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piece of ham and cabbage pie with forks

Irish Ham and Cabbage Pie

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


Put a delicious twist on a traditional Irish dish by swapping the bacon for ham and baking it in the oven with puff pastry on top.  This easy dinner recipe is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party.  Ham and cabbage pie is a classic comfort food everyone will love!



For the Meat & Veggies

  • 1 medium head of green cabbage (2 pound 8 ounces; 1.13 kg)
  • 2 1/2 cups smoked ham, chopped (340g)
  • 3 cups yellow onions, chopped (1 1/2 large onions; 360g)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (28g)

For the Gravy

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons salted butter (50g)
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour (40g)
  • scant 1/2 cup whole milk (100 ml)
  • scant 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock (350 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage

For the Pastry


Making the Filling (1 hour)

  1. Remove the stem and outer leaves from the cabbage, cut in wedges, then chop in bite-sized pieces.  Rinse in a colander, then place in a large Dutch oven and add 3 inches of water.  Cover and bring to a boil, then let the cabbage simmer, covered, until crisp-tender, about 8-10 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Cut the ham into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  3. Chop the onions and mince the garlic, then saute with the 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet until golden brown.  Spoon into a bowl and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, melt 3 1/2 tablespoons of butter and whisk in the flour.  Cook over medium heat for a couple minutes, whisking constantly.
  5. Whisk in the milk, then the chicken stock.  Keep stirring until the gravy has thickened, then season with salt, pepper, dried thyme, and sage.
  6. Stir the sauteed onion mixture and chopped ham into the gravy and heat through.  Spoon the gravy into a large bowl and stir in the cabbage until it's well mixed.  Let the filling cool before you put the pastry on top.

Assembling the Pie (15 minutes + 35 minutes baking)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Spread the filling evenly in a 6-cup (1.4 liter) capacity pie dish.
  3. Roll out the chilled rough puff pastry and cut out a lid to fit on top of the pie.  Use the remaining pastry to cut strips of pastry to go around the lid of the pie plate.
  4. Brush the lip of the pie plate with beaten egg and stick on the strips of pastry.  Brush the pastry with more beaten egg, then stick on the lid, pressing the edges firmly to seal.  Brush the whole pie with beaten egg and decorate with any scraps of pastry.  Cut a few vent holes to allow the steam to escape.
  5. Bake at 400 F for about 35 minutes, until the pastry is a rich golden brown.  Cover any areas of the pastry that are darkening too quickly with aluminum foil.
  6. Let the pie cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before serving.


  • Adjust the seasonings to taste.
  • Whisk the gravy well as you're making it, or it will be lumpy.
  • Don't skip the egg wash.  This is what makes the pastry golden as it bakes.
  • Let the pie cool before serving to allow the filling to thicken.
  • Leftovers will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge if they're tightly covered.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Irish

Keywords: Irish, cabbage, recipe