Eat Irish This St. Patrick's Day!

My mom’s side of the family is Irish, and very proud of that fact. I thought my grandparents made Irish food more when I was younger, because I have vivid memories of parsley dumplings afloat in Irish stew and seeing it come back up later that night.

Needless to say, I didn’t think myself to be much of a fan of Irish food. I wanted to prove myself wrong so decided to do a post for St. Patrick’s Day on Irish food.

I’m pleased to say that I did prove myself wrong. The Irish can cook! I also learned that so much of the food my grandparents still cook, and food that I cook on a regular basis is rooted in Irish cuisine. Think hearty stews, soups, and roasted fish.

I’ve listed 6 of my favorite Irish foods that I know I’m going to try making on my own and hope you will too.

  • Blaa
    Blaa is basically a dinner roll, traditionally smeared with butter. It was difficult to find a recipe for it, perhaps due to the fact that it was recently granted Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) status by the European Commission, meaning it cannot be reproduced outside of Ireland, specifically, Waterford.
  • Champ
    Champ is a marriage of mashed potatoes and spring onions with generous amounts of butter and milk added to the mix.
  • Roasted salmon
    A lot of fish is eaten in Ireland, given that it is an island. I eat a lot of salmon and trout with my grandparents, cooked very simply in the oven with butter and light seasoning.
  • Beef hand pies
    I wouldn’t really say this is traditional Irish food (not that I’m an authority on the subject AT ALL), but I like that it’s similar to meat pie, that my family regularly eats, without being…meat pie.
  • Shepherd’s pie
    Whether you agree with me or not, I just don’t believe you can go wrong with a combination of mashed potatoes, corns/peas, and ground beef. Then again, I’d eat almost anything.
  • Stew
    I love a good stew. The ingredients are so basic but so rich and flavorful after being simmered in the slowcooker for a while.

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year?

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