It’s March! We all know what that means.
No matter where you may have grown up, odds are you know that when March hits, the majority of the country is anticipating St. Patrick’s Day. We see the endless seas of green, the parades, the celebrations and people across the entire country coming together to celebrate these people and their culture.
Yes, I am a person who very much so enjoys this time of the year and have plenty of Irish friends that I celebrate the day with. However, one of the things that always caught my attention most about St. Patrick’s Day was the food. I am a huge fan of potatoes and the Irish know how to use the potato for so many different dishes, it’s astonishing. My friends always have the best appetizers and entrees during these festivities, and I can never get enough of them.
So, what Irish-inspired dishes have I had?
If I named all of them, I’d have enough to make a book. Instead, I’ll just keep it to my two all-time favorites: Shepherd’s Pie and Cheesy Irish Potato Pancakes:
Let’s get those ingredients:
For those potatoes:
- 1 ½ lb. of peeled potatoes.
- Salt and pepper.
- 4 tbsp. of melted butter.
- ¼ cup of milk.
- ¼ cup of sour cream
- Large pot
For the beef mixture
- 1 tbsp. of extra-virgin oil.
- 2 peeled and chopped carrots.
- 1 large chopped onion.
- 2 minced garlic cloves.
- 1 tsp. of thyme.
- 1 ½ lb. of ground beef.
- 1 cup of frozen peas.
- 1 cup of frozen corn.
- 2 tbsp. of all-purpose flour.
- 2/3 cup of low-sodium chicken broth.
- 1 tbsp. of chopped parsley for garnish [optional].
- First, we’re going to preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then, to the mashing of the potatoes! In a large pot, cover the potatoes with water and add a generous pinch of salt. Let this come to a boil and cook until all the potatoes are soft—this should take about 18 minutes. Drain this and leave the potatoes in the pot.
- Now, we are going back to the tatoes and mashing them, until they’re nice and smooth. Then, add the melted butter, milk and sour cream. Mash everything together until it is all nicely mixed—season with salt and pepper.
- Next, we’re moving on to the beef. Heat your oil in a large-ovenproof skillet. Throw in the onions, carrots and thyme—cook all these for about 5 minutes. Now, throw in the beef and cook thoroughly—about 5 minutes. Make sure to drain that fat!
- Now, you’re going to stir in the peas and corn for about 3 minutes; accompany with salt and pepper.
- Then, sprinkle the meat with the flour and stir everything together. Cook for about another minute then add in the broth. Let this concoction come to a simmer and thicken—this’ll take about 5 minutes.
- Now, top this beef mixture with an even layer of the mashed potatoes and bake this beauty for about 20 minutes—just it’s all lovely and golden.
- Add the optional parsley and enjoy.
And who doesn’t love pancakes?
It’s ingredient time:
- 2 medium potatoes, mashed.
- 2 medium raw, grated potatoes.
- 1 cup of flour.
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
- ¼ cup of milk.
- 2 tbsp. of chives.
- ½ tsp. sea salt.
- ¼ tsp. of black pepper.
- Eggs—optional, however you like.
Medium bowl for mixing and large spoon.
Skillet or pan.
- First, take all—yes all—of the ingredients, except the eggs, in a medium mixing bowl. Stir everything until well combined.
- Prepare your griddle of skillet by heating it up, adding oil and letting that get hot.
- Pour that potato batter in the skillet or on the griddle into those lovely circles. Let it get golden, flip, and repeat.
- Eggs—optional, cook how you like, throw em on top,
The Irish have crafted so many amazing recipes, unfortunately I couldn’t name 50 more. However, that shouldn’t stop you from exploring! Please, share your dedicated-to-St. Patrick’s Day creations and let us all eat well for this holiday.