In the US, a celebration of Irish culture and history is one of the most beloved holidays. Some of the major reasons it is so popular is because of the wealth of food and drinks that make for such a great celebration.
St Patrick’s Day is an official Christian feast day celebrating the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It commemorates Saint Patrick as well as the heritage and culture of the Irish, so there’s no better way to celebrate here in the US than include some traditional Irish recipes and of course, plenty of fun.
Irish Soda Bread
This tasty bread is simple to create, delicious and best if made the day of serving for a traditional appetizer or snack.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup margarine softened
- 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in one cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes. Let the bread slightly cool and set, then serve it up to enjoy!
Irish Chicken and Leek Pie
Take a stab at making this creamy, flaky treat. Enjoyable both warm and cold, this pie can be a delicious savory option for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
- 1 pastry for a 9 inch single serving crust pie
- 1 (4lb) whole chicken deboned, and cut into bite sized pieces
- 4 slices cooked ham
- 4 leeks, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pinch ground mace
- 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish, layer the chicken, ham, leeks and onion a couple of times each until the dish is full. Season each layer with a little salt, pepper and mace. Pour the chicken stock over the layers, and dampen the edges of the dish.
Roll the pie pastry out large enough to cover the top of the dish, and place over the top. Crimp the sides down with a fork, and trim the excess from the edges. Cut a round hole in the center of the pastry. Roll dough scraps out and cut into strips. Use the strips to form a design, and place lightly over the hole. Brush the entire top with milk.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. If the top crust is getting too brown, cover it with parchment or aluminum foil. While the pie is baking, heat the cream over low heat. When the pie is cooked, remove from the oven, and carefully remove the design from the hole. Pour the cream into the hole, and replace the design. Let stand for a few minutes before serving, then cut a slice and enjoy each bite of this delectable dish.
Irish Potato Candy
These candies look a lot like potatoes, but it’s really a much sweeter treat in disguise. Taking only 20 to 30 minutes to prepare, this is a great addition to your celebration plans.
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1/2 (8 oz) package of cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Using your hands if necessary, mix in the coconut. Roll into balls or potato shapes, and roll in the cinnamon. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set. If desired, roll potatoes in cinnamon again for darker color. When the time comes to serve these treats up, enjoy the cheerfully surprised faces as everyone bites in to this masked, sweet delight!
With these three recipes for tasty traditional Irish treats, you should have a great start to an excellent celebration on March 17; now you just have to select the beverages. Have a fun, responsible and happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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