Traditional Irish Pub Food Recipes

June 17, 2015


If you’ve been following A Spicy Perspective, you may have noticed my fondness of quotes. In honor of Saint Paddy’s Day this Wednesday, I’ve listed a few Irish sayings that I think show true cultural personality!

May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whiskey,
but be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching
An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold on to one blade of
grass and not fall on the face of the earth.
May you be in heaven 1/2 hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
May those who love us, love us.
And for those who don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he can not turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.

My husband and I have a Saint Patrick’s Day tradition that we have kept over the last ten years of marriage. We wear our Notre Dame sweat shirts (hubby’s a HUGE fan) and go to an Irish pub for lunch. I’ll be the first to admit it’s a corny little ritual…but we always look forward to it!

Irish food is often thought of a bland because the most common dishes are prominently potatoes and cabbage. Traditional Irish cuisine usually falls under two categories: farmer fair and pub grub. With humble roots, Irish dishes do tend to be simple, but can be quite flavorful and comforting. This week I hope to introduce you to a few Irish dishes that can hold their own on the dinner table.

One of the most familiar Irish dishes is Bangers and Mash. This consists of Irish style pork sausage links and rustic “smashed” potatoes. I like to pump up the flavor in this dish by boiling the bangers in beer and adding whole-grain mustard and dubliner cheese to the mash. For the beer, choose something you would drink because the gravy will have a concentrated beer flavor. If not a beer drinker–choose a light beer or substitute beef stock. Dubliner cheese melts smoothly and has bold flavor. It combines the sharpness of aged cheddar and the nutty essence of swiss or parmesan cheese. If you can’t find it–substitute any good melting cheese.

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