It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day!
I’m excited. Can’t you tell? Kiddo didn’t go see her mom or siblings over the weekend so we decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day since her father and I will be celebrating all day long on Tuesday while she goes to school and hangs out with grammie and/or her friends.
Normally we enjoy corned beef and cabbage or what we call around here, Boiled Dinner. It’s a family tradition from my mom and her parents. We also make Irish Soda Bread.
Corned beef (brisket) is expensive. Normally I am on top of things and I take a 45 minute drive to a store that sell it year-round at discount. I buy a few and freeze them for when the mood strikes. Sometimes I cook the meat without the ‘corned’ seasoning packet and just have simple brisket. I haven’t had a chance to get out that way and the few stores around here are selling these really small pieces for $20. Ummmm no. That is just not going to happen.
When we got snowed-in up in Traverse City, we did manage to make our way down the road to stop in at the market for some snacks. I picked up this little Irish Pub Food recipe booklet. That is where the two recipes I am sharing come from.
Irish Stout Chicken
The Irish Stout Chicken I ended up cooking a little different from what the recipe directions said to do. I didn’t have the right size pan. So, I fried the chicken in the pan as directed, then I put the chicken on a baking sheet and baked it in the oven. We love twice-baked chicken (I have to make the legs and thighs twice baked otherwise I can’t get past the texture) so this wasn’t a big deal. I left the chicken juices and oil in the bottom of the pan and continued to make the recipe as directed. Then when the chicken was done and had that nice crispy layer that we like, I transferred it back to the pan for a bit so it could absorb some of the flavors from the vegetables and seasoning.
Husband loved this whole recipe. Kiddo loved the chicken. She wasn’t a fan of the parsnips though. But that’s ok, she loves so many other vegetables I am not going to complain. She did eat the carrots and peas.
Irish Stout Chicken ~ Twice Baked
- 2-4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2-3 lbs chicken legs and thighs my recipe in this post had 3 thighs and 6 legs
- 5 carrots sliced
- 2 parsnips sliced
- thyme a few shakes from the shaker
- salt to your tastes
- pepper to your tastes
- 1 cup Irish Stout I actually used Guinness Draught
- 8 small mushrooms sliced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a large skillet heat the vegetable oil.
- Add the onion and garlic. Cook on medium-low until tender.
- Remove from pan, put into bowl and set aside.
- Add vegetable oil to the same pan.
- Add chicken in a single layer.
- Brown on all sides. Around 5-7 minutes each side.
- Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet. Do not drain or clean pan.
- Place chicken in oven.
- Using the same pan add the onion mixture, parsnips, carrots, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Then add the stout, bringing it all to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and peas.
- Cover and cook another 10 minutes.
- Because we like the twice baked taste of the chicken, we let our chicken cook while we were making the rest of the recipe. You can take yours out sooner (when the meat thermometer says it is done.)
- Remove chicken from oven and place in the pan. Stirring the juice and vegetables around and on top of the chicken.
- Allow to simmer together for about 5 minutes.
- Plate the chicken and serve.
Leek and Chive Champ
Champ is the cousin to mashed potatoes or the step sister to Colcannon. Champ is native to Norther Ireland (think Belfast.)
This Leek and Chive Champ wasn’t made by the books. I tend to do that a lot. I purchased the leeks with the idea I was going to make a batch of potato leek soup and then use the rest of the leeks for this recipe. I kept putting it off and then my poor leeks started to look a little worse for wear. I stuck them in a cup of water and when I got a bit of time I went ahead and sliced them up; cooking them according to the recipe instructions. I then put them in a container and saved them in the fridge until I was ready to make the champ. Then I sort of boiled the potatoes, mashed them and added the chives / green onions and warmed up leeks.
The original recipe called for 3 potatoes and 2 leeks. We used 4 potatoes and 3 leeks. I would change it though. Kiddo wasn’t a fan. It was to onion-y for her. She likes leeks but it was a little too much for her in the potatoes like this. Hubs was the same way. I actually liked it, but felt we could cut the leeks down. So, for next time, I am going to do 5 medium potatoes and maybe 1 – 2 leeks. I would suggest the same for you, too. Unless of course you really like leeks 😉
Leek & Chive Champ
- 4-5 medium russet potatoes peeled and diced
- 6 tbsp butter divided
- 2 large leeks trim off the really dark tops. We want the light green and white parts only. Sliced.
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives we use green onions, about 3 stalks
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 cup prepared French fried onions
- In a medium stock pot or dutch oven add a tbs of butter and the leeks.
- Cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
- Put on a plate or in a bowl and set aside.
- Using the same pot add the potatoes.
- Cover with cold water until the water is about 2 inches above the potatoes.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and continue cooking for another 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Drain and return to pan.
