Traditional Irish Food


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Try a selection of delicious traditional Irish recipes, suitable for any occasion or family gathering. Why not teach your children how to cook a simple yet delicious treacle bread? In this section we have also included ingredients suitable for gluten free dishes so everyone can enjoy traditional Irish food! Our food recipes include Gluten Free Traditional Irish Food, Traditional Irish Beef Stew, Colcannon, Treacle Bread and Traditional Bacon and Cabbage

English: Traditional Irish Food

Irish: Traidisiúnta gaelach Bia

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Traditional Irish Food - History
The image above shows traditional Irish soda bread which would have been cooked in a fireplace similar to one shown in the picture below. Traditionally all cooking was done in the fireplace and various pots were used for cooking. Potatoes, Stews and Soups were cooked in large pots and soda bread was also cooked in the hearth. Pots were hung over the fire from a metal crane as seen in the image below. Soda bread was not cooked in an oven as it is today, instead the bread was placed in a pot with a lid and cooked over the glowing embers of a turf fire. The fireplace was the centre of the house, life revolved around the fireplace. The old Irish proverb ‘níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin’ literally means 'there's is no fireplace like your own fireplace' and the modern equivalent is 'There's no place like home'.

Traditional Irish Food was cooked in a fireplace
similar to the one shown in this image and using the pots
similar to those depicted above


Traditional Irish Food - Gluten Free Irish Meals
Unfortunately most traditional Irish food is 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 traditional 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 traditional Irish meals! Potato Starch is a great example of a gluten free additive and is particularly useful for home made soups.

Traditional Irish Food  - Bacon and Cabbage
The following traditional Irish recipe for bacon and cabbage is delicious and very simple to make. For a less salty taste, cook the cabbage separately. Try serving with Steamed vegetables and new potatoes for a modern take on this typically traditional dish.

Traditional Irish Food - Bacon and Cabbage - Ingredients

Large Piece of Back Bacon, smoked or un-smoked (according to personal taste)
1 large Cabbage
Potatoes, Carrots and Turnips (if required)

Traditional Irish Food - 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 Turnips


Traditional Irish Food - Irish Beef 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!

Traditional Irish Food - Irish Beef Stew - Ingredients

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

Traditional Irish Food - Irish Beef Stew - Method

  • Put the beef in a large saucepan

  • Sprinkle the mixed spice over the beef

  • 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


Traditional Irish Food - Treacle Bread
Treacle bread is made in the same way as traditional soda bread with the extra ingredient of treacle! Often the treacle is substituted with Molasses which is very similar, the choice between treacle or molasses is down to personal preference. Fruit is not usually added to treacle bread, again this is down to personal taste.

Traditional Irish Food - Treacle Bread  - Ingredients

1lb All purpose Flour
7fl ozs of Milk (buttermilk can be used according to taste)
2 tablespoons of Treacle or Dark Molasses
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon of Cream of Tartar
1/2 Teaspoon of ground Ginger
1 Teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda

Traditional Irish Food - Treacle Bread - Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200c

  • Heat the milk and Molasses (or treacle) in a saucepan

  • In a large bowl, sift in the flour

  • Add the sugar, salt, cream of tartar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda

  • Stir in the milk and molasses mixture until a soft dough is achieved

  • Lightly dust the work surface with flour and shape the dough into a circle shape

  • Using a large knife, cut a cross into the top of the bread (to achieve the result shown below)

  • Bake for approx 45 minutes

Serve warm buttered treacle bread with the essential pot of Irish tea, perfect!



Traditional Irish Food Image - Soda Bread

Picture of a Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Raisins


Traditional Irish Food - Colcannon
Colcannon is a fantastic accompaniment to any traditional Irish meal. It goes well with both meat and fish dishes. Traditionally this great Irish recipe 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.

Traditional Irish Food - 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

Traditional Irish Food - 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 Food - Colcannon

Irish Food - Colcannon

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