If you choose to forgo Irish Stew on Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, I have another suggestion for your dinner:
And Irish Soda bread: (See Recipe Below)
Because we always have Irish Stew, a beloved tradition in our home and also my home as a child, the stew is a must. I’ll share the recipe soon—-with biscuits on top! Superlative! However; after researching these (Irish)recipes the past couple of weeks, we have to say that our early “Irish Supper” the other evening was most unforgettable. I will certainly bookmark these dishes for next year, Lord willing.
Remarkably, the preparation for my early Irish dinner took only 40 minutes from start to finish! I fully understand the concept of soda bread. It’s basically a biscuit dough without the rolling out and cutting biscuits. The Irish are quite smart, you know!! You can whip up the dough in less than 5 minutes and deliver it to the oven for another 35 minutes. Whilst it’s baking away you have time to grill the salmon, peel and cook the potatoes, saute the onions and cabbage and turn on some Irish music and dance a jig while enjoying the ethnicity of Irish belongings. 🙂 I do have to wonder if St. Patty ate these three recipe items. Betcha he did in one form or another. Fish….spuds…..bread. About as basic as one can get, huh?
And during your prep time, please reflect on our dear Saint Patrick’s tool for telling the unbelievers of the Emerald Island about our God we worship: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Yes, he used that lovely plant, the shamrock, for his teaching tool. He brought the gospel (good news) to the people of Ireland…..for the first time. He brought Christianity to Ireland, and many became followers of Jesus Christ. You can read the remarkable true story of his life here.
How about you? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? The Christian life is priceless. I’m certain St. Patrick would tell you the same if he were here today. For more information click here: You’ll be glad you did.
Now…back to the meal:
For the Salmon:
I just simply grilled flash frozen salmon (thawed, of course) and basted with butter and lemon juice mixture. I sprinkled a little dill weed for garnish before serving. Served with tartar sauce. (Optional).
For the Colcannon recipe: (mashed potatoes with sauteed cabbage and onion), Click here.
And I have to tell you, we really enjoyed this dish. Quick, easy and full of flavor.
Now for the Irish Soda Bread Recipe:
- 4 C flour
- 1 T sugar
- 1 t salt
- 1 t baking soda
- 4 T butter
- 1 C raisins or currants (optional 3 T caraway seeds and omit raisins/currants)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1¾ C buttermilk (dry version optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- In large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda.
- Cut butter into flour mixture with pastry cutter. Add raisins.
- Make well in center of bowl, add buttermilk and slightly beaten egg. Stir
- Flour hands and gently knead dough right in the bowl to form a ball. The dough will be sticky
- Transfer dough to greased baking sheet, forming a nice round loaf.
- Score top of dough with serrated knife so that it looks like a big cross or x on top. This helps the center get thoroughly baked.
- After baked, brush with butter if desired. Serve with butter, jam or honey.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Now, what about dessert? A few suggestions…
Yum, yum, yum!