Food Marriage Favorites for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s day is tomorrow!  I know I still need to run out to the store to pick up a few things for a yummy corned beef and cabbage dinner.  So you certainly still have time to run out to pick up a few things to make some of these delicious Food Marriage Favorites for St. Patrick’s day!  All of these have been featured in the past on the blog, but they are SOO good I thought I would re-share some of them!

Irish Soda Bread: Recipe found here.

Irish Soda Bread Food Marriage

Beer Pretzel Rolls: Recipe found here.

Beer Pretzel Rolls Food Marriage

Corned Beef & Cabbage: Recipe found here

Cabbage Food Marriage

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Irish Potatoes: Recipe found here.

Irish Potatoes Food Marriage

 

What is your favorite thing to eat on St. Patrick’s Day!?

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Colcannon: Traditional Irish Recipe for Halloween!!

When flipping through “The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook,” I was surprised to find a Halloween recipe!  I found a recipe for Colcannon, which is a traditional Irish dish of creamy mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage that is often served at Halloween.  It is said that the cook would often hide a lucky charm or a coin in the Colcannon and whoever would find it would have good luck and good fortune!  There’s also a legend out there that say that a girl would put some colcannon into a stocking, hang it on the front door and whoever would come through the door next would become her husband!!

When I made my Colcannon last night, I definitely did not put any into a stocking on the door…I already have my husband and he might think I was crazy if I did something like that!!  I also didn’t hide any lucky charms in our meal because we already feel like the luckiest people in the world to have each other! Instead, we just enjoyed this surprisingly delicious food along with a roast!
Colcannon Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cups light cream
  • Half of a small cabbage
  • 6 scallions
  • Salt and Pepper
Directions:
  • Wash and peel your potatoes.
  • Once peeled, cut potatoes into cubes.
  • Add potatoes into a pot of water on the stove.
  • Turn stove on high and bring to a boil.  Continue boiling until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain potatoes and add into a mixer.
  • Turn mixer on medium to mash potatoes.
  • Add in your butter and cream and continue mixing well.
  • Cut your cabbage in half (you will only use one half of it).
  • Cut the half that you are using into half again and then cut both pieces into thin shreds.
  • Cook the cabbage in a large pot of boiling salted water for about 3 minutes.
  • Drain cabbage and then add to the potatoes and mix well.
  • Finely chop your six scallion sand stir into the potato/cabbage mixture.
  • Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Hide your lucky charm at this point if you would like and serve!!

Happy Halloween!!!

ONE Year Ago: Cooking Inspiration: Julia Child
 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Irish Potatoes Recipe

I have made this recipe for Irish Potatoes every year around St. Patrick’s day for as long as I can remember.  It’s been in the family for years and is a great recipe to pass along quickly to someone because it has so few ingredients!  For anyone that has never had an Irish Potato, it is not actually a potato, although it may look like a tiny version of one.  It is a deliciously sweet dessert/ candy treat!

Irish Potatoes Food Marriage

After making my annual batch this year, I decided to do some research on where this confection originated.  (Definitely not in Ireland).  I was very surprised to find that it started out right here locally and became a Philadelphia-area tradition over 100 years ago!  WHO KNEW!?!?  One of the largest distributors, if you’re looking for a store-bought version, is Oh Ryan’s based out of Linwood, PA.  In my research, I also found many different recipes, with varying ingredients.

But I can proudly say that I stand by my family recipe!!!!!  My recipe is far more tasty than any other recipe or store-bought version out there!!!!!!!  Check out my recipe for Irish Potatoes and let me know what you think!  The luck of the Irish to you!

Irish Potatoes

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 45-50 Irish Potatoes

Irish Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of confectioner's sugar (aka powdered sugar)
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (I just cut an 8 oz block in half)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 (7 oz) bag of shredded coconut
  • Ground Cinnamon (I took a 1 oz container and ended up using about 1/2 of it)

Instructions

  • Be sure to let your cream cheese sit out for a bit to let it soften.
  • Place your cream cheese in your mixer and slowly add in the confectioner's sugar a little at a time along with the vanilla extract.
  • Once fully blended, add in your coconut and mix again.
  • Taking small chunks, roll into small balls. (They do not have to be perfect ball shapes; I actually like making them different sizes/shapes and more into realistic-looking potato shapes.)
  • Roll all of your balls into cinnamon. (Now they look like potatoes!!)
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