- Use a masher to mash the potatoes or a hand mixer if you prefer.
- Add milk, 2 tbs butter, chives (or green onions) and leeks. Use a wooden spoon or plastic spatula to mix. Folding ingredients into each other.
- Divide champ into bowls or serve on plate.
- Use a spoon to make a dip in the middle. Divide remaining butter so it will melt into a pool in the center of the potatoes.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle the French fried onions on top.
Irish Soda Bread
The last few times we’ve made soda bread I have used my standard recipe of equal parts whole wheat flour and white flour. I find that this helps me with less stomach distress and helps to keep the glycemic index a little lower. We were out of whole wheat flour, so this is my other traditional recipe. My husband favors this recipe the most. He says it also reminds him of traditional Viking bread. It reminds me of the bread they eat in the Hobbit and LOTR movies. I guess, in theory it is probably the same 😉 I also love cooking mine in the cast iron skillet. It just seems to work better than a round pan.
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- Dried Herbs
- rosemary leaves
- caraway seeds
- Preheat oven to 450.
- Put 1 tbsp of vinegar into the cup of milk and set aside. This is homemade ‘spoiled’ milk.
- In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the spoiled milk.
- Form into a ball. If your dough is too dry, add a splash of milk and a drop of vinegar at a time.
- Put into a pan and form into a round shape.
- Don’t forget to cut a cross in it and bless the bread!
- Then sprinkle the dry herbs on top.
- You will cook at 450 for 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 400 and cook another 15-20 minutes.
What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day; any special meals?
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I am not familiar with traditional Irish foods, but I would love to try some one of these days. It all sounds so good.
I have not had too many Irish foods before. Thanks for all the recipes.
Robin Masshole Mommy says
Considering that I live in Boston, which is basically mini Ireland, I can’t believe I haven’t had more Irish foods.
I love how festive these dishes are! I really want to try that Champ!
For St. Patrick’s Day, we usually walk across the street to my mother in law’s for a Reuben sandwich. I can’t stand Reuben sandwiches so I just may have to stay home and make the Irish Stout Chicken. That sounds sooooo good!
lisa @bitesforbabies says
This food looks great…it reminds me of the days when I lived in London, England. I miss pub life, lol!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
These recipes look amazing. I’ve only ever heard of Soda Bread. Thanks so much for sharing the other two recipes. They look absolutely delicious!
These recipes look delicious. I’ve never heard of the chicken, but that’s the first one I’m going to try. It looks divine.
Terri Ramsey Beavers says
All of these dishes look amazing. I have never cooked anything special for St. Patricks day and I’m starting to feel like a grinch. I need to do something at least. Anything.
I need to make that Irish soda bread! I love Irish soda bread but I rarely make it.
Chubskulit Rose says
Thanks for sharing these yummy recipes. I would love to try that Irish Stout chicken someday, t looks so yummy!
It all looks delicious, including the Irish bread. I’ll make my husband a homemade Reuben for St. Pat’s day. He loves them. I want your bread!
Liz Mays says
These all sound really good and look sufficiently Irish!! I need to try to make that soda bread.
Love Irish Soda Bread. Well, I love many Irish recipes so I am going to try your stout chicken as well.
Nina Say says
I would definitely attend a party where I get to try these foods. They all look so good, how would I choose?
winifred jac says
never had irish food. looks great though. and i love carbs (so bad) so i would totally try that bread.
Kori Tomelden says
I’ve never had them, but I’ve always wanted to try Leeks. Irish Soda Bread, on the other hand, I could eat that all day long.
omg this chicken sounds pretty delicious!!!! I know I won’t get to this before st.pattys day but definitely need to pin so I can try myself!!! Yum!!!
Yum! I don’t think I’ve ever had traditional Irish food before. I’m really not sure why, this all looks amazing!
Yolanda @ Seeing It Their Way says
I usually only wear green on St Patricks Day. It seems like I am missing out by not delving deeper into the Irish traditions including these recipes.
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
Oddly enough I have not yet tried Irish Soda Bread. I have totally got to get on that! My first name is of celtic origin! 😉
vanessa: briteandbubbly says
I have not eaten much Irish food in my day, but these would be so perfect to try tomorrow for St. Patricks. I’d love to try them.
I was going to go all out but the day slipped up on me and now I won’t be. I do think it’s fun to celebrate though. 🙂
My, my, my…looks amazing! Forget cooking it, I’m comnig over!
Megan @mnmspecial says
I’ve never twice baked chicken legs and thighs, but I’m totally doing it now because I’m not a fan of the texture either. Thanks for sharing these recipes. I might forgo my thoughts of corned beef hash for this.
