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Irish Recipes


Ireland is well-known for its farming tradition. Of course, potatoes are a key ingredient in Irish cooking, and indeed have been a stable ingredient in the Irish diet ever since their introduction in the late 17th century, but many other crops are grown too - including barley and oats. Additionally Ireland produces some excellent livestock - in recent years, beef has risen greatly in popularity,, but lamb and pork are both traditionally popular.

As you might expect, given Ireland's long coastline and seafaring tradition, seafood is also forms an important part of Irish cuisine. Oysters are very popular - and oysters are a popular event around the country, where they are eaten with Guinness. Ireland is also known for Dublin Bay prawns (langoustines) which are actually a miniature type of lobster. Popular fish include cod and salmon.

Many Irish meals are eaten with bread - and Ireland has its own unique types of bread, including:
  • Soda bread - A bread made using baking soda instead of yeast. Whole wheat soda bread is known as "wheaten".

  • Irish potato bread (also known as "fadge", "potato cake", "potato farls", and "slims" - as well as informally as "tatie bread") - Unleavened bread made using potatoes instead of much of the wheat flour.

  • Blaa - A very soft white bread roll, covered in layers of flour, that is unique to Waterford.
Blaa - Soft white bread rolls from Waterford City, Ireland

Some popular Irish dishes include:
  • Irish stew (Irish: Gaelic: Stobhach Gaelach) - This is probably the most famous Irish dish in the world - it's a stew made from lamb or mutton, with potatoes, onions and parsley. Some cooks recommend the addition of barley, root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips or turnips, or even Guinness. Irish emigrant communities around the world have taken this dish with them and adapted it to local conditions - for example, beef may be substituted for lamb, or paprika added to spice the dish up!

  • Coddle - Pork sausages and bacon rashers are quickly cooked. Then, potatoes, onions and perhaps barley, are added, and slowly cooked using the stock from the meat.

  • Bacon and cabbage - A traditional Irish dish. Although, Irish Americans often used corned beef, this is actual an adaption of the original bacon and cabbage recipe. beef and cabbage.

  • Champ - Mashed potato with chopped scallions (green onions), milk and butter.

  • Colcannon - Mashed potato with kale, cabbage or wild garlic.
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An Irish Country Cookbook: More Than 140 Family Recipes from Soda Bread to Irish Stew, Paired with Ten New, Charming Short Stories from the Beloved Irish Country Series (Irish Country Books)

By Patrick Taylor

Forge
Released: 2017-02-07
Hardcover (368 pages)

An Irish Country Cookbook: More Than 140 Family Recipes from Soda Bread to Irish Stew, Paired with Ten New, Charming Short Stories from the Beloved Irish Country Series (Irish Country Books)
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From New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author Patrick Taylor comes ten new short stories in the popular An Irish Country series paired with more than 140 delicious Irish family recipes in An Irish Country Cookbook.

Told from the perspective of beloved housekeeper Kinky Kincaid, one of the cherished starring characters in Taylor’s An Irish Country series, An Irish Country Cookbook explores Ireland’s rich culture through its delicious dishes and stories of its charming people. These authentic tried-and-true family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, and are the original comfort food for millions. Organized into sections such as: starters, soups, breads, mains, sides, sauces, desserts, cakes, candy and treats, and Ulster Christmas recipes, this cookbook brings the magic of Irish cooking and time-honored Irish traditions to life.

The ten short stories starring Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Dr. Barry Laverty, and the colorful village of Ballybucklebo will delight fans of the series and new readers alike. From starters to sauces, Irish soda bread to Christmas dinner, these memorable dishes will bring a taste of the world of the Irish Country books to every kitchen.

Our Irish Grannies' Recipes: Comforting and Delicious Cooking From the Old Country to Your Family's Table

By Eoin Purcell

Sourcebooks
Released: 2011-11-01
Hardcover (160 pages)

Our Irish Grannies  Recipes: Comforting and Delicious Cooking From the Old Country to Your Family s Table
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Savor the delicious and authentic recipes of traditional Irish cooking

Safe-keepers of Ireland's tastiest and most precious culinary traditions, grannies from all across the Emerald Isle have long kept the secret recipes that define Irish cooking. Classic foods such as brown bread and potato soup have been passed down from generation to generation, and faithfully served by grannies in thatch-roofed cottages and local village pubs for years.

Eoin Purcell has compiled the best of his ancestors' recipes in the ultimate collection of authentic Irish cooking. Try your hand at tried-and-tested recipes such as:

  • Ravenscroft Guinness Beef Stew
  • A Traditional Dublin Coddle
  • Granny's Northern Irish Stuffing
  • Old-fashioned Soda Scones

Bring back the memories and comfort of your grandmother's kitchen table with Our Irish Grannies' Recipes, perfect for family gatherings, St. Patrick Day celebrations, or Sunday lunches with friends.

