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!