Bring the hearty tradition to your home by preparing authentic stews, corned beef, pies, cakes and more comforting Irish foods! Potatoes are, of course, a must any time of the year! Irish food is simple, comforting, and perfect for family cooking.
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#1 Irish Stew
This liquid Irish food is a combination of meat and veggies native to Ireland. In the past, mutton meat was favored because it is fattier and more flavorful and the dish was cooked in a cauldron, a large metal pot with a lid and handle, used for cooking over an open fire. Today, lamb and beef are usually used, as well as kid goat, slowly cooked for hours until tender. As far as vegetables are concerned, potatoes & onions are a must, sometimes complemented with carrots. Herbs like parsley, thyme & bay leaves are also added for extra flavor.
The term ‘boxty’ can refer to potato pancakes, dumplings, and bread. It originates from the Irish phrase ‘arán bocht tí’, which means “poor-house bread”. The most popular version of this Irish food is made with finely grated raw potato combined with mashed potato, flour, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, and sometimes egg. The mixture is fried in a pan on each side, just like a standard pancake. However, traditional alternatives include using only raw potatoes, boiling it as a dumpling or baking it as a loaf in the oven. Whichever version you decide to make, you can serve it with almost anything you like – ham, bacon, eggs, tzatziki or crème fraîche.
Potatoes were introduced to the Emerald Island from the New World in the 16th century. Back then, they were a cheap and plentiful source that transformed the Irish diet, especially among poor people. Potatoes are still a staple Irish food which appears in a number of varieties – Colcannon is one of them, a classic, cozy potato mash with cabbage or kale, onions, garlic, and butter or cream.
#4 Soda Bread
Soda bread is a variety of quick bread traditionally made with baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast, added to a mixture of flour, buttermilk, and salt. The lactic acid in the reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide and make the bread soft & fluffy. In Ireland, the flour is typically made from soft wheat which has lower levels. Also, in some recipes, the buttermilk is replaced with yogurt. Every family on the Emerald Island has its own recipe for soda bread. Some like it sweet and add egg, butter, nuts, raisins, or other dried fruits.
Others prefer it savory and add seeds or oats for extra healthiness, or even Guinness beer for extra fluffiness!
#5 Cottage Pie
The recipe for Cottage Pie has been around since the 1700’s and was first created with the intention to use up Sunday roast leftover beef combined with the new crop brought from the New World, potatoes. Its name originated from the category of people who used to make this practical and cheap dish most frequently – the poor farmers who lived in cottages.
Cottage Pie is pretty much Shepherd’s Pie only made with beef instead of lamb or mutton, cooked in a gravy with onions and vegetables like carrots, peas, or celery and topped with mashed potato. More modern versions also call for a grated cheese on top of the mashed potato topping.
Not many of us know that this traditional St. Patrick’s Day Irish food is rarely eaten in Ireland. In fact, some people are unsure whether it’s actually Irish at all. Corned beef is considered more of a New World dish favored by Irish Americans. Nevertheless, the dish is delicious and deserves to find its way to your table, at least for St. Paddy’s Day!
Bangers are actually sausages made of pork and veal, often seasoned with ginger or caraway. Bangers and mash, also known as sausages and mash, is a traditional dish of the British Isles, including Ireland. The dish is especially popular as a pub grub, which suggests that it is very quick and easy to make.
This Irish food is sometimes served with fried onions, onion gravy, or peas. For a vegetarian mashed potato casserole, omit the bratwurst and add a cup of cooked peas and a cup of cooked carrots to the skillet.
Chocolate layers and spread with fluffy Irish cream filling plus tangy apricot jam and almond brittle tops for a crunchy finish. This beautiful cake is just one example of the plethora of sweet Irish foods made with Irish cream. You can also add it to brownies, pies, ice cream, cheesecake, and more!
Irish cream is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, cream, and other ingredients such as coffee. It typically has 15 to 20% alcohol by volume but as far as these desserts are concerned, feel free to serve them to your little ones. Most recipes call for an addition of up to a ¼ cup of Irish cream which is not much when distributed throughout the mixture. Besides, most of the alcohol content evaporates during cooking!
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#9 Irish Coffee
Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, topped with thick cream. The original recipe calls for non-whipped cream, although there are varieties made with whipped cream as well.
Irish cream can also be added as an alcoholic substitute for milk or cream and sugar in hot coffee, with or without whipped cream on top.
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