Irish Feasting! #irishomarch

You guys, I’m sucking diesel now. You heard me. Apparently, that is an Irish saying that means “When things are going exceptionally well and you’ve found success, not by luck but by your own merit, pat yourself on the back by saying, “I’m sucking diesel.” 

Irish Cream cookies – sugar cookies filled with Irish Cream filling, dipped in white chocolate!

That’s how I feel about #irishomarch, having knocked SEVEN of the Irish(ish) recipes on my list, just in a few days. All of these were recipes I found on Pinterest, some making more tweaks than others. The quick list to this long post:

  • Guinness Shepherd’s pie
  • Irish cream
  • Irish soda bread
  • Fish & chips
  • Potato Leek soup
  • Irish salad
  • Irish cream cookies

First up – Guinness Shepherd’s Pie. Technically, Shepherd’s pie is lamb and a Cottage Pie is beef. Either way, the pie is meat cooked in a gravy with other veggies, topped with a layer of mashed potatoes. This is the Irish solution to leftovers, which I totally love. I made just a half recipe, using about 1/2 pound of ground beef. I used the other 1/2 pound to make some taco meat magic to stow in my freezer (meal prep goals!). Instead of any beef broth, I just used more Guinness, and then fed the rest of the bottle to my husband. Last, I used white cheddar cheese in the mashed potatoes, because I had a huge brick I bought at Costco during #fromagefebruary. I was worried the mashed potatoes would dry out while this baked, but the saucy meat & veggie mix saved the day. Instead of one big pan, I used 3 smaller dishes to make single servings. The result? A hearty, thick, satisfying meal. I would absolutely make this again.

Next up, homemade Irish Cream. Credit goes to Smitten Kitchen for this 5 ingredient, 5 minute, brilliant creation. Go make it right now, and I’ll go take another shot of it.

Irish Soda bread comes next – and I used Sally’s Baking Addiction because her recipes are ALWAYS delicious, reliable, and incredibly straightforward. I had never had soda bread before, that I recall. It was a hearty bread, with just a touch of sweet from the raisins. Perfect with a little butter.

High on my priority list was fish & chips. Because doesn’t every fine Irish pub serve fish & chips? However, I decided we really didn’t need anything deep fried (after consuming a load of fries the night before), and more importantly, I didn’t want to make a giant mess on the stove I had just cleaned. Instead, I made baked cod, with potato wedges. Just a Russet potato cut into 8 pieces, sprayed with oil, and with garlic, salt, and pepper, roasted at 425 until crispy. The meal was good, considering it wasn’t fried, but, it wasn’t the fish & chips I dreamed of devouring. However, it was a worthy, healthy replacement.

Baked fish & chips with Irish salad.

A new addition to the list was the Irish salad pictured above. I didn’t know there was really such a thing, but a quick search on Pinterest came up with a few ideas. Maybe not all that legit, but turns out it was REALLY good. I used Bibb lettuce, cucumber, tomato, hard boiled egg, and white cheddar, with a tarragon dressing.

For the dressing (roughly): 1 TBSP mayo, 2 TBSP olive oil, 2 TBSP white vinegar, 1 tsp dijon mustard, salt, pepper, 1 tsp dried tarragon – whisked together. I served this salad two days in a row because we liked it that much.

The most surprising of all the Irish recipes was the Irish Potato Leek soup. I’ve never cooked with leeks, so I had no idea what to expect. The result was like a combination of split pea soup and baked potato soup, filling and satisfying, yet very springy. Peas are added to the soup before pureeing, which lightens up the flavor immensely. I topped it with crumbled bacon, and served it with the Irish salad and soda bread. Not bad considering the first view was honestly not appetizing – bacon saved the day!

Last but not least, Irish Cream cookies. I had some sugar cookie dough in the freezer, so I used my fancy new shamrock cookie cutter. Each cookie is actually 2 cookies, with an Irish cream filling, dipped in white chocolate. I used a shot of the homemade Irish cream with butter and powdered sugar to make a delicious filling. This recipe was my inspiration; I following the Irish cream filling (loosely), used a different sugar cookie, and decided to dip in white chocolate so the sprinkles stood out.

Irish Cream cookies with a shot of Irish Cream!
Sláinte!

Here it is only the 11th of March and so much progress on my list of ideas. I have a list of 7 more more Irish(ish) ideas; I plan to make at least 4 of them over the next few weeks. What other Irish classics (or pub favorites?) am I missing?

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