This St. Patty’s Day, I went all out to celebrate the 25% of me that is Irish. I may not have red hair or look Irish, but I feel like I’ve seen Leap Year enough times to get the full essence of that part of my heritage. Whoops! Let me take the italics off. *sigh* Instead of braving the crowded bars this year, some friends and I planned a feast that would make the Irish proud!
One of my favorite all-time foods that goes a long way when you are feeding a group is Shepard’s Pie. The mashed potatoes and juices in the meat with mixed carrots and peas is so comforting. The only thing that could make it better? Adding 11/2 cups of sharp cheddar on top. (If you don’t like cheese, I forgive you. ;)Just exclude this part of my recipe. You will see that I put cheese on everything.) I used Real Simple’s recipe with just peas and carrots for the veggies and a truckload more cheese than this recipe calls for. See what you think about it!
Jill and Donny, one of our couples we hangout with, added a Reuben braid chock full of corned beef and cabbage. Man, that was a good. I’d never had anything like that for St. Patrick’s Day before. Needless to say, it was a unique twist on your average corned beef and cabbage dish. You can find the steps to make your very own here.
As a side, I made an sweet and savory Irish Soda Bread. It’s unlike the traditional, bland kind you sometimes find at pubs. My recipe has raisins and caraway seeds that collaborate in the oven to knock your socks off. The best part about it is that you don’t even need a bread machine to make this at home. If you’re not a fan of raisins, you can pick another dried fruit to add to the dough. Follow the video I made below, and you will be on your way to happiness in your belly in no time!
Try these recipes and let me know what you think! Send pics of what you make. I want to see how things are going.