe come next St. Paddy’s Day.

But don’t just take my word for it; try it out yourself! Keep reading to get the full ingredient list and detailed instructions on how to make my St. Patrick’s Day Irish Potato Pie Recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

St. Patrick's Day Irish Potato Pie
St. Patrick’s Day Irish Potato Pie

Listen up, fellow bakers. I come bearing an extraordinary recipe that will elevate your St. Patrick’s Day celebration to a whole new level. Behold, the savory Irish potato pie!

If you’re looking for something hearty, comforting, and delicious to warm up your taste buds on this special day, then this recipe is perfect for you. It’s jam-packed with all the traditional flavors of Ireland: crispy bacon, tangy cheddar cheese, earthy potatoes, fragrant garlic powder, and more.

But what truly sets this savory pie apart from other recipes is its unique puff pastry crust layered with thinly sliced potatoes. When baked to golden perfection in the oven, it creates a heavenly texture that is unlike anything you’ve tasted before. Every bite is guaranteed to transport you straight to the rolling hills of Ireland.

And let’s not forget about the endless variations you can create with this recipe! Add some sweet potatoes or green onions for a twist on the classic recipe. Or switch out the bacon for some corned beef if that’s more your style. The possibilities are truly endless!

So what are you waiting for? Gather up these simple ingredients and whip up a batch of this savory Irish potato pie for your St. Patrick’s Day feast. Trust me, it’ll be a hit among all your friends and family.

Ingredient List

 Deliciously golden crust of the St. Patrick's Day Irish Potato Pie.
Deliciously golden crust of the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Potato Pie.

Gather the Necessities

  • 5 potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 4 slices bacon, thick-cut and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons of parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

The ingredients for this savory Irish potato pie recipe include your standard baking fare like potatoes, butter, garlic, and black pepper. But fear not; we’ve got a couple of curveballs that make things interesting: crispy bacon and green onions.

The secret to a successful potato pie? The potatoes have to be sliced nice and thin. If you don’t have a mandoline handy, don’t sweat it; just take it slowly and practice some good old-fashioned knife skills. Be sure to set the bacon aside after frying up the chopped bits as it’ll be used in later steps (if you don’t eat them all straight from the pan!).

And we can’t forget that flaky pastry crust! Puff pastry is our preferred variety as it delivers that coveted crispy crust layered with fluffy pastry, perfect for any savory pies especially this Irish Potato Pie – but if you’re feeling adventurous or vegan, try a vegan puff pastry instead!

Now that we’ve gathered all we need for our recipe let’s put them together in the next section.

The Recipe How-To

 Creamy and flavorful mashed potatoes topped with crispy bacon and melted cheese.
Creamy and flavorful mashed potatoes topped with crispy bacon and melted cheese.

Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty! This is where I’ll show you how to make this savory and flavorful Irish potato pie recipe, step-by-step.

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

The first thing that you want to do is preheat your oven to 375F (190C). Then, take out a large baking dish and grease it with butter or cooking spray.

Step 2: Make the Filling

Next, let’s get started on the filling! Take 4 slices of thick-cut bacon and chop them up into small pieces. Then, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it’s nice and crispy. Once it’s done, drain the excess fat using paper towels and set aside.

While the bacon cooks, peel and slice 5 potatoes (russet potatoes work great for this recipe) into thin rounds. Once the bacon is cooked and set aside, add the sliced potatoes to the same skillet (with leftover bacon grease) and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until they’re hot and tender.

Once the potatoes are cooked through, transfer them to a bowl or electric mixer. Using a paddle attachment on your electric mixer or a handheld mixer, add 4 tablespoons of butter to the potatoes and blend well. Next, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and blend until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, a pinch of nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until frothy. Add this mixture to the mashed potatoes along with 1/2 cup of flour and blend well.

Next, add in chopped bacon bits (set aside earlier), 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup of thinly sliced green onions, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix everything together until fully combined.

Step 3: Assemble Your Pie

Now that your filling is ready, take out 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed for about 10 minutes at room temperature. Place it into your greased baking dish making sure it has an overhang on all sides.

Spoon your prepared potato mixture onto the pastry base making sure it’s evenly spread out. Then top with another sheet of puff pastry that has also been thawed for about 10 minutes at room temperature.

Press down around the edges to seal your pie. Cut a few slits in the top layer to allow steam to escape while baking.

Step 4: Bake Your Irish Potato Pie

Finally put your pie into preheated oven and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until golden brown on top. Once it’s baked through take out from oven let cool down before serving hot or warm!.

Enjoy every flaky bite of this Irish pastry that tastes like St Patrick Day itself!

Substitutions and Variations

 A slice of this scrumptious pie is all you need for a hearty meal.
A slice of this scrumptious pie is all you need for a hearty meal.

