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ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER

Cream of Potato/Leek Soup
Lamb Stew
Soda Bread
Stuffed Baked Apples
Irish Coffee

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Cream of Potato/Leek Soup

3 tablespoons   Kerrygold butter
1 cup EACH   chopped onion and leeks (white part only)
1 cup   chopped celery
4 cups   peeled, diced potatoes (assorted varieties or just Yukon Gold)
4 cups   chicken broth
1   13-oz can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon   cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water
   Salt & Pepper
   Chopped chives  for garnish

Melt butter in a 4 qt. soup pot or sauce pan. Sauté onion, leeks and celery until onion is transparent. Add potatoes and chicken broth. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered for 30 minutes.

Puree solids and some of the liquid in a food processor and return puree to the  pot or use an immersion blender and puree the vegetables directly in the soup pot.

Add evaporated milk and cornstarch slurry, stirring constantly over low heat for about 10 minutes.  Taste soup and adjust by adding salt and pepper to your liking.

For serving,  garnish with chopped chives

Yield: 6 servings

       
     

Irish Lamb Stew

Many years ago I was given this recipe by an Irish neighbor who taught me that Irish Stew did not include carrots, but by all means, if you like carrots in your stew, just add 2 carrots, peeled, and cut into thick slices along with the onions.

 
3 pounds   lamb  (shoulder), cut into 1 ½-inch cubes (dry meat cubes with paper towel)
4 large   Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into thick slices
3 medium yellow onions, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 Tablespoons   finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon   dried thyme PLUS 2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon   salt
   Freshly ground black pepper
1½ cups   organic chicken broth
1½ Tablespoons* Kerrygold butter, softened and mixed with 1 tablespoon flour
2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley for garnish

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In an oven and stovetop proof 6 qt. stock pot or a cast iron Dutch oven, brown the lamb cubes lightly in a small amount of vegetable oil. Remove meat and wipe out any remaining oil in the pan.

Lightly butter the interior of the pot.  Arrange a layer consisting of one third of the amount of potatoes, meat, onions. Sprinkle a portion of the thyme and parsley, salt & pepper on each layer.  Repeat layering until all ingredients are used.

Add the chicken broth and cover the pot.  Bring the mixture to a boil on top of the stove. Transfer pot to the heated oven and cook for 1 ½ hours.   Fifteen minutes before the end of the cooking time, you can thicken the juices in the pan with a beurre manié (French term for softened butter and flour mixture) Let the stew cook another 10 minutes.  Remember to remove fresh thyme stems before serving.  Garnish each plate with additional chopped parsley.

Yield: 6 servings

*if you don't have a 1-1/2 Tablespoon size measuring spoon -   the equivalent is 4-1/2 teaspoons

       
     

Irish Soda Bread

This is the classic buttermilk soda bread with the familiar crumbly texture. The only deviation is the inclusion of golden raisins, which are a luxurious touch.

2 cups   all-purpose flour, scoop measured
2 tablespoons   sugar
1 teaspoon   baking powder
1 teaspoon   baking soda
¾ teaspoon   salt
4 tablespoons   butter, cut into small pieces
½ cup   golden raisins
1 cup   buttermilk

 Soda Bread recipe courtesy of "Judy Gorman's Breads of New England", by Yankee Books, 1988 (sadly this book is out of print - you're lucky if you have a copy!) See Judy's website:  www.vegetablegoddess.com
       
       
     

Stuffed Baked Apples

6   Apples (Granny Smith, Rome)
¼ cup EACH   orange marmalade, chopped walnuts, currants
2 cups   apple cider
2 Tablespoons EACH   butter and light brown sugar

Heat oven to 375°F.

Wash and core apples.  Using a paring knife, slightly enlarge the cavity of each apple to hold the filling.  Peel the upper half of each apple and place them upright in a baking dish. Fill each cavity with the marmalade mixture. Pour apple cider into the baking dish around the stuffed apples. Dot each apple with a teaspoon of butter and light brown sugar.  Place dish on the middle rack of the oven and bake for  40 - 45 minutes.  Occasionally baste sides of apples with juices in the pan during cooking. Yield: 6 servings

     

Irish Coffee

Brew your favorite regular coffee to the strength you enjoy.

In a tall glass with a loop handle made specifically for Irish coffee, or other tall insulated glass, pour in 1½ oz. of a good quality Irish whiskey like Jameson. Add a teaspoon of sugar if desired. Fill the glass with the brewed coffee leaving at least a 1-inch space at the top. Stir to combine whiskey and coffee. Carefully pour or spoon on top of the coffee, softly whipped heavy or whipping cream.

Yield: one Irish coffee

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