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From the Irish kitchen...

Chowhounds, they say we're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day...I know I become a convert each year and enjoy the festivities, especially many of the dishes in the Gaelic culinary repertoire...so I was wondering what some of your favorite Irish specialties are, traditional or not...

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  1. Kind of rediculous but I like Irish nachos. Thick steak cut fries with sour cream, bacon, and green onions.

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    1. re: Paul Weller

      WHY have I never heard of these? They sound awesome. And here in St. Louis, we are all about the Irish.

    2. I have a tiny little Irish cookbook, and one of my favorite recipes to make from there is a beef stew with Guinness. I also like colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage). I love soda bread bt haven't had any luck making it.

      When I went to Ireland they told me, "You won't like the food." But they were wrong. (Now, granted, it's been 22 years ago now, and I understand that Irish cuisine has come leaps and bounds since then.)

      But the best thing I remember having while I was there was a shepherd's pie in a pub. Came home and immediately tried to recreate it in my own kitchen, and didn't do too bad.

      Oh, and then there were the chips (french fries) with vinegar. We used to go to this little hole-in-the-wall place just off Parnell Street in Dublin, called the Kingfisher, and the first time I was in there the fellow who ran the place was taking a break. He had this big plate of chips, and started dumping vinegar all over them. Sheltered little small-town Kansas girl that I was at the time, I must have given him an incredibly funny look because he started laughing. Next time we were there I tried it myself, and was immediately converted.

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      1. re: revsharkie

        Agreed on the Guinness Beef Stew (or Lamb Shepherd's Pie), as well as my grandma's Irish Soda Bread (also with caraway, like im nomad's version)....which I'll need to make this weekend.

      2. I love colcannon. And I love irish soda bread with caraway, my recipe is more like a sweet loaf than a bread. great with lemon curd. Purity factories does a caraway biscuit that i love, but i'll no longer eat because it has lard :(

        We're all a little bit Irish where i come from (east coast of Newfoundland, the Cape Shore)

        1. What is the difference between Irish corned beef and Jewish kosher style corned beef? Tried to make one last year from Costco and it did not taste right to me (used to kosher style).

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          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            The difference? There's no such thing as an Irish corned beef. ;-) The only places you'll find that dreck in Ireland are places serving heavy tourist trade. I only saw it in one place there, and it was at the restraurant that all the tour buses stopped in a particular town.

            1. re: Diane in Bexley

              The Irish more traditionally had pickled pork - beef was mostly for export and dairy. When they came to North America, beef was widely available (outside the American South, which like Ireland was more pork-focused) and they switched to pickling beef. But the brine is very simple, not complex like Eastern European pickled beef. Jewish meat, of course, had to be from the front half of the steer (round is not a kosher cut of beef, but I digress), but the Irish were not so limited in choice of beef cuts.

              1. re: Karl S

                Someone watched Good Eats last night. ;-)

                The Irish, my ancestors and my husband's included, ate ham for celebrations. The cabbage was used to mask the scent of the ham from the wealthy land owners who didn't pay them enough to afford ham and would think they were overpaying the farmers if they got "caught" with ham, and the cabbage also served to cover the ham in the pot should the land owner come in and lift the cover of the pot.

                1. re: irishnyc

                  Well, actually, the pickled pork thing was something I had read long ago - and my grandmother grew up in a dairy farm in poorer-than-dirt-poor County Leitrim in the late 1800s. Cattle were for butter, not for eating. Pigs were for eating - pigs can take care of themselves, and grow within a season; much more efficient for meat than cattle.

            2. Mr. HR and I will be making some Shpeherd's Pie and probably an Irish Soda Bread. He is Irish and we live in NY so we will be at the parade!