10 Deliciously Simple Irish Recipes
Corned beef and Irish stew are among the most popular recipes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. However, not everyone has the time or patience to cook an elaborate stew or a traditional corned beef dinner, especially on a weeknight.
The good news is there are plenty of ways to have a taste of Ireland without any of the fuss. Here are quick and easy Irish recipes that are all ready in under an hour. It will probably come as no surprise that six out of the 10 recipes require potatoes.
Zippy Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd's pie is traditionally made with ground lamb, and cottage pie is made with ground beef. Both were originally devised to use up leftover roast meat from a Sunday dinner. This recipe is particularly easy and fast to make.
Fabulous Fried Cabbage
"My mother used to make this and sprinkle red wine vinegar on with lots of salt and pepper," Karen Coyne Downes says.
Cheesy Potato Cakes
Boxty is an Irish fried potato cake, made with grated raw potatoes, flour, and sometimes cheese. It's best served hot and crispy, straight off the pan.
Yes, it is a breakfast recipe, but the Irish fry can be eaten at any time of the day. Indeed, it is often enjoyed at super or "tea-time," which is usually around 6 p.m. An Irish fry is best enjoyed with a large pot of black tea.
These potato scones are often served with an Irish fry and are called potato farls in Ireland.
In Ireland, colcannon was mainly served at Halloween, but nowadays it is eaten throughout the year. The secret to this dish is plenty of real Irish salty butter. This potato dish can be made into a meal by adding some cooked bacon on the side. Try this easy, mess-free way to cook a big batch of bacon.
Irish Soda Bread
You won't believe how simple it is to make a soda bread until you try it. Unlike most bread, soda bread doesn't require lengthy proofing, kneading, or any special skill. This recipe is ready in less than an hour.
Irish Bacon and Cabbage Soup
If you are craving something with the flavor of bacon and cabbage without too much effort, this soup is for you. A few slices of salty pancetta adds a great depth of flavor.
"Looks similar to colcannon, but champ is native to the North of Ireland. It's made by blending scallions or green onions with creamy mashed potatoes," recipe contributor Ita says. "Great on its own, served steaming hot with extra butter which will melt through it. But it's also the perfect side dish for good quality sausages."
"I made this tonight for my Irish wife. It turned out wonderful," Tommy Jordan says. "The recipe doesn't specify, but I used yellow sweet onions rather than white and I was very pleased with the sweet caramelized results. My wife is hard to please because she's such a great cook herself, and she loved it."