Irish food is often, mistakenly, thought to consist of nothing more than potatoes and mutton. This is not the case! The food and cooking of Ireland are steeped in history and heritage and Irish food draws on the wealth of ingredients available from the sea, the land, the moors, and pasturelands. Home and family play an important part in Irish food and cooking with the kitchen still the heart of every home with Irish hospitality and their love of celebrating renowned throughout the world.
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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 light appetizer or starter, or for the main course with boiled new potatoes.
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Irish flour is very soft and is difficult for baking yeast-leavened bread, hence the development of 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.
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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.
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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 leftovers. This Irish Champ Recipe shows just how easy it is to make from scratch.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Ireland's national dish is Irish stew. A traditional Irish stew recipe was always made with mutton, but more often nowadays, is made with lamb. 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.
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Beef and Guinness Pie brings together two of Ireland's most famous products, beef, and Guinness in a hale and hearty pie. The long and 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.
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Brack is one of Ireland's most famous bakery products. The name comes from breac which means speckled, referring to the fruit in the loaf. Brack is traditionally eaten at Halloween but is simply too delicious to save for just once a year. Eat it at tea time or as part of your St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
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Homemade Irish scones for afternoon tea, sweet or savory are made quickly and easily as in this Irish scones recipe and delicious hot or cold. 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.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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A Bread and Butter pudding recipe is one of the easiest puddings to make. It is a great way to use up leftover white bread or you can ring the changes by using brown bread, brioche or even stale croissants. The method is the same whichever bread you use. 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.
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Cupcakes are always delicious but add some Baileys Irish Cream liqueur and a cupcake transforms into a real grown-up treat. Bailey's Irish Cream is a rich, cream liqueur which makes not only a great drink but a lovely flavoring in cakes and baking.