Cook and bake like the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day with these traditional Irish recipes
From delicious roast chicken, to soda bread and potato cakes - tasty and sophisticated Irish recipes
Boil and drain the potatoes and mash them with a generous knob of butter and a cup of milk. Allow to cool (ideally store them overnight in the fridge).
Place two large spoonfuls of flour on a plate, season with salt and pepper. Roll out mash potato on a cutting board and form them into patties about two and a half inches across and one inch deep. Dip them into the seasoned flour and then place them in a heated non-stick skillet (use the bacon fat or olive oil).
Fry for three to four minutes under a medium heat on both sides, until golden. Meanwhile chop and fry the spring onions in four tablespoons of olive oil in a separate skillet. Serve the onions and oil over the potato cakes. This dish compliments Irish sausages served with fresh boiled peas.
Years ago this cake was saved for special occasions because it used sugar and eggs (which at various times were in short supply in the last century). Now it’s just a particularly tasty Irish soda bread that has a wonderfully cake like texture that goes well with butter and fine raspberry jam. You will need the following items.
4 cups of all-purpose flour (sifted)
1-2 tablespoons of sugar
1 level teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda (sifted)
3/4 cup of raisins, currants, or golden raisins
1 1/4 cup of buttermilk (use more if the dough is too dry)
Preheat your oven to 450. Measure the flour and sift into a large bowl. Add salt, baking soda, sugar and one whole egg. Work the flour with one hand until it begins to separate from the bowl. Then add the buttermilk and raisins and continue to mix. The trick with all soda breads is never to over mix it, so a light hand here will be rewarded.
Place the dough onto a floured baking dish and shape into a tidy ball about 1 and ½ inch high. Then use a chef’s knife to cut it deeply in the center, creating four equal sized triangles. Gently prick each of these rounds to create a small steam hole.
Put into the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 400. Cook for 35-40 minutes. If you are in doubt if it’s cooked, tap the bottom, if it is cooked it will sound hollow. This bread is cooked at a lower temperature than soda bread because the egg browns faster at a higher heat.
World’s Best Roast Chicken Recipe
You’d think you know how to roast a chicken right? It’s easy? Well you don’t know how to roast a chicken that tastes like this. Throw away every recipe you’ve ever learned to date and commit this one to memory. After today it’s the only one you will ever need.
1 whole chicken, preferably free range and of the best quality you can find.
1 large clove of garlic, crushed
1 good handful of fresh thyme, on the stem.
6 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Turn the oven up to 450 degrees. Rinse the chicken under cold tap water, remove giblets and let stand in roasting pan for twenty minutes until it reaches room temperature. With your fingers rub the room temperature butter into the skin covering the bird.
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