Now, even the best recipe can sometimes use a tweak here and there to make it your own. Lucky for you, I’ve got some ideas to help take this savory Irish potato pie to a whole new level.

Firstly, if you’re a fan of sweet potatoes, try using them instead of regular potatoes. Sweet potato gives a softer texture and a subtle sweetness to the dish that is truly delightful.

For the meat lovers out there, swap out the bacon for diced corned beef to give it that traditional Irish twist. This is especially fitting if you are serving it for St. Patrick’s Day dinner!

If you’re not a fan of puff pastry, try making your own pie crust from scratch. It might take some extra elbow grease, but trust me when I say the result is worth it. A homemade crust layered on top with all these scrumptious ingredients is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

For those who prefer vegan options or are allergic to dairy products; You can substitute cheddar cheese with any plant-based cheese that melt well like vegan Cheddar or Mozzarella cheese. As well as replace butter with any vegan alternative you like such as coconut oil or margarine.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with this recipe and put your own spin on it! With all these variations available, there’s something for everyone!

Serving and Pairing

 Freshly grated Parmesan cheese elevates the flavor notes of the dish.
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese elevates the flavor notes of the dish.

Now that you have your St. Patrick’s Day Irish Potato Pie hot out of the oven, it’s time to serve and pair it with a delicious accompaniment.

First, let’s talk about serving. This savory Irish potato pie makes for a hearty and filling meal on its own, but you can also pair it with some fresh green vegetables like steamed broccoli or sautéed kale to balance out the richness.

If you’re feeling extra indulgent, serve it with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt on top for some tangy goodness. Chopped fresh herbs like chives, parsley or thyme will enhance the flavor and give an extra touch of freshness.

Now let’s talk about pairing. For a classic Irish dinner, serve your potato pie alongside some traditional Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage, roast lamb or mashed potatoes. The combination of textures and flavors will make every bite more satisfying and enjoyable.

If you’re looking for a side dish that is vegan-friendly, roasted root vegetables like carrots or parsnips will complement the flavors of your potato pie perfectly.

As for drinks, you can never go wrong with a cold pint of Guinness or a glass of Irish whiskey. However if you prefer something non-alcoholic, try serving it with green tea or apple cider vinegar mixed with sparkling water for a refreshing bubbly drink.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair this savory Irish potato pie recipe, one thing is for sure: it’s bound to be a crowd-pleaser at any St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect pie to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a touch of Irish flair.
The perfect pie to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a touch of Irish flair.

You’ve successfully made your St. Patrick’s Day Irish Potato Pie, but what happens now? Do not panic! You can still enjoy this dish on the following day or even a week later with some of these tips and tricks.

First of all, you can choose to make this pie ahead of time, so it is ready for serving when needed. The good news is that this recipe can be fully prepared in advance and kept in the refrigerator until it’s ready to be baked. Just cover it tightly with a plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for up to 12 – 24 hours.

After which, take out the pie from the fridge before baking and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. This allows the puff pastry to thaw a bit and helps it cook more evenly. Brush with some beaten egg yolk on top for an eye-catching golden brown finish.

If you still have leftover pie from your St. Patrick’s Day dinner feast or party, the best way to keep them fresh is by placing them in an airtight container or cover with saran wrap, then store them in your fridge or freezer.

To reheat your leftover Irish Potato Pie, you can use two methods: microwave or oven. In the case of “microwave,” remove the plastic wrap if there is any applied to prevent a mess. Then using an appropriate microwave-safe container, put into the microwave and heat it up for about 3-4 minutes or until hot.

Alternatively, you may use an oven to reheat your pies. Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C degrees; remove pies from storing (either in the fridge or freezer) and set them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat for about 20-25 minutes till properly heated and crusty.

In conclusion, reheating left-over Savory Irish Potato Pie makes consuming this delicious dish quick and straightforward without having to go through cooking again entirely from scratch. Store using an airtight container or saran wrap before proceeding with either reheating method as described above – The outcome will be as satisfying as before!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Every bite of this pie is a celebration of comfort food at its best.
Every bite of this pie is a celebration of comfort food at its best.

Listen up, bakers! I’m here with some important tips to ensure that your Irish Potato Pie turns out absolutely perfect. Trust me, these tips will take your savory Irish potato pie to a whole new level.

Firstly, make sure to use high-quality ingredients. Fresh, organic potatoes and bacon make all the difference. Don’t skimp on the cheese either; a good cheddar cheese will give your pie an extra layer of depth and complexity.

When slicing your potatoes, be sure to slice them thinly and evenly so that they cook tenderly and uniformly. If you don’t have a mandoline slicer, no worries! You can easily slice them by hand with a sharp knife.

When it comes to making the dough for your Irish Potato Pie, it’s essential that you keep everything cold. This is especially true if you’re using puff pastry. Work quickly and keep your pastry and filling components chilled until you’re ready to assemble.

