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My Top 10 Traditional Irish Recipes

With Paddy's day just around the corner there's lots to be excited about when it comes to Irish food!

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My Top 10 Traditional Irish Recipes

With Paddy's day just around the corner there's lots to be excited about when it comes to Irish food!

My Top 10 Traditional Irish Recipes | DonalSkehan.com, With Paddy's day just around the corner there's lots to be excited about when it comes to Irish food!
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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To help you celebrate our national day, I’ve put together a list of my top ten traditional Irish recipes. Some recipes on the list are more traditional than others but all guaranteed delicious and in most cases very easy to make! The wonderful thing about Irish food is that it is all about simple flavours and high quality ingredients. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

To help you celebrate our national day, I’ve put together a list of my top ten traditional Irish recipes. Some recipes on the list are more traditional than others but all guaranteed delicious and in most cases very easy to make! The wonderful thing about Irish food is that it is all about simple flavours and high quality ingredients. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

1. Potato & Irish Cheddar Rolls

These are the lightest and most delicious rolls I have ever tasted. They are a nice change from soda bread & they freeze very well too. Delicious served up with Irish Stew or just covered in a thick layer of Irish butter.

Get the recipe here

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1. Potato & Irish Cheddar Rolls

These are the lightest and most delicious rolls I have ever tasted. They are a nice change from soda bread & they freeze very well too. Delicious served up with Irish Stew or just covered in a thick layer of Irish butter.

Get the recipe here

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2. Irish Soda Bread

Soda Bread is an amazingly easy, versatile recipe and has stood the test of time as an Irish classic because it so simple. It is a no knead, no fuss style of bread which is my kind of recipe! You can change this classic by adding lots of tasty things like sea-salt, different cheeses or herbs. It’s delicious on its own or served with a warm bowl of soup.

Get the recipe here.

2. Irish Soda Bread

Soda Bread is an amazingly easy, versatile recipe and has stood the test of time as an Irish classic because it so simple. It is a no knead, no fuss style of bread which is my kind of recipe! You can change this classic by adding lots of tasty things like sea-salt, different cheeses or herbs. It’s delicious on its own or served with a warm bowl of soup.

Get the recipe here.

3. Individual Bacon & Cabbage Pies

This is my twist on an Irish classic, Bacon and Cabbage. Cooked in a creamy white sauce and then baked under a puff pastry a lid this a true comfort food treat. For an extra variation, try mixing some cheddar cheese in alongside the ham and cabbage when you mix it through the white sauce.

Get the recipe here.

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3. Individual Bacon & Cabbage Pies

This is my twist on an Irish classic, Bacon and Cabbage. Cooked in a creamy white sauce and then baked under a puff pastry a lid this a true comfort food treat. For an extra variation, try mixing some cheddar cheese in alongside the ham and cabbage when you mix it through the white sauce.

Get the recipe here.

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4. Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic

In this roast lamb recipe I use the classic combo of garlic & rosemary to flavour the lamb leg. An easy side dish to serve alongside the roast lamb is simply braised baby gem, with peas in white wine and thyme. In springtime, wild garlic appears all across Ireland in shaded woodland areas. It is easy to recognize from its distinctive garlic smell. The leaves can be harvested and treated like any salad leaf or used to make a pesto to serve alongside the lamb.

Get the recipe here.

4. Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic

In this roast lamb recipe I use the classic combo of garlic & rosemary to flavour the lamb leg. An easy side dish to serve alongside the roast lamb is simply braised baby gem, with peas in white wine and thyme. In springtime, wild garlic appears all across Ireland in shaded woodland areas. It is easy to recognize from its distinctive garlic smell. The leaves can be harvested and treated like any salad leaf or used to make a pesto to serve alongside the lamb.

Get the recipe here.

5. Irish Stew

Angie looked after my dad when he was growing up, and when I first started going to school she used to walk me home and give me lunch, which was regularly Irish stew. Her Irish stew is legendary in the Skehan family, with my dad’s five siblings and my eleven cousins all having been brought up on it. Angie always knew how to feed an army of hungry mouths, so I hope this version of the recipe does hers justice!

Get the recipe here.

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5. Irish Stew

Angie looked after my dad when he was growing up, and when I first started going to school she used to walk me home and give me lunch, which was regularly Irish stew. Her Irish stew is legendary in the Skehan family, with my dad’s five siblings and my eleven cousins all having been brought up on it. Angie always knew how to feed an army of hungry mouths, so I hope this version of the recipe does hers justice!

Get the recipe here.

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6. Beef & Guinness Stew

Beef and Guinness stew is a perfect dish for a cold autumn day. You can serve this as a stew or take it one step further and use it as the filling for an impressive pie. Do make sure the meat is tender before serving, different cuts of meat will take longer cooking times.

Get the recipe here.

6. Beef & Guinness Stew

Beef and Guinness stew is a perfect dish for a cold autumn day. You can serve this as a stew or take it one step further and use it as the filling for an impressive pie. Do make sure the meat is tender before serving, different cuts of meat will take longer cooking times.

Get the recipe here.

7. Irish Brack

Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruitcake which is also knows as Irish Tea Cake depending on the time of year that you’re eating it! This recipe makes a really beautiful moist fruit loaf which is packed with flavour from the mixed spice and dried fruit, which sits overnight in cold tea and whiskey to soak up all the goodness. You can drop the whiskey if you wish but I think it adds another flavour kick…

Get the recipe here.

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7. Irish Brack

Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruitcake which is also knows as Irish Tea Cake depending on the time of year that you’re eating it! This recipe makes a really beautiful moist fruit loaf which is packed with flavour from the mixed spice and dried fruit, which sits overnight in cold tea and whiskey to soak up all the goodness. You can drop the whiskey if you wish but I think it adds another flavour kick…

Get the recipe here.

