St. Patrick's Day Feast
Rich stew, chewy brown soda bread, smoked salmon with horseradish, and more: everything you need for a delightful St. Patrick's Day get-together.
A traditional pub salad made with sausages or sliced meats, cheese, and any combination of mixed lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, coleslaw, or chutney, this dish is always served with soda bread. Adjust the number of servings or ingredients to suit your tastes.
Although smoked Irish salmon is traditional, any smoked salmon will work in this dish―just make sure to purchase smoked wild salmon because it’s a sustainable choice.
This hearty stew, layered with complex flavors from caraway seeds, sweet raisins, and full-bodied Guinness Draught pays homage to the best of Irish cooking and earned our test kitchen's highest rating. Food Editor, Ann Taylor Pittman, promises “This meaty stew is so good, I sopped up every drop of the gravy-like broth with bread.”
After the meal, serve Irish Coffee―strong coffee sweetened with a hint of sugar and Irish whiskey then topped with freshly whipped cream―with dessert. Irish whiskey has a smooth, round flavor, as opposed to the smoky quality of Scotch whisky. If you don’t have Irish whiskey, substitute bourbon.
This dish is more authentic than the ubiquitous corned beef and cabbage, though it is quite similar in that Irish boiling bacon is a cured meat, too. The boiling bacon is also leaner than traditional American bacon (which does not make an appropriate substitute). Order the Irish bacon from tommymoloneys.com.
Historically, the phrase “black and tan” referred to the much-reviled auxiliary force of English soldiers sent to Ireland to suppress the Irish rebels after the 1916 Easter Rising. Eventually, a much-loved drink made with half Guinness Stout and half Harp Lager assumed the name, and now this two-toned brownie (with the addition of Guinness) shares it.
Scoring a deep cross into the surface of the dough is called "blessing the bread." Because the bread uses baking soda as a leavener, it requires minimal kneading and no rising, so you can bake it just before supper and serve it warm.
If you'd prefer to steer-clear of the corned beef and new potatoes this St. Patrick's Day, try this recipe for Roasted Cabbage Steaks. It's so simple--3 ingredients-- and quick you'd swear we found it at the end of a rainbow.