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Celebrating Irish Food 
Mar. 13, 2012 9:07 pm 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2012 8:44 pm

This month, I tried six different recipes from the United Kingdom & Ireland Allrecipes site in recognition of St. Patrick's Day.  Since the holiday isn't for a few more days, perhaps you can find something you'd like to try too.

The first recipe I made was Bacon and Leek Potato Soup. It was good but not my favorite potato soup.  The potatoes were blended into a smooth puree; personally, I prefer a chunkier soup. But I did experience a new food - leeks.

I made another recipe which we Americans call a Coke Float, but those in the UK and Ireland call it a  Mock Guinness. The submitter said she serves it to her cub pack on St. Patrick's Day.  Sure enough, it's brown and makes a head.

My next recipe is a very good bread, Honey and Rosemary Soda Bread. I loved it, but my husband didn't.  It was too sweet for him. I did have a little difficulty making it.  I'm not a bread baker, so getting it to the right kneading consistency was a little difficult for me. But it turned out fine in spite of not quite knowing what I was doing. I made two small round loaves instead of the one big one.

Another recipe I made didn't seem Irish at all. It was Mexican Vegtable Dip. It is a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning topped with salsa, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and cheese.  It's a wonderful tasting dip recipe for Tostadoes and Fritos. This is definitely one I will make again. 

Tonight, I made my favorite recipe of all the ones I tried, Beer Braised Stew and Colcannon. It is pure comfort food! Stew meat and carrots in a rich Guinness gravy served atop mashed potatoes and cabbage. Delicious!

I also made Guinness Bread. Again, it is a sweet bread. I don't really care for sweet breads accompanying my dinner entree.  But I'm certain this bread would be delicious for breakfast with a little honey butter spread on it!

My St. Patrick's Day recommendation for you is the Beer Braised Stew and Colcannon. It's on the American site if you don't want to figure out the conversions. Go ahead and try it. You won't regret it! Just be sure to use the regular Guinness.  I saw that a few people used the stout variety and said the broth was bitter.  I didn't find that to be the case at all, and I don't even like beer. Enjoy!

