St. Patrick's Day is closing in fast, and while beer and Irish whisky might be on your mind, now's the time to be thinking about traditional Irish dishes as well. Stepping away from Americanized recipes, the 10 listed below are the real deal or an adaption thereof. So put away the green dye and try your hand at some authentic eats this year!
1. Rosemary and cheddar add a savory flair to Irish soda bread.
2. Bangers and mash with a Guinness gravy sounds like the perfect supper on a plate.
3. Not just a loaded potato, but a Shepherd's pie loaded potato!
4. Just because — Guinness.
5. The American version is corned beef and cabbage. The Irish version is bacon and cabbage.
6. What is it with the Irish adding Guinness to everything? Not that I'm complaining — a Guinness beef stew sure makes for a comforting dish.
7. Croissant bread and butter pudding — and maybe wash it down with a little Irish whisky? Almost as good as finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
8. A beautiful side and a way to mix up a simple mashed potato is colcannon, or mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale.
9. If you've never woken up to a traditional Irish breakfast, you're missing a feast. Most include Irish sausage/bacon, fried eggs, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, baked beans, potato farls, brown bread and hot tea to wash it all down.
10. And finally, the Dublin coddle, a beautiful, hearty dish similar to a beef stew but made with Irish bangers, bacon and vegetables.
It's only fitting to finish with an Irish toast:
May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you St. Patrick's Day.