There is so much more to Irish cuisine than corned beef. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by serving Irish fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Better come hungry, Irish food is not for lightweights in the appetite department. Lots of meat and potatoes with Irish stout and thick slices of buttered bread.
Let’s start our festive day with my Corned Beef Hash recipe. This is my husband’s favorite breakfast, served with overly easy eggs and rye bread. Guinness Black Lager gives corned beef a rich malt flavor and it’s super easy to prepare in your slow cooker.
GUINNESS BLACK LAGER SALTED BEEF HASH
Makes 6 hearty servings
Place raw corned beef brisket (about 2 pounds) in a slow cooker. Top with Guinness Black Lager (2-3 bottles) and sprinkle with the spice packet included in the corned beef package. Cook on high power for 4 hours or until the corned beef can be easily cut with a knife. Turn off the heat and let cool. Cut the corned beef into small cubes (remove the fat) and set aside.
1 small onion, diced
24 fingerling potatoes, cut into thin slices
4 ounces of butter (+ more butter if necessary)
freshly ground black pepper
Rye bread, whole wheat or French bread
Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté until the onions are transparent and begin to brown. Add the fingerling potatoes and distribute evenly across the bottom of the pan. Cook over medium heat until the potatoes are tender and lightly browned. Add more butter if necessary to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the pan. Sprinkle the potatoes with freshly ground black pepper. Add the corned beef cubes and toss to combine all the ingredients. Keep the potato and onion mixture warm while preparing the eggs.
Prepare too easy / medium or poached eggs to serve with corned beef mince and serve with your favorite type of toast.
Did anyone say “Irish Nachos”? Layer thinly sliced roasted potatoes or chips with shredded Irish cheddar, bacon or corned beef, sauerkraut, sour cream and green onions and more cheese … broil in the oven until the cheese is melted and gooey… then watch them disappear! Especially good with a pint or two of Irish stout.
Always hungry? You bet! Take Bangers and Boxty for dinner. You’ve probably heard of bangers… sausages made from ground pork, fried until crispy. But what is boxty? Boxty is an Irish potato cake, made by combining mashed and grated potatoes, then fried on a hotplate. The taste is a delicious potato with a crispy texture like a pancake. It is the perfect accompaniment to many Irish dishes.
What delicious Irish food will you be serving on St. Patrick’s Day? Are you going to be lifting a pint or two while enjoying Irish food all day?