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St. Patrick’s Day: Favorite Irish foods

Tasty Irish Corned Beef
Tasty Irish Corned Beef
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St. Patrick’s Day is a time to enjoy Ireland and the people of that beautiful country even if you are an American.

The Irish have many great foods and drinks that have become more common in the U.S. Below are three such Irish recipes:

The stew is a hearty stew with root vegetables and tender beef chunks. This recipe can be cooked in a crock pot or in a Dutch oven.

Corned beef & cabbage is a tasty dish which provides protein and fiber, great served with mashed potatoes

Irish Soda Bread is a crusty bread that goes great with any Irish food dish or with most any food.

Another Irish dish is Boxty, which is a potato pancake.

Boxty

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. potatoes (peeled)
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 T. butter (sliced)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Chop half of the potatoes into chunks, place in a saucepan, add a generous amount of salt and cover with cold water to about 1 inch above potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to low-medium. Simmer potatoes until fork tender, about 6-8 minutes

While potatoes are cooking, grate the remaining raw potatoes, toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt and place in a mesh strainer set over a mixing bowl.

After the boiled potatoes are cooked and drain, return them to the pan, add 1/3 cup of the milk; mash until potatoes are creamy and smooth.

Using a spatula press the grated potatoes against the inside of the mesh strainer to remove liquid. Add grated potatoes to the mashed potatoes. In a large mixing bowl add egg, remaining milk, flour, black pepper and remaining salt. Whisk until smooth. Add potatoes and stir until thoroughly mixed together.

Using a large skillet place over medium heat, add enough butter to coat the bottom of the skillet. Drop about three 1/4 cup size amounts of potatoes in hot skillet, spreading potatoes to about 1/4 inch thick. Cook until the pancakes are golden brown on one side, then flip over and continue frying until golden brown and done. Repeat process adding more butter until all potatoes are cooked.

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