Irish Potato Pie

Irish Potato Pie
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


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
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, 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.


8 to 10 servings


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Irish Potato Pie

My Great Grandmother used to make this when I was very young. I remember the taste and have never been able to find a recipe that was for sweet Irish Potato Pie. Thank you for sharing!

Irish Potatoe Pie

I made this, and it was delicious. I did find that if you had a slice the first day it wasn't as good as if you waited until the second day. Will do this again.

Potato damper or bun

I will try out this old country recipe with much interest.
It reminded me of my Dad in Tasmania, Australia whose grandparents were part Irish & he used to make a potato bread on top of the stove, I think. He grated the raw potatoes, then put the grated potato in a tea towel & squeezed heaps of potato juice out, until it was quite dry looking. Then he patted it all into a large dinner size fry pan. I'm assuming he put lard or dripping/vegetable oil or butter in pan first. I was only very young & I never thought he would die & be no more - as a child I always thought i'd be able to get this recipe off him. I recall he said he ate it as a child in the early 1920s. He was born in 1915 & grew up in a very different lifestyle to us kids who grew up in the 1960s & 70s, something he just couldn't come to terms with & I wish things weren't so hard for him as he got older. I wish i'd gotten all the old recipes off my Dad & my Mother. But kids are just dumb kids in every generation.
Does anyone know of this recipe & what I'm missing in the recipe please? I'd love to know it's history & know how to cook it again so I can pass it down to my 7yo grandson. Some things should neve go out of fashion!
Cheers from Down Under

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!

In the little house on the

In the little house on the prairie book " The Long Winter" Caroline "Ma" Ingalls made a 'Mock Apple pie' with Green Pumpkin, Apple cider vinegar and baking spices, I'm sure you can do the same with thin sliced potatoes.

The recipe calls for:

4 lbs green unripe pumpkin ( use potatoes)
Brown sugar 1 cup
Ground nutmeg, cloves, Cinnamon- small pinch of each or large pinch of one.
Apple cider Vinegar 1/3 cup
( If you dont have cider vinegar, substitute hard Apple cider)

Pastry for 1 pie crust & top



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!

Sliced green pumpkin or potato pie

I wrote this recipe down, that was originally made with green pumpkin slices & may be substituted with potato. But it didn't say if potato had to be raw, half cooked or fully cooked.
Also it didn't mention the procedure for the preparation of the pie or cooking time.
Does anyone know if potatoes are meant to be raw or sliced thin please?
Any information would be much appreciated as I'm intrigued how our cooks of old could whip up the most amazing desserts with very little ingredients, for instance the yummy bread & butter pudding & now these long lost potato desserts. Any more potato dessert recipes will be greatly sought after from Australia.
I am still hoping to make my way back to visit my own old Country in Ireland & France one day & come to visit the amazing USA where the Old Farmers Almanac comes from. What an amazing legacy this wealth of information has been for people for many decades. I was so surprised when I found it was still giving out information to Americans. I have to admit you guys invent the best stuff in the world - thank you for sharing on the net!
Regards from Down Under x