Slainte! I hope you all had a very happy St. Patrick’s Day! It is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. I have a very strong Irish heritage…my granny was a Fitzpatrick! I have also been to Ireland, and once you’ve seen all that unearthly green, it calls to you. Ireland truly holds magic. So, yes, I love to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!
I had my family up for a St. Patty’s Day feast complete with Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, and a delicious Apple Cake. I know St. Patrick’s Day was yesterday, but you might want to make this yummy meal next year to celebrate with your family!
Here are the super yummy recipes:
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
This is a traditional dinner eaten in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
2 lbs. small red potatoes
1 1/2 cups baby carrots
1 onion, cut into wedges
2-4 lbs. corned beef brisket with seasoning pack
1 small head of cabbage, cut into wedges
1/2 stick butter
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Place potatoes, carrots, and onions in a slow cooker. Top with corned beef brisket. Sprinkle contents of seasoning packet. Add enough water just to cover brisket.
2. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
3. About 40 minutes before serving, place cabbage wedges in a large pot. Cover with water, and add 1/2 stick of butter and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
4. Make Potato Sauce. (Recipe to follow)
5. Serve brisket and all vegetables on a large platter with a bowl of Potato Sauce on the side…family style.
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. prepared Horseradish
2 tsp. Spicy Brown Mustard
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. This is wonderful to dip the red potatoes in, and I also like my corned beef dipped in it!
Irish Soda Bread
Soda bread is a staple in Ireland, and is so easy to make! Cut a cross in the bread to ward off evil, or let the fairies out!
3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Oil a baking sheet.
2. Mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Pour in the buttermilk, and mix well using your hands.
3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Shape into an 8 inch circle. Place the dough on the baking sheet and cut a cross in the top.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with lots of butter!
Legend says that St. Patrick planted an apple tree in a settlement outside of Armagh. Today, Armagh County is known as Orchard County and has apple festivals and tours. Pretty cool, huh? Whether the legend is true or not, this cake is absolutely, without a doubt, delicious! Especially when it’s still warm from the oven…yum!
2 large Granny Smith apples
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9 inch round springform pan. (Or use cake release, which I prefer.)
2. Make the streusel topping. Cut butter into flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar and reserve.
3. Peel, core, and thinly slice apples. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Put butter and sugar in a separate bowl and beat together. Gradually beat in the eggs. Slowly mix in the flour mixture. Mix in the milk.
4. Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth and even out the top. Cover with sliced apples and sprinkle the streusel topping evenly on top. Bake for 1 hour, or until top is lightly browned. Let cool slightly before removing the sides of the pan. Slice and serve still warm!
I hope you will enjoy these dishes as much as I did…and may the luck of the Irish be with you. I guess it already is if you are lucky enough to eat such good food! I love food!!!