Irish Meals


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The Irish are famous worldwide for their love of food and delicious home cooked meals. Read a selection of traditional Irish recipes for authentic Irish meals including Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Colcannon, Bacon and Cabbage, Gluten Free Irish Meals, Irish Coffee - Desert Liqueur

Did you know that Corned Beef and Cabbage is not in fact a traditional Irish meal? The dish was originally made with boiled bacon and cabbage! Irish emigrants to America found that bacon was expensive and substituted the bacon for corned beef which was much cheaper and tasted just as good!

English: Irish Meals Irish: gaelach béilí

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Irish Meals - History
In the 19th century, the potato featured in most Irish meals. 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 meals. 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.

Picture of a Traditional Irish Cauldron or Pot
traditionally used for cooking Irish Meals

Irish Meals  - Gluten Free Irish Meals
Unfortunately many traditional Irish meals are not gluten free but the recipes 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 meals! Potato Starch is a great example of a gluten free additive and is particularly useful for home made soups.

Irish Meals - Irish Stew Recipe
Irish stew is a great dish to serve on a cold winters evening! Try cooking the stew 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 Meals - Beef Stew - Ingredients

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

Irish Meals - Beef Stew - Method

  • Put the meat in a large saucepan

  • Sprinkle the mixed spice over the meat

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

  • 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 Meals - Irish Stew

Irish Meals - Irish Stew


Irish Meals - Corned Beef and Cabbage
This traditional Irish recipe is unfortunately not really a traditional Irish dish at all! It is popular among many people of Irish descent but its history only dates back to the Irish emigrants to North America and Canada. In an attempt to recreate the traditional Irish dish of bacon and cabbage, the Irish emigrants substituted bacon for corned beef. Although corned beef was available in Ireland it was often too expensive for the Irish natives. Once they settled in America, they discovered that the salt used to preserve the beef and the beef itself was much cheaper than back home in Ireland, hence the invention of the 'traditional' recipe of Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Irish Meals - Corned Beef and Cabbage - Ingredients

1 onion (medium)
4 large potatoes
1 pound baby carrots
3 cups water
3 chopped garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper
3lb corned beef
1 cabbage

Irish Meals - Corned Beef and Cabbage - Method

  • Cut the onion into wedges

  • Cut the potatoes into quarters

  • Chop the carrots into small pieces

  • Cut the cabbage into quarters

  • Place the Carrots, potatoes and onion in a large casserole dish

  • Add the water, sugar, garlic, pepper, vinegar and bay leaf

  • Place the corned beef joint into the pan

  • Cover with cabbage

  • Cook until the meat is tender

  • Don't forget to remove the bay leaf!

Try cooking the ingredients in a slow cooker for a hassle free meal. Add other spice according to taste, all spice, mustard and marmalade are all ways to personalise this recipe as your own.

Picture of an Irish Cottage

Picture of a Traditional Irish Cottage

Irish Meals - Irish Coffee Recipe
Irish coffee is a great liqueur to serve at the end of any good Irish meal and is served in restaurants all over the world.

Irish Meals - Irish Coffee - Ingredients

  • A single measure of Irish Whiskey

  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar

  • 2 tbsp Double Cream

  • Large heatproof glass

  • 1 large cup of Strong black Coffee

Irish Meals - Irish Coffee - Method

  • Add the measure of Irish Whiskey and sugar to a large glass

  • Pour in the black coffee stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved

  • Fill the glass with coffee leaving approximately 1 inch at the top of the glass (need room for the cream)

  • Hold a spoon over the glass and gentle pour the cream over the rounded part of the spoon so the cream slides slowly on top of the coffee forming a layer on top.

  • Serve immediately!

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Irish Meals - Pictures and Videos
Discover the vast selection of different food from Ireland, easy and traditional Irish food recipes suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Including traditional Irish cuisine such as Bacon and Cabbage and Potato Cake. A step by step guide to ingredients and recipes. Delicious food from Ireland, the Irish people are renowned for their love of good food. The pictures bring to life the different dishes that are associated with this amazing country. A great resource for all ages. Useful as a resource for kids and children of all ages particularly useful for teaching your children to cook authentic Irish cuisine. The videos enable fast access to the images and pictures together with information and lots of examples of different food recipes All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the about Ireland Index - a great fun resource for everyone!


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