Irish Dishes


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The Irish have created some amazing yet delicious dishes from simple ingredients such as the potato and other vegetables including carrots, turnips and cabbage. These dishes can be easily recreated all over the world. In this section we have included a selection of different recipes for delicious Irish Dishes including: Irish Lamb Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Colcannon, Bacon and Cabbage, Gluten Free Irish Dishes, Irish Coffee, Desert Liqueur.

Read a selection of facts about the history of Irish cooking, we have also included a photograph of a 19th century fireplace including authentic cooking pots used.

English: Irish Food Dishes
Irish: Bia gaelach

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Irish Dishes - History
In the 19th century, the potato featured in many Irish dishes. Oats were also popular as were home grown produce such as carrots, turnips, onions and cabbage. Many people kept pigs and chickens. Eggs and pork were also featured in many Irish dishes. During the 20th century processed food and imports from other countries meant the Irish had much more choice in their diet. The picture above shows a typical Irish fireplace from the 19th century with the actual cooking pots used. The centre of the picture shows a small stack of turf which the Irish people used (and many still use today)  for fuel and heat. Turf comes from peat bogs, the Irish cut and dried the turf during the summer months and stored them for use during the colder months for heating and year round as fuel for cooking. Ireland is surrounded by amazing coastline and its waters produce a huge variety of fish making seafood a popular choice for both locals and tourists. Amazing seafood restaurants appeared featuring lobster, crab, monkfish, salmon as well as freshwater fish such as trout.

Irish Dishes  - Gluten Free Irish Dishes
Unfortunately many traditional Irish dishes are not gluten free but they can be adapted to suit those on a gluten free diet. Soda Bread can be made with gluten free flour and other dishes such as soups and stews can be made gluten free. It is important to check the labels of any additives added to food as well, many thickening agents also contain gluten. Gluten-free flour can be made from almonds, rice or corn for example. Gram flour is also a suitable alternative to normal flour which is made from wheat which contains gluten.  Corn starch or eggs are ideal additives to soda bread, they act as a rising agent and give the bread its fluffy texture. Potatoes are gluten free, this is particularly good news as the potato features in many Irish dishes! Potato Starch is a great example of a gluten free additive and is particularly useful for home made soups.

Irish Dishes - Irish Lamb Stew Recipe
Irish stew is a great dish to serve on a cold winters evening! Try cooking the lamb in a slow cooker, simply add the ingredients in the morning and it will be cooked to perfection when you return from work, delicious! Serve with warm homemade wheaten bread with lots of Irish butter, perfection!

Irish Dishes - Lamb Stew - Ingredients

1lb lean cubed lamb
1lb carrots
1lb onions
1lb potatoes
salt & pepper
pinch of mixed herbs

Irish Dishes - Lamb Stew - Method

  • Put the lamb in a large saucepan

  • Sprinkle the mixed spice over the lamb

  • Fill the pan with enough cold water to cover the lamb

  • Bring slowly to the boil

  • Simmer for an hour

  • Add peeled and chopped potatoes, carrots and onions

  • Season with salt and pepper

  • Continue cooking until meat and vegetable are soft

  • Serve with warm home made wheaten bread or cabbage

Irish Stew is also made with Mutton. Mutton is meat from a sheep that is over a year old. It has a stronger flavour than Lamb, some feel it is also fattier than using Lamb.

Irish Dishes - Bacon and Cabbage
Bacon and Cabbage is a truly authentic Irish dish, the bacon is often substituted with corned beef particularly in America and Canada where corned beef and cabbage is a very popular dish amongst those of Irish heritage.

Irish Dishes - Bacon and Cabbage - Ingredients

Large Piece of Back Bacon, smoked or un-smoked (according to personal taste)
1 large cabbage

Irish Dishes - Bacon and Cabbage - Method

  • Place the meat in a pot (large enough for the meat and cabbage that will be added later)

  • Cover the meat with cold water and bring to the boil

  • Simmer for 30 minutes per pound of meat

  • cut the cabbage into quarters and add to the pot

  • Simmer for 30 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked (vary cooking time according to personal taste)

  • Drain and serve with boiled or mashed potatoes

  • Can also be served with Carrots and/or Turnips

Irish Dishes - Irish Pound Cake
A simple yet delicious dish, Irish pound cake can be made with or without alcohol according to taste. It is a great dish for St Patrick's day treat!

Irish Dishes - Irish Pound Cake - Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter
8 oz soft cream cheese
6 large eggs
2 cups caster sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
Pinch of All Spice
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Single Measure of Irish whiskey (or double if you prefer a stronger whiskey taste)

Irish Dishes - Irish Pound Cake - Method

  • Preheat an oven to 350 F

  • Grease and flour a round cake tin (ideally use a tube pan but this is not essential)

  • Combine the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy

  • Gradually add the sugar until well blended

  • Slowly add the eggs one by one ensuring each one is completely blended before adding the next one

  • Beat in the 2 tablespoons of flour with the final egg

  • Stir in the remaining 2 cups flour until just combined

  • Add the Allspice and Vanilla essence

  • Pour in the Whiskey

  • Add the mixture to the cake tin

  • Cook for approximately one hour

  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from tin

  • Place onto a wire rack

Irish Dishes - Pound Cake

Irish Dishes - Pound Cake


Irish Dishes - Colcannon

Colcannon is a fantastic accompaniment to any meal. It goes well with both meat and fish dishes. Traditionally this great Irish dish was served with even more butter but as there is already a lot of butter in this dish it its not really the most healthy choice! Traditionally, a little hole was made in the centre of the potatoes and a knob of butter was added, each spoonful of mashed colcannon could then be dipped in the butter.

Irish Dishes - Colcannon - Ingredients

1.5 kg potatoes
150g butter
210g sliced bacon (chopped)
1 Savoy cabbage or curly kale  (shredded)
225 ml double cream
100mls Milk

Irish Dishes - Colcannon - Method

  • Peel the potatoes and cut in half

  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan of water and boil for 20 minutes

  • Melt 55g of the butter in a saucepan

  • Add the bacon and half of the Savoy cabbage or Curly Kale to the butter and cook for approx 6 minutes

  • Turn off the heat and put the pan to one side

  • Drain potatoes

  • Add the milk and mash potatoes until they are smooth

  • In a separate saucepan heat the cream (do not boil)

  • Add the warm cream to the potato and mix well

  • Add the bacon and cabbage mixture

  • Season with salt and pepper

  • Garnish with chopped parsley if required

  • Irish Dishes - Colcannon

    Irish Dishes - Colcannon

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