Mar. 14, 2012 6:45 am
Good morning Paula. I made the beer braised beef stew with New Castle ale - it is what I had on hand - mixed reviews here. NB Papa hated it, one grandson loved it and everyone else was middle of the road. Can't win them all.
Mar. 14, 2012 6:51 am
Baking Nana, I loved the Beer Braised Stew, but my husband can't eat a food and judge it on its own merit :) He has to compare it to other foods and other stews. Baked Beef Stew is his all-time favorite, so he doesn't care if he ever eats the Irish dish again. My son told me he liked it, but beef stew is something he doesn't care if he ever eats again. My daughter-in-law said it was good and gave it 4 stars.
Mar. 14, 2012 7:09 am
Zero, Paula. I will only make the bread----if I can buy only one bottle of Guinness.
Mar. 14, 2012 7:28 am
Marianne, I couldn't find just one can of Guinness at the grocery stores. I ended up buying a 4 pack for over $7.00! I used 2 cans in the bread and the stew. So I guess I need to find 2 more recipes for the other cans of beer!
Mar. 14, 2012 8:16 am
Hi Paula, my mom used to pour beer over her chuck roast. The meat was so tender. The soup and the soda bread look so good. Great Blog Paula.
Mar. 14, 2012 8:22 am
Hey, Lela, thanks for the great idea to use up another of those cans of beer. That would be easy, too, if I put it in the slow cooker.
Mar. 14, 2012 9:53 am
I loved your blog paula! I wanna try both of the breads... will fit the bill for the ambassador program! Also, I like to add beer to my chili instead of any other liquid. Maybe that could work for you!
Mar. 14, 2012 10:46 am
I tried Colcannon for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it was so good. Am having an Irish themed tea party this Sunday, so I'll have to add some of those recipes to my list of suggestions for people to try.
Mar. 14, 2012 11:49 am
arich01, I hadn't thought about beer in chili. Good idea.
Mar. 14, 2012 11:50 am
Amanda, you know I love tea parties! Please be sure to post all about your tea party. I'd love to read about it!
Mar. 14, 2012 4:33 pm
Thanks for sharing Paula. My brain is mush so I wish I could say more. I think it's the unseasonable heat.
Mar. 14, 2012 4:38 pm
Nigella Lawson, Barrington Pub, a new cupcake recipe on this site and several others all claim this is their recipe. I don't know or care but this is an excellent chocolate cake that uses stout. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/chocolate-stout-cake-recipe
Mar. 14, 2012 4:41 pm
I sad to say that even with my wedding anniversary on saturday I haven't made as much as I usely do. I've been putting in a new den floor and I'm just not up to it this year. Your pictures are wonderful.
Mar. 14, 2012 4:49 pm
I have never cooked with leeks, I shall give it a try soon. My father was Irish and loved a good stew, it was meat and potatoes and tea for supper. Thanks for the blog.
Mar. 14, 2012 4:51 pm
The high today was 85, Allie. Waaay too high for March!
Mar. 14, 2012 4:53 pm
Marie, thanks for that link. I'll check it out. I saw a chocolate cake and frosting on this site that both use guinness and had wondered about it.
Mar. 14, 2012 4:58 pm
Thanks, Robograndma. Hope your anniversary Saturday is special.
Mar. 14, 2012 4:59 pm
Margiejo, I liked the soup with the leeks. I have another one in the frig, so I need to find another recipe to use it in.
Mar. 14, 2012 5:13 pm
I guess I hadn't realized that there is an Irish AR! This is a nice blog!
Mar. 14, 2012 5:51 pm
Sueb, scroll down to the very bottom of this page. You will see Argentina / Austria & New Zealand / Brazil / Canada / and many more! Those sites are fun to look at!
Mar. 15, 2012 7:21 am
I was already contemplating making the Beer Braised Stew and Colcannon for St Pat's (we love Irish stew), and this blog may have just convinced me. I think we will love it. I made the Guinness bread a few weeks ago for the first time, and we loved it...though not with a meal. It makes a great breakfast bread spread with a little butter, though! And I am also going to make the Chocolate Stout cake...saved that recipe on KAF a few weeks ago! Great blog, and Happy St Patrick's Day!
Mar. 15, 2012 7:32 am
Wisweetp, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the stew and colcannon. Please be sure to let me know about the Chocolate Stout cake! I'm especially curious about the taste of the frosting.
Mar. 15, 2012 12:52 pm
Loved all the reciepes' and am definatley am making the stew,the bread, potatoe casserole and the cake made with beer. For a pot-luck St.Paddy's day-birthday party. Thanks for all your advice. Happy St. Patricks Day Paula!
Mar. 16, 2012 9:56 am
Nice blog, Paula. I also made the beer braised stew and colcannon and the Guiness bread. We all loved the stew. Of course, we are fans of comfort food. The bread was delicious too, but even better with a spot of honey on it. I could taste the beer in the bread and wasn't so sure about that, but the honey made it delicious. I made a bacon/potato soup that was wonderful also. Super easy too. You might like this one better because the potatoes are just cut up. http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/5156/irish-bacon-and-cabbage-soup.aspx
Mar. 16, 2012 11:23 am
You're right, MN Nice, that does look better even though it's not what I would call potato soup. But I like cabbage, so I'm sure I would like it. Thanks for recommending it.
Mar. 16, 2012 4:12 pm
I am so happy your stew came out so nice. Beef stew is one of my husbands fav meals. First time in 41 years of marriage that he took about two bites (of the Guinness stew and colcannon) and it went down the disposal with an apology. I promised him my old stew recipe soon to make up for it:) He was irritated that I used his favorite beer for a throwaway recipe. He did like the Guinness bread though.
Mar. 16, 2012 9:05 pm
Hi Paula, nice blog and photos. The soup looks so good. But, I'm with you. I would have to put some chunks of potato in it. My hubs make the BEST Irish Soda bread on the planet. Old family recipe he whips up from memory. And, Irish Stew? Meat and meat with potaotes! LOL!!!!
Mar. 16, 2012 9:06 pm
BTW, we love Colcanon. There's a recipe from this site that's delicious. It's called Yuppie Kolcanon. Give that one try. And, if you do, make it exactly as written. It's very good!
Mar. 16, 2012 9:49 pm
Great blog Paula, enjoyed reading it! I still have a few UK recipes to try myself! Happy St Patrick's Day!
Mar. 17, 2012 4:53 am
and its a good mornan to you. you guessed it its St. patricks day. So I got up really early and put on my corn beef in my slow cooker that way I can do my sewing and other things this morning before the grandson gets up, to have his green pancakes with chocolate chips I will wear my green velvet hat and an apron that I just made for this occasion it has four leaf clovers on it I wore it to the community lunchion yesterday and made the seniors happy the had a great time.
Mar. 17, 2012 3:11 pm
I actually have a question not a comment. How many pounds of potatoes do you need to cook to get 4 cups of mashed? thanks for any help, Pat
Mar. 18, 2012 2:30 pm
Pattikakes, I googled your question and found out that a pound of potatoes = 2 cups mashed. So...2 pounds = 4 cups mashed.
Mar. 18, 2012 5:06 pm
Fun blog to read, Paula. Thanks!
Mar. 19, 2012 10:35 am
Potatoes done any way are good to go with me :) I know corned beef isn't truly Irish but my husband hales from a long line of Irish and I made the corned beef from scratch for our St. Paddy's dinner. Your breads sounded like something he and the DS would really like though!
Mar. 19, 2012 2:42 pm
Paula, nice blog and beautiful pictures. I love your idea of going to their allrecipes site to get recipes. Thanks for sharing.
Mar. 19, 2012 4:56 pm
Here's another idea for using up beer you purchased for a recipe. I personally make a bread from beer called beer bread. 12 oz beer, 3 cups self rising flour, 3 Tbsp sugar. mix,pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 deg 45 minutes or until it thumps hollowly. great for a snack with jam or for sopping up soups or stews at supper.
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