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It’s St Patrick’s Day soon and I’m sure we’re all a little green. Along with the festivities of St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, you can expect to turn your kitchen green too. Irish feast foods are ground in the food available in Ireland. And this means you’re looking at Cabbage, Shepard’s Pie and Bread. There’s a whole list of foods you can choose from to share with those you love. But, we’ve narrowed it down to the top dishes you can’t miss out on this St Patrick’s Day.

PS Don’t miss out Soda Bread hacks at the end.

Cabbage and Corned Beef

Okay, so when we say corned beef we don’t mean the ones in the tin. For this recipe, you’re going to need some delicious brisket. If you were making this meal traditionally, you’d boil it in one pot. But we like to put this dish in the oven for a nice slow roast. We also like the idea of separating the beef and veggies for the process. We’ve found that it simply takes the flavour of the dish to the next level.

You’ll Need:

  • 1kg Brisket (Speak to our butchery to secure your brisket)
  •  lightly seasoned with salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 7 Freshline carrots
  • 500g baby potatoes halved
  • 1 baby green cabbage
  • 4 tablespoons of SPAR butter
  • Parsley to garnish

Method

  1. Heat your oven to 180 and place two oven racks inside. One should be at the very bottom and the other in the middle.
  2. Place your Brisket in a roasting pan. Remember to keep the fat side up.
  3. Add about 1cm of water to the dish.
  4. Season your meat with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover with foil and place on the middle oven rack
  6. Next place baby potatoes, carrots and cabbage in a separate baking dish and dollop in the butter.
  7. Sprinkle over a little salt and pepper.
  8. When the beef has been in the oven for two hours pop the veggies onto the bottom rack in the oven.
  9. Cook the beef and veggies for another 1h 30min at this point both should be tender.
  10. Check your veggies often to make sure they cook evenly.
  11. Turn the potatoes and carrots every 30min.
  12. Remove both from the oven and place the beef on a kitchen board to cook until you can handle it.
  13. Gently trim the fat from the beef.
  14. Slice the beef into 3cm pieces going against the grain.
  15. Serve beet and veggies together.

Soda Bread

We love good bread and when it comes to making an easy loaf we’re all in favour. Irish Soda Bread can easily be customised. We have a few must-try hacks at the end, don’t miss those.

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Cups of flours
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1½ teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • ½ cups raisins

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 and prepare your baking sheet either with baking paper or lightly greased.
  2. Mix together sugar, bicarb, flour and salt.
  3. Add in the butter and mix again with an electric mixer.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the egg, orange zest and buttermilk.
  5. Using your electric mixer at a slow speed add the buttermilk mix to the flour mix.
  6. Add in the raisins.
  7. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and knead it into a ball.
  8. Place the dough onto your baking sheet at score the top of the loaf.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes.
  10. The loaf will sound hollow when tapped.
  11. Serve at room temperature or warm with your favourite Irish dish.

Soda Bread Hacks

  • Switch out orange zest with lemon for a tangy twist.
  • Mix it up and add fresh raspberries instead of raisins.
  • Give your bread a little crunch by adding in a few nuts.
  • Serve as an afternoon snack with some Avacodo or Cream Cheese.

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