What is the best Irish dish? It was a fierce competition for first place in our recent poll about Ireland's favorite meal.
Last month was Food and Drink month here on IrishCentral, so we asked you a challenging question for the ages: What is Ireland's favorite meal?
Would it be the classic bacon and cabbage? (Corned beef and cabbage here in the US.) A hearty Irish stew? Shepherd's pie topped with fluffy mashed potatoes? A full Irish breakfast to start your day off right? The sweet simplicity of Irish soda bread and tea? A Sunday roast just like your mam used to make? Or something else entirely?
The results are in and they're delicious! In case you want to have a go at making them, recipes are included below.
A full Irish breakfast was the winner, with 24.26% of the votes.
We assume everyone who selected a full Irish as their favorite meal was not referring to the "meal from hell" Irish breakfast a food writer encountered on board Irish Ferries and described in vivid, gory detail.
In a close second was bacon and cabbage, with 19. 95 of the votes.
Up next was shepherd's pie, with 16.71%.
Then came Irish stew, with 12.40%.
A Sunday roast was a close fifth, with 11.05% of the votes.
And the humble Irish soda bread and tea came in last with 7.28%.
Other voters submitted their own categories, including fish and chips, the traditional Irish potato dish colcannon, oysters, boxty (Ireland's twist on the potato pancake), and our personal favorite, a very enthusiastic "All of the above!"