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St Patrick’s Day, it’s not all about Guinness…

St Patrick’s Day is the traditional occasion to raise a glass of Guinness (or three or four…) to Ireland’s patron saint. But it’s not all about Guinness and whiskey … Food plays a huge part on this day, celebrating with the amazing seasonal produce that is on offer during March. With such delicious dishes from the Emerald Isle: celebrate St Patrick’s Day in true Irish style with its famous potato sides and traditional stews!

Traditional St Patrick’s Day dishes you must include on your menu:

Traditional Irish stew – lamb

Irish beef stew

Beef & ale stew with dumplings

Potato soup

Champs

Colcannon

So what is in season this month and used in St Patrick’s Day dishes?

Potatoes (of course)

Spring greens

Spring onions

Leeks

Parsnips

Cabbage

Not forgetting the meats of choice… Lamb and Beef!

Talk about an abundance of choice! The Irish have certainly made good use of all this fresh produce and meat on offer! From rich, warming, slow-cooked stews that can simmer away quite happily until you’re ready to eat it. Also, not forgetting Irish people are famous for their love of – and creative ways of cooking – the humble spud… the two main sides of all time for the Irish is Champs and Colcannon.

For those who do not know what these are, here are the definitions:

Champs – Mash potato and spring onions

Colcannon – Side dishes don’t come more Irish than creamy colcannon – It’s a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage.

As the saying goes, ‘Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day’ – a sentiment that many agree with based on the worldwide revelry that occurs annually on 17th March. So let’s join in by using all the delicious fresh produce in season, cook up some delicious dishes and get celebrating!

 


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