Category Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Lamb Chop Stew

8 small lamb chops
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
parsley, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary
1 lb. potatoes (3 to 4 medium)
2 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large leek, sliced thin
12 small white onions
1-1/2 C. diced celery
1-1/2 C. peas
fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in saucepan wide enough to hold all chops in a single layer. Brown on both sides. Spoon off any melted fat and add enough water to cover chops. Bring to a boil and add parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, thyme and rosemary enclosed in cheesecloth. Lower heat and simmer. Meanwhile, peel potatoes and shape into bite sized rounds. Chop trimmings from potatoes into small pieces. Add potatoes, trimmings, cabbage, onion, well-rinsed leek, white onions and celery to chops and liquid. Simmer 20 minutes then add peas. Add a little more water if needed during cooking. Simmer 10 minutes more or until potatoes are tender. Add more seasoning, if needed. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Irish Potato Casserole

8 medium Irish or white potatoes, thinly sliced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 onion, sliced
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 1/2 cups milk

Place half of potatoes in lightly greased 12×8 inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; add half the sliced onions. Combine soup and milk; pour over onion and potatoes. Top with remaining onion and potatoes; cover with remaining soup mixture. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave at high temperature for 20-25 minutes. Rotate dish 1/2 turn after 10 minutes. Let stand, covered, 3-5 minutes.

Irish Soda Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons margarine, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cast iron skillet.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and sugar. Toss the raisins with the flour mixture until coated. Add the egg, buttermilk, and melted margarine. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for a few quick turns just to even out the dough. Handle the dough as little as possible. Pat into a flat circle, and place into the prepared pan.

Bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden.

Irish Cream Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 egg
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg yolk until combined, then beat in egg until smooth. Pour in Irish cream, and beat until mixed.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir into butter mixture until evenly mixed. Form into a flattened ball, wrap well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured work surface. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters and place onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown around the edges, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack until they reach room temperature.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

1 corned beef brisket, about 4 lbs.*
18-20 whole cloves
1 tsp. whole yellow mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
1/2 tsp. whole coriander
3 lbs. small potatoes, peeled
2 1/2 lbs. carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 medium head cabbage

Place corned beef in large stockpot. Sprinkle spices over meat, then add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 3 hours. Drain.

About 40 minutes before beef is finished, boil a large pot of water and cook potatoes and carrots. Add cabbage about 10 minutes before you’re ready to serve as it doesn’t need to cook long. Drain vegetables. Arrange meat and vegetables on a platter and serve with your favorite mustards.

*You can buy a brisket that comes with a spice packet. If you do, then you do not need to use the mustard seeds, caraway seeds, peppercorns and coriander in the recipe.

Colcannon

2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 slices bacon
1/2 small head cabbage, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup butter, melted

Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender.

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, saute the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Drain the cooked potatoes, mash with milk and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the bacon, cabbage, and onions, then transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the melted butter. Serve immediately.