"A small book with a big heart." ― Irish Independent

The Irish Granny's Pocket Recipe Book

By Fiona Biggs

Carrolls Irish Gifts
Hardcover (256 pages)

The Irish Granny s Pocket Recipe Book
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Enjoy the best of Irish Granny's classic recipes. This pocket-sized cookbook includes all the classic Irish dishes, from Boxty to Barm Brack. There are breakfasts, soups, starters, breads, cakes and biscuits, main dishes, preserves, drinks, and a special section on Christmas favorites. Every recipe is illustrated with a full-color photograph, with easy-to-follow text.

Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland's Heritage

By Darina Allen

Darina Allen
Hardcover (336 pages)

Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland s Heritage
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Features 300 traditional dishes and 100 recipes. This book includes tips, tales, historical insights and common Irish customs, many of which have been passed down from one generation to the next. It also includes chapters on Broths and Soups, Fish, Game, Vegetables and Cakes and Biscuits

Ireland's rich culinary heritage is brought to life in this new edition of Darina's bestselling Irish Traditional Cooking. With 300 traditional dishes, including 100 new recipes, this is the most comprehensive and entertaining tome on the subject. Each recipe is complemented by tips, tales, historical insights and common Irish customs, many of which have been passed down from one generation to the next. Darina's fascination with Ireland's culinary heritage is illustrated with chapters on Broths & Soups, Fish, Game, Vegetables and Cakes & Biscuits. She uses the finest of Ireland's natural produce to give us recipes such as Sea Spinach Soup, Potted Ballycotton Shrimps with Melba Toast and Rhubarb Fool.

Complete Book of Irish Country Cooking: Traditional and Wholesome Recipes from Ireland

By Darina Allen

Avery
Released: 1996-03-01
Hardcover (288 pages)

Complete Book of Irish Country Cooking: Traditional and Wholesome Recipes from Ireland
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Providing a thorough introduction to the art of Irish cookery, a treasure trove of more than 250 traditional recipes includes hearty, flavorful, and wholesome dishes that range from Watercress Soup to Apple Amble Tart. 25,000 first printing. Tour.

The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook (Love Food)

By Parragon Books

Parragon Books
Released: 2019-01-15
Hardcover (176 pages)

The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook (Love Food)
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Pubs in Ireland are the cornerstone of their communities, relaxed places where locals and visitors can experience the best of traditional Irish hospitality. Many pubs have also become the place to go for a great meal, with a choice of both traditional and contemporary dishes. In recent years Irish cooking has been transformed, with skillful cooks making the most of wonderful fresh local produce to create delicious new dishes and giving a twist to many classics. This collection includes the best of both worlds - with best-loved favorites such as Irish Stew and Split Pea and Ham Soup and also newer recipes, like Scallop Chowder or Oatmeal and Raspberry Cream to set your taste buds tingling. So just open this book to enjoy the best of traditional and contemporary Irish pub cooking.

CLASSIC TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY RECIPES: The best of traditional and contemporary Irish cooking for all occasions. St. Patrick's Day, hearty family suppers or special celebrations, there is a perfect, well-loved recipe for every get-together.

FOUR COURSE MEAL RECIPES: The four chapters in this book follow the course of a typical meal in an Irish Pub:
Appetizers & Snacks: Potted Crab, light salad with Ireland's famous seafood and hearty winter soups.
Entree: Traditional dishes like Irish Stew or Fisherman's Pie as well as more contemporary meals whole baked sea trout.
Vegetables & Sides: No Irish meal is complete without delicious sides like soda bread or red cabbage.
Desserts & Drinks: The best of Irish baking including Bread Pudding and Rhubarb Crisp as well as delicious traditional drinks like Irish Coffee or a Black Velvet.

RECIPES & PHOTOS: Recipes for every mood and occasion and beautiful photos for each recipe will keep enthusiasts excited to continue to try new Irish recipes every week.

MAKES A GREAT GIFT: Birthdays, holidays, Mother's/Father's Day and more, The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook makes a great gift for any occasion.

Irish Cooking Bible

By Publications International Ltd.

Publications International, Ltd.
Released: 2013-08-14
Flexibound (192 pages)

Irish Cooking Bible
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Bring the magic of Irish cooking to your own kitchen with the Irish Cooking Bible-more than 120 delicious recipes for simple country fare. Start with memorable breakfast dishes, such as Raisin Oat Scones, Corned Beef Hash or Irish Whiskey Cured Salmon. Or savor pub food classics like Lamb and Vegetable Pie, Beef Stew and Mussels in Beer Broth. You'll find everything from hearty soups and homemade breads to simple salads, sides and desserts. More than 80 full-page color photographs.

Favorite Brand Name Recipes - Irish Cooking

By Publications International Ltd.

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Released: 2012-11-15
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Favorite Brand Name Recipes - Irish Cooking
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Irish Cooking is filled with recipes for classic Irish dishes such as Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Potato and Leek Soup, and Irish Soda Bread, as well as Irish-inspired treats like White Chocolate Shamrocks, Celtic Knots, and Leprechaun Cupcakes.
More than 75 recipes for classic Irish food, plus fun foods for St. Patrick's Day entertaining.
Includes more than 60 full-color photos.


 
 
 

 
 
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