If you’re looking to get that crispy crust layered with flavor in every bite, then blind baking the pie crust is key. You can do this by pre-baking the crust before adding in the filling. This will help avoid any soggy bottom issues.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative with your spices and seasonings. Adding a pinch of nutmeg, garlic powder or black pepper can turn a good dish into an extraordinary one. Want to add a little sweetness? Try sprinkling some sugar on top of your pastry before putting it in the oven.

By following these simple tips, your savory Irish potato pie will be worthy of any St. Patrick’s Day dinner table or any other festive occasion you can think of!


But wait, we’re not quite finished yet! I know you may still have some questions lingering about this savory Irish potato pie recipe. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish. Let’s go through them one by one, so you can feel confident in your ability to create this delicious St. Patrick’s Day treat.

Why is it called Irish potato?

The origins of the name “Irish potatoes” can be traced back to the fact that potatoes were introduced to Europe in the 1500s and were later brought to the United States by Irish immigrants, who popularized the practice of cultivating and eating potatoes.

What do Patti Labelle put in her sweet potato pie?

For this recipe, we’ll need around 5 medium-sized orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (also known as yams) weighing approximately 2 1/2 pounds. These should be washed, but we won’t be peeling them. Along with this, we’ll require half a cup of melted unsalted butter, a cup of granulated sugar, half a cup of evaporated milk, two large eggs, a teaspoon each of freshly grated or ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon, and a quarter teaspoon of salt.

Why do we eat potatoes on St Patrick’s Day?

Ball states that the potato has a rich history that signifies strength and resilience. Additionally, its association with the beginning of spring has made the tradition of planting potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day a deeply-rooted custom in Irish culture.

Why do blacks like sweet potato pie?

The practice of preparing pumpkin pies for dessert was introduced to West Africa by European Britons in the 16th century, and eventually made its way to America during the era of slavery. African slaves modified the recipe and made it sweeter by substituting yams with sweet potatoes as the main ingredient.

Bottom Line

So, there you have it folks! My recipe for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day Irish Potato Pie that’ll leave your taste buds singing with joy. This savory Irish delight showcases potatoes at their finest and explodes with flavors that won’t disappoint. The crust is crispy, layered, and made with frozen puff pastry that makes it simple to create.

Not only is this dish perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day gathering or Irish dinner, but it’s also a fantastic option for a family meal or cozy night in. You can easily adjust the recipe to suit your preferences by adding other ingredients like corned beef, cheddar cheese, or green onions.

With detailed instructions, tips, substitutions, and variations, I have done my best to make this recipe accessible to all levels of home cooks. So gather up the ingredients and get ready to create this masterpiece!

Looking for more dessert recipes? Be sure to check out my blog for other mouth-watering dishes like vegan Irish potato pies or traditional Irish mashed potatoes.

In conclusion, I stand by this recipe as one that will leave everyone wanting seconds. So why not give it a try? Trust me; it will be worth it!

St. Patrick's Day Irish Potato Pie

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Potato Pie Recipe

This recipe [sans the garlic and parsley] is from Elswet’s grandmother’s recipes and is quite old, as she got it from her grandmother. This is really good most anytime, but it’s especially good when it’s cold outside. This goes great with a potato/cheddar soup, for lunch, or with a green salad and jello with pear halves for dinner. This type of food is typically a bit bland. So we spice it up the tiniest bit to suit our more eclectic palates.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Cheese, Easy, European, One-Dish Meal, Potato, St. Patrick’s Day, Vegetable, Winter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 pie
Calories: 366.6kcal


  • 6 -8 potatoes, peeled
  • 6 bacon, strips
  • 4 green onions, sliced paper thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 8 drops green food coloring


  • preheat oven to 400°F
  • cook the potatoes in boiling water with the green food coloring added to the water, until tender and drain.
  • in a skillet, fry bacon until crisp and lay out on paper towels to drain.
  • trim onions so that you have the white part and about half of the green, wash well, and slice paper-thin.
  • add onions to skillet and sauté in bacon grease over medium heat until soft.
  • slice the boiled potatoes, and arrange half in the bottom of a pie plate.
  • season with salt and pepper, 1/2 the garlic and 1/2 the parsley.
  • layer with bacon, onion and one half of the cheese. cover with remaining potatoes and season again.
  • cover with remaining cheese.
  • bake for 30 minutes or until top is browned and cheese is melted.
  • you can also layer in 1/2 pound of browned ground meat on top of each potato layer, if cooking for someone who won’t eat a meatless meal.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 378g | Calories: 366.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.7g | Protein: 13.9g | Fat: 9.7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29.7mg | Sodium: 488.1mg | Fiber: 7.5g | Sugar: 3.1g