Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Partrick's Dinner "Happy St. Patricks"

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!  Enjoy this day with a traditional Irish dinner.  God bless!

Irresistible Irish Soda Bread
Source:  All Recipes
I baked my in a 8" round 3" high pan.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes 
Servings: 12  

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted

Optional:  1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (I soak mine in hot water for 15 minutes) discard water. 

Dust with powder sugar


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.

3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor. Makes a difference!

source:  Mama's Oven

Corn Beef/Savoy Cabbage braised in Beer/Horseradish and Gravy

Red Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes Medley with Lemon, Olive Oil and Oregano
Served with typical green salad, Soda Bread and some good Irish Beer!
Dinner is Served!!

This is my take on how I cook corn beef.  I usually buy the round eye corn beef which cost a little more from B.J.'s which is like a Sam's Club or Costco, but well worth it.  I add 1 cup of Irish beer or your favorite beer would be fine.   I add 1 Tablespoon of horseradish, 1 Tablespoon brown mustard, 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce to the cup of beer, pour on top of corn beef.  Slice savoy cabbage into 1/4 long slices add to roasting pan.  Cover tight with aluminum foil and bake in slow oven 340 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.

Take about 2 cups of juice after it is done cooking (cool down) then add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour, slowly whisk into the juices in a sauce pan on low heat and make a gravy.  Adjust seasoning (salt/pepper) if needed.  It is so delicious with the gravy. 

I take 2 medium size sweet potatoes 4 large red potatoes, peel, wash and rinse.  Cut them into even sizes.  Add a little more than 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil, juice of 2 lemons, salt, pepper, dried oregano, a little water about 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Toss and roast in low oven for about an hour.  While I am cooking the corn beef I lowered oven to about 330 degrees.  Check your potatoes while cooking every 20 minutes and move around with a spoon to make sure they are not sticking. Cook until fork tender. 

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