Looks like quite a spread there. it all looks so yummy
Ashleigh Walls says
Thanks for sharing this! My boyfriend and I make corned beef and cabbage and have talked about switching it up, these would be great ideas.
Tammilee Tips says
This sounds like a great addition to Corned beef! It’s one of my husbands favorite meals!
Elizabeth O. says
It’s so cute to see preparations for St. Patrick’s Day! Those dishes look super delicious!
We’ve never had chicken on St. Patrick’s day – I’m going to see if my husband would like this tonight!
We never have chicken on St. Patrick’s Day – I’m going to see if my husband would like this for a change this evening! Delicious 🙂
I wasn’t sure what I was going to prepare for my family to celebrate,but these all look so good! We may have to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all week.
The Hubs has gotten really good at making Irish Soda Bread. Other than that we made some shamrock cookies with the kids this past weekend.
The recipes sound so good. I really love Irish soda bread!
Now I am feeling bad that we are just having corned beef and cabbage for dinner. These recipes look much more impressive than what I’ll be serving lol!
Alyssa C says
These recipes sounds amazing! I usually stick to Corned Beef and Cabbage but I think its time to try something new!
Rachel Ferrucci says
These look so delish. I may be trying one for tonight!
Debbie Denny says
These all look great. Irish Soda Bread is awesome.
So many fantastic recipes for today that I wish I could try out. I’m not much of a cook so I think I’ll do something simple and tasty for the whole family to enjoy like the Irish soda bread.
Rachelle J says
These recipes look super yummy! My daughter had to get 2 teeth removed today so I will be making her a shamrock shake and some green mashed potatoes!
christina aliperti says
Everything looks so delicious. I love leeks and chives and anything cooked with irish stout! I am bookmarking this page for later, thanks!
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
We do not eat anything special for St. Patty’s Day. Not sure my picky family would eat this, but I would give it a try!
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
Thanks so much for the St. Patrick’s Day inspired feast! My children would love to try the soda bread! 😉
This all looks delious ! I haven’t tried many Irish dishes yet.
Yona Williams says
Out of all the recipes featured here, I would love to try the Leek and Chive Champ. That looks mighty tasty!
Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake says
That Soda Bread looks (and sounds) so much better than the stuff I’m used to at work! I need to find that cookbook – and hope there’s an English companion to it, also! 🙂
Bonnie @ wemake7 says
I normally do the corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes but for some reason I didn’t do anything this time around.=( These recipes look delicious.
Jesica H says
I am starting to realize I haven’t a clue what Irish food is haha. I have not had or even heard of many of these! The soda bread looks so good!
These recipes looked awesome! I definitely am going to try the Leek Chive Champ & Irish Soda Bread. Thanks for sharing!
I’m usually not a fan of chicken on the bone, but that Irish Stout chicken looks so good! Pinned it!
Modern Pilgrim Blog says
I’d love to make the Irish soda bread! It looks like something to eat year round.
valerie g says
Oh that looks really good. I have never tried it before. I will have to try this.
Lisa Landry says
We don’t do traditions on St Patricks and not familiar with the Irish foods but that chicken sure looked good!
I have never tried Irish bread before. I am going to give this recipe a try.
I love the taste of Irish pub food. You just gave me ideas on what to prepare for our next exciting family lunch. Hope to make the Irish soda bread right.
Everything looks so good! I’ve never tried Irish Soda bread before but have wanted to, so I’m going to make it soon!
Wow, everything looks amazing! Especially that Leek and Chive Champ….
Amby Felix says
This looks SO amazing! Nice to see a variety other than just corned beef for St. Patrick’s day! Yum yum!
Oh man this would’be been perfect for dinner on Tuesday. Thanks for sharing!
Cara (@StylishGeek) says
I do not have a lot of Irish recipes so your post is a welcome treat! Thank you for sharing this! Now I have alternatives to just cooking Corned Beef and Cabbage. 🙂
All of this sounds so good! I love Irish pubs (and food)….so this is definitely my thing!
Debbie L. says
We love Irish Soda Bread – St Patty’s Day is special at our house – it is Dawn’s Birthday.
Happy belated birthday to Dawn!!!!
Shannon Gurnee says
These sound like some really yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing!
I’ve misplaced my copy of this book. Is there anyway you can share the Irish Lamb Stew recipe? I already have my lamb ready to go! Who publishes this book?
I found this book at the supermarket checkout line last year. It is currently packed away due to a recent move. Off the top of my head, I can’t remember who published it. But, here is a link to a great Irish Stew recipes : CLICK
I finally found my book. The last time I used the book I made the stew for my sister-in-law after she had a baby. Brilliant me decided to make her a copy of the recipe since she loved it. Naturally, I found it still in my copier!!