Irish Potato Pie

This recipe, with slight adjustments, was brought over “on the boat” by the cook’s great-great-aunt in the 1880s. When asked why she had brought a potato pie (rather than a fruit pie) recipe with her, she’d answer that she had hoped that America would have an abundant supply of potatoes, as in Ireland there was “nary a sound potato to be had there. May God bring them back.” Of course, God did, and we celebrate that with the fine legacy of Aunt Bridget's potato custard pie.

—Mary Cummings, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, The Old Farmer's Almanac Recipe Contest


3 eggs
2 cups half-and-half or light cream
2 cups mashed potatoes (whipped smooth with no lumps)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Irish whiskey, brandy, or sherry (optional)
1 unbaked 10-inch deep-dish pie shell with high fluted edge
Freshly grated nutmeg
Toasted slivered almonds


Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs slightly. Stir in the half-and-half or cream, potatoes, sugar, vanilla, salt, and liquor (if using). Beat well until smooth. Cover the fluted edge of the pie shell with aluminum foil to prevent overbrowning. Pour the filling into the shell and sprinkle with nutmeg. Place on the center rack of the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 to 18 minutes more, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle the almonds around the outer edge and dust with additional nutmeg. Serve at room temperature; store in the refrigerator.

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8 to 10 servings

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I have been looking for this

I have been looking for this recipe for years. . . my sainted mother used to make it but never gave me the recipe. . . thank you!

Can't wait to try this.

Can't wait to try this. Sounds incredible. I love old favorites from the Eire. Thanks.
By the way, the famine was from 1845 to 1852. Just a note.

The Potato Blight came from

The Potato Blight came from North America. Ireland was hit hard 1845-1854. It had lasting effects.
England was exporting much of the peasant, farmers crops. Many where hungray. This includes the meat they produced.

Dessert pie

Dessert pie

North America had the blight

North America had the blight starting in 1843. There not really sure were the blight came that hit Europe, but thought to have been imported from South America in guano( fertiliser)

I am looking for an Irish

I am looking for an Irish potato pie recipe that my mother often made. She did not boil and mash the potatoes, she sliced them into pie shell raw, as in an apple pie. I tried using apple pie spices, and pie had similar taste,but not as good as my mom's. I have searched everywhere for this recipe to no avail.Please help if you can!