Sunday, March 15, 2009

St. Patrick’s Day Feast

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Our family loves St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Maybe it’s the Idaho farm girl in me hearkening back to childhood days filled with meat and potatoes. So I thought I’d share a few of our favorite Irish dishes with you.

The Classic Corned Beef recipe we usually follow the recipe given on the package we get from the store. When cooking though I usually place the beef on a rack or if I don’t have one I improvise by placing rolls of tinfoil in the bottom of my deep dish casserole.

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Why? Because this cut of beef is very fatty and I’m still trying to be slightly more healthy. Our recipe called for cooking it covered, 50 minutes at 350 degree’s for every 1 lb of meat. I threw in the red potatoes, carrots and cabbage or B russel sprouts for the last hour of cooking.

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Irish Colcannon Casserole : What’s fun about this traditional Irish winter casserole is some of the fun traditions surrounding it. Normally it is eaten around Halloween, but it’s also known to make an appearance on March the 17th. There’s even songs about it. The Colcannon usually contained a ring that when found, meant marriage within the year for it’s finder. I, however don’t hide a ring in ours because 1st my kids are too young to think about marriage and 2nd, they’d probably choke on it. Still a fun idea.

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I found the most delightful Colcannon recipe by Miss Ann at Recipe Zaar dot com here.

Boxty, Irish Potato Cakes

Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan, If you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get your man.

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This dish is kind of a cross between biscuits and hash browns. It happens to taste heavenly smothered with butter when still warm. I know I’m going to need to work out extra hard after this meal. But it’s once a year right?

1 cup raw potato
1 cup mashed potato
2 cups flour ( I used 1 cup wheat and 1 cup white) 1/4 cup butter
1 tsp baking powder 1 cup skim milk
1 tsp salt
large knob of butter, melted

Mix potatoes together then add in dry ingredients. Combine with milk. Melt a little butter in a fry pan over medium heat. When pan is hot and butter is melted then ladle small circles of potato pancakes into the pan.
Brown on both sides and serve warm.

Mint Lime-Ade

Make your favorite Limeade recipe. You can buy fresh like Simply Lime-Ade, Frozen concentrate or make fresh squeezed. Add 1/4 tsp of mint extract for every quart of limeade you make. I love adding ice and a couple leaves of fresh mint to each drink. Love it.

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Shamrock Shakes

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Mix together the following ingredients in a blender until the consistency of a shake.

  • 3 cups low sugar or light vanilla ice cream, slightly thawed
  • 1 and 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp. mint extract or flavoring
  • 12-15 drops green food coloring
  • Light Whipped Cream, green sprinkles and M&M’s (optional)
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Pistachio Mint Mini’s

Yes, I know these are not a traditional Irish Dish. But they are yummy and green and in my book that’s o.k. too.

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1 package chocolate graham crackers, 1 small box of sugar-free pistachio pudding, 1/4 cup butter and Chocolate Mint flavored Ice Cream topping syrup.

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Graham crackers usually come three per package. For this recipe you will only need one entire package of cookies.

Using a heavy-duty zip-lock bag, crush the graham crackers. Mix with 1/4 cup of melted butter or margarine. Press the mixture into the bottom of mini muffin cups. Put in just enough to cover the bottom.

Mix a package of sugar free Pistachio pudding using the Pie directions (less milk) After mixing for 2 minutes, quickly spoon into muffin tins on top of the graham cracker mixture. Then drizzle the chocolate mint topping over the little dessert. Chill.

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Here’s a couple of other recipes I found that are perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day meal.

Elise of Simply Recipes shares her favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe HERE.

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and Irene Of Dreams and Sweets shares a yummy Clover Roll recipe HERE.

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So ‘Top of the Morning to You’ and may the blessing of the wee folks liven your year. Happy Holidays'!

2 comments:

Sara said...

That looks like a lovely feast! We had our corned beef yesterday. I'd never made it before and we tried the boiling method. Yuck. Tasted fine, but looked awful! I've already made 2 batches of soda bread that have disappeared. Maybe I'll make the clover rolls for tomorrow.

Trena Doll said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm supposed to bring a green vegetable to the office St.Patrick's Day potluck tomorrow, and green beans just didn't seem very Irish. I think I'll give the Colcannon a try. It's authentic and green-ish. Plus, I've always wanted an excuse to buy a parnsip.