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Traditional Irish Recipes

In the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is typically celebrated with a dinner of corned beef and cabbage (and you already know how to make that). However, this is an Americanized dish and not traditional Irish table fare at all. In fact, you’re more likely to be served boiled bacon or sausages while visiting Ireland. Here we present the “real deal,” with some authentic, traditional recipes that truly represent the culture and spirit of the Irish people. Erin Go Brach!


Many recipes for this classic dish call for peeled potatoes. However, to the Irish, there is never a good reason to peel a potato!

2 pounds white potatoes (golden, if possible)
1 large cabbage
1 large white onion
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk or cream

Wash and dry potatoes, then cut them into chunks. Cut the onions and cabbage into bite-sized wedges. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, layer the potatoes, followed by the onions and cabbage. Add just enough water (or broth, if you wish) to cover. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are fork tender.

Mash the colcannon mixture. Add the butter and milk or cream and toss to blend. Serve hot.

More Traditional Irish Recipes....

Slow Roasted Pork Loin with Lemon, Garlic & Basil

Nettle Soup


Creamed Kale

Irish Soda Bread

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