March 17th is a day to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish. This day is symbolized with leprechauns, clovers, and all things green. In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day, below are a few recipes for traditional Irish dishes.
Corned Beef & Cabbage
4 1⁄2 lbs corned beef brisket
2 medium onions, quartered
1 head cabbage, cut in small wedges
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups water
Combine Ingredients in crock pot with cabbage on top. Cut meat to fit if necessary. Cover and cook on LOW for 10-12 hours then HIGH for 6-7 hours or auto for 6-8 hours.
Bangers & Mash
6 plump sausages
4 -6 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
1⁄2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 onions, finely sliced
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1⁄2 glass wine
1⁄2 chicken stock cube, dissolved in 300 ml water
salt and pepper, to taste
Grill or fry the sausages.
The healthiest way is to grill them in the oven at 350 F or 180 C for 20-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until tender.
Drain potatoes and mash with milk, butter, salt and nutmeg until smooth.
For the gravy, heat oil in a frying pan and sauté onions until nicely browned.
Stir in the flour and then the mustard, followed by the wine. A few seconds later add the stock and allow to thicken.
Pile the mash onto a plate, followed by the sausages and lovely spoonfuls of the gravy.
600 g flour
110 g granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
100 g dry raisins or 100 g cranberries
190 g butter, cold cut up into cubes
250 ml buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl measure flour, sugar, baking powder.
Add butter and work with your fingertips until mixture resembles small peas.
Mix in dry fruit.
In small bowl mix buttermilk and eggs add to dry mixture.
Using your hands, form dough into large ball and place on floured surface.
Knead lightly only few times until comes together.
Roll out into 1 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut into 3 inch rounds place on a prepared baking sheet.
Brush with milk to glaze.
Bake scones for 20-25 minutes.
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