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8. Irish Oaty Apple Crumble

Crumble has to be one of the easiest desserts to prepare and it is extremely easy to adapt, using whatever fruit is in season. You can vary the ingredients for the crumble mix itself, I sometimes use wholemeal flour and nuts, though I’m a complete stickler for using jumbo oats as they really give the dessert a crunchy nutty texture.

Get the recipe here.

 

8. Irish Oaty Apple Crumble

Crumble has to be one of the easiest desserts to prepare and it is extremely easy to adapt, using whatever fruit is in season. You can vary the ingredients for the crumble mix itself, I sometimes use wholemeal flour and nuts, though I’m a complete stickler for using jumbo oats as they really give the dessert a crunchy nutty texture.

Get the recipe here.

 

9. Guinness Chocolate Cake

If you are a fan of decadent treats, this Chocolate Guinness Cake is the dessert for you! The dense and fudgey chocolate cake has a fantastic malty flavour which comes from the addition of the stout and is topped with a creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting which resembles a pint of Guinness!

Get the recipe here.

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9. Guinness Chocolate Cake

If you are a fan of decadent treats, this Chocolate Guinness Cake is the dessert for you! The dense and fudgey chocolate cake has a fantastic malty flavour which comes from the addition of the stout and is topped with a creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting which resembles a pint of Guinness!

Get the recipe here.

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10. Apple Crumble Cake

Apple crumble is one of my most favourite desserts of all time, I remember making it growing up and to this day still swoon at the smell of it coming out of the oven.  This Irish apple crumble cake is nice little twist on the classic with a moist apple cake interior and a light crumbly topping.  That classic combination of apple and blackberries could also be used here.

Get the recipe here.

10. Apple Crumble Cake

Apple crumble is one of my most favourite desserts of all time, I remember making it growing up and to this day still swoon at the smell of it coming out of the oven.  This Irish apple crumble cake is nice little twist on the classic with a moist apple cake interior and a light crumbly topping.  That classic combination of apple and blackberries could also be used here.

Get the recipe here.

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  • Rebecca Owens

    These are all great, but would have liked to see ‘Coddle’ make the list!

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Gotta say I’m not a huge fan of coddle! I’ll have to make it a bit more and maybe I’ll come around on it! :)

  • http://lenasmagicgarden.blogspot.com Elena Wong

    Dear Donal

    I am a Production Manager at Humble Bee Films (www.humblebeefilms.com) and we have a really great programme idea that we would love for you to present. I’ve tried speaking to your agent at United and but they are very unresponsive. I would love to tell you more about it as we think it would be right up your alley and would give you a chance to front a global series which we would pitch to UK and international broadcasters. Is there any chance you could contact us directly – I’m not sure if I can post an email address on here but we are available through our website? Please take a look at us – we have recently been nominated for two Royal Television Society Awards and our current series with Sir David Attenborough is currently out on Watch. Really hope you are able to get in contact with us, we love our idea, it has some great positive feedback and we think it could be a lovely series.

    Thanks so much

    Elena from Humble Bee Films

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Thanks Elena! I’ll be in touch! :)

  • K Hill

    I must say I have loved finding your page. I am an Irish woman married to a Filipino man, so most of our food is rice…Don’t get me wrong I like rice, but I love my potatoes. Finding your page has helped me convince my husband Irish food is good.(My family didn’t raise me with Irish food, so I am trying to learn everything I can). Hubby hates cabbage with a passion but loved Colcannon mash so much he had I don’t know how many helpings… I lost track!

    Right now on my table is the Family Irish Stew and the Wild Garlic Soda Bread. My husband’s entire family has stated their dislike for Irish food, so this Sunday they are all coming over to have a feast… Not sure what all I will feed them, but I know I have to turn them around.

    Thanks for the great recipes!

  • Maureen Staples

    Happy St.Patricks Day to the Ryan clan from Maisie Ede’s (Ryan) family in England ….. lots of love to Uncle Chris & Aunt Betty xxxxxxx

  • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

    Hi Linda. I hope you liked my chowder and your visit to Ireland. And don’t worry…Kerry Gold is very popular here!

  • Bronwyn

    Please tell me what type of nettle you use – live in NZ and need to narrow down our nettles so I don’t poison the whole family :-)

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Not sure about in NZ but they are just called Stinging Nettles here as far as I know. Hope that helps! :)

  • Aine Ni Nualláin

    can’t find the recipe for soda bread that I have been using for a while – wanted a copy for my daughter (much as the wild garlic one) where are you hiding it.?

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Use the same recipe and just leave out the wild garlic. Two recipes in one!

  • Deborah Swain Kettler

    Do you advise using a slow-cooker or a pressure cooker?

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      I don’t really ever use either to be honest although people rave about slow cookers so will have to give it a go. :)

  • Keith Bummed

    I usually cook on St. Pat’s and there a few things I have enjoyed a lot. Boiled dinner with American Corned Beef (this was never made in old Eire) with all the root veggies and some cabbage in the last hour. Irish Stew with either Lamb or Beef, Leg of Lamb grilled,

    Irish Whiskey Soda Bread (I substituted diced figs for the currants and re-hydrated them in the Jamesons) Black Bread to go with the Stew and last but not least, I never put green dye in my beer, I just get Smythwicks, Harp and Guiness for the beer choices.

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    thx m9 ur recipes works 4 my homework lol hahah

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  • Anna Leśniewska

    Hi Donal

    I will be visiting Dublin in two weeks time and I would like to ask you one thing – could you please reccomend me some restaurants with good food ? It will be the first time for me in Dublin and I want to spend it in a best way possible.