The hubby and I enjoyed our two months in Ireland over the summer of 2016. Such a beautiful green country with some of the best tasting milk and butter that I’ve had anywhere thanks to the year around grass supply.
It’s easy to think Irish food is all green beer, potatoes and corned beef, since that’s what we’re exposed to here in the US. But Irish food is all about lots of fresh seafood, lamb, sausage and lots of fresh veggies and herbs with plenty of Guinness and hard cider to wash it all down.
And just in case you didn’t know, corned beef is an American thing so this St. Patrick’s Day, when you’re celebrating Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, forget the corned beef and cabbage and try one of these 13 Irish recipes instead.
1. Authentic Irish Brown Bread
The Irish love their Irish Brown Bread and after visiting Ireland, I understand why. The flavor of this stone ground whole wheat bread is just beautiful. Find out for yourself with my Authentic Irish Brown Bread recipe.
2. Roast Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic
Irish sheep feast on lush sweet green grass, producing sweet tender lamb perfect for the Roast Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic recipe from Donal Skehan.
3. Honey and Stout Tart
This Honey and Stout Tart recipe by Richard Corrigan is a perfectly delicious example of how Irish stout works well in sweet Irish desserts.
4. Traditional Irish Potato Farls
Use up your leftover mashed potatoes for these yummy potato cakes using the Traditional Irish Potato Farls recipe from Sauce Pots.
5. Guinness Lamb and Parsnip Cottage Pie
I created this Guinness Lamb and Parsnip Cottage Pie recipe while living in Ireland. I highly recommend using the dark bitter tastes of Guinness with the sweet lamb and parsnips.
6. The Ultimate Irish Beef Stew
The Ultimate Irish Beef Stew recipe from John Relihan is a prime example of the classic Irish beef stew, so popular in Ireland.
7. Molly Malone’s Cockle and Mussel Chowder
The Irish love their mussels as do I. Try out Molly Malone’s Cockle and Mussel Chowder recipe from Rachel Allen for an authentic Irish taste of Ireland.
8. Sautéed Cabbage and Leeks with Pancetta
I had never seen so many types of cabbage until visiting Ireland. This Sautéed Cabbage and Leeks with Pancetta recipe is inspired from all the Irish cabbage recipes I came across while living there.
9. Beef, Stout and Oyster Pie
Every Irish cook has an Irish pie recipe tucked away to see with gravy and mash like this Beef, Stout and Oyster Pie recipe by Regula Ysewijn.
10. Irish Soda Bread
If you’re not eating Irish Brown Bread then give this Irish Soda Bread recipe from PopSugar a try. The Irish love their soda bread with everything. Make it fresh and use immediately.
11. Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley
Donal Skehan’s recipe for Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley isn’t completely authentic as in the old way, but it’s still a tasty Irish recipe by and Irishman.
12. Mammy’s Irish Apple Pie
While the Americans might like to claim the apple pie, the Irish were making it a long time before. Give Irish Central’s recipe for Mammy’s Irish Apple Pie to find out.
13. Mince Pies
The Irish-born and raised Rachel Allen’s recipe for Mince Pies will have you licking your lips and asking for more.