Overnight Irish Oatmeal with Cranberries and Figs: Imagine waking up to the sweet smell of warm oatmeal, cranberries and figs filling your kitchen! Just pile everything in the slow cooker before going to bed, set on low and live the dream when you awake.
Potato Soup: Everyone’s heard of the Irish potato famine. A blight on potato crops that killed 1-2 million people between 1845-1852, leading another million people to flee the country. Thus began the Irish immigration to the USA. That’s the end of the history lesson, but isn’t it interesting how the recipes we cook are influenced by history? Just sayin’.
Leg of Lamb with Garlic, Lemon and Rosemary: This recipe is more Irish ‘inspired’ than authentic. Cooking a leg of lamb in the slow cooker is genius because it is so slow and gentle, the meat falls off the bone. Make sure to measure your slow cooker before buying the leg of lamb, you may need to ask the butcher to trim down the bone for it to fit.
Salmon Chowder with Dill: Another ‘inspired’ Irish dish. Omega-3 rich salmon, veggies and a smidgen of heavy cream make this a silky, savory chowder. Sprinkling chopped chives and fresh dill at the end makes it as beautiful as it is tasty.
Dublin Coddle: Named because this comforting stew (made up of potatoes, bacon and sausages) is ‘coddled’ as it gently cooks. The lore behind the Dublin Coddle is that it was a dish that wives prepared and kept warm on the stove for their men to eat when they got home from the pub (and she was fast asleep).
Guinness Beef Stew: Ask anyone who’s been to Dublin and they will tell you that Guinness beer tastes better there than anywhere else in the world. Slowly simmering savory beef with this stout creates a rich, authentically Irish stew that will warm the whole family.
Corned Beef and Cabbage with Dijon Stout Gravy: Corned beef and cabbage is the most popular recipe to cook (in America) in St. Patrick’s Day with good reason: It is hands down delicious! Tender, salty beef simmered with soft cabbage. The Dijon stout gravy isn’t authentic, but it utterly slurp able.
Irish Lamb Stew: Traditional Irish lamb stew contains just lamb, potatoes and onions, simmered in water. This recipe calls for turnips, carrots, celery, even red wine, which is okay because the result is fabulous (and super easy).
Irish Bean and Cabbage Stew: The Emerald Isle has seen it’s share of economic highs and lows. This stew was most likely invented during times of want because of the economical ingredients used. The flavor, however is in no way lacking— it is super yummy (and vegan to boot).