Oyster are now farmed throughout Ireland. They are delicious fresh from the sea, or as here in this super-quick, Warmed Oysters with Chive Sauce recipe. Great as a starter dish for a summer supper, or serve as a canape.
Ireland is famous for its salmon and in particular, smoked salmon. What could be an easier or more delicious starter than a plate of Irish smoked salmon and creamy dill sauce. Smoked salmon and dill sauce can be served as a lighter appetizer or starter, or for a main course with boiled new potatoes.
Irish flour is very soft and is difficult for baking yeast-leavened breads, hence the development of a bread using baking soda as in this Irish Soda Bread Recipe.
Soda bread would traditionally be baked on a hot cast-iron griddle over an open peat fire. The griddled soda bread would be cooked into a round with an indentation marking the quarters; each quarter when broken off, hot and warm is called a farl.
Today, the bread is baked in the oven with consistent results; a light hand is still important though.
Colcannon is a favorite Irish recipe and a particular St Patrick's Day favorite. As you can see from this Colcannon recipe, it is quick, easy and simple to make.
Colcannon was traditionally used for predicting marriage on Halloween. Charms were hidden in the Colcannon and any unmarried girl who found on would place socks with spoonfuls of Colcannon and the charms on their front door handle. The first man to enter the house was their intended.
The Irish love potatoes and there are numerous recipes using them. Champ, like Colcannon, is another way of using potatoes either from fresh or as a way to use up left over ones. This Irish Champ Recipe shows just how easy it is to make from scratch.
Controversy reigns over whether vegetables other than potatoes should be added; adding onions, leeks and carrots not only adds extra flavor but also nutrition to the stew. The choice is yours.
Beef and Guinness Pie brings together two of Ireland's most famous products, beef and Guinness in a hale and hearty pie. The long-slow cooking of the filling creates not just perfectly tender beef, it also allows the flavor of the Guinness to permeate the meat and the vegetables and produce a thick, luscious sauce.
Beef and Guinness Pie Recipe
Brack is traditionally eaten at Halloween but is too delicious to save for just once a year. Eat it at tea time, or as part of your St Patrick's Day celebrations.
Barm Brack Recipe
Use baking powder or a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar as your raising agent. You can use self rising (raising) flour but will achieve a better rise with plain flour and a raising agent.
The lovely addition of a cream Irish liqueur makes this Bread and Butter Pudding extra special and a perfect pudding for not only St Patrick's Day, but any day of the year.