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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

Patrick Taylor
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.

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

By Darina Allen

Darina Allen
Hardcover (288 pages)

Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland s Heritage
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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 accompanied with 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.
First published nearly twenty years ago, and now extensively revised and updated, this new edition allows Darina Allen to share her enthusiasm for Ireland's fresh, wholesome, seasonal food with a new generation of cooks.

The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook

By Parragon Books

Parragon
Hardcover (176 pages)

The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook
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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.

Irish Country Cooking: More than 100 Recipes for Today's Table

By The Irish Countrywomen's Association

Sterling Epicure
Hardcover (224 pages)

Irish Country Cooking: More than 100 Recipes for Today s Table
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Rediscover the simple pleasures of a home-cooked meal, Irish-style. This fresh and appealing collection presents tried-and-true family recipes shared by local moms and grandmothers. The dishes range from distinctly traditional Irish fare (often with interesting twists) to those with international influences. Enjoy Brown Soda Bread, Fragrant Chicken Curry, Braised Derrynaflan Brisket, Sweet Fruit Scones with homemade jam, and much, much more.

Irish Cooking (Chunky) Delicious Recipes From Pub Fare to Country Classics

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Includes more than 125 Delicious recipes. From breakfast and homemade breads, to stews and pub food, the rustic of the Emerald Isle will take you on a tasty journey filled with timeless mouth watering recipes and unforgettable feasts.

The Raglan Road Cookbook: Inside America's Favorite Irish Pub

By Kevin Dundon

Mitchell Beazley
Released: 2016-09-06
Hardcover (296 pages)

The Raglan Road Cookbook: Inside America s Favorite Irish Pub
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This book is full of warming, hearty food perfect for the family table. Along the way, Kevin and writer Neil Cubley encompass Irish history, snapshots of Irish life, and charming anecdotes about everything from Ireland's oldest pub to whether the Irish really do tend to have red hair and the institution that is the "chipper".


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

By Darina Allen

Avery
Released: 1996-03-01
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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.

Irish Pub Cooking (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks)

By Larry Doyle

Nitty Gritty Cookbooks
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Irish Pub Cooking (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks)
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Irish pubs, whether in Ireland or the US, evoke warmth, friendliness, and home-away-from-home atmosphere. These days, however, that atmosphere comes as much from the food as the drink. Irish Pub Cooking is a collection of recipes, some familiar and some new, which will inspire you to recreate the Irish pub food experience in your own home. It will also give you an insight into the true nature of Irish cooking from the straightforward preparations to the essence of Irish flavors. The readily available ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions will allow you quickly and painlessly to prepare wholesome Irish pub food with relative ease in your own kitchen.


 
 
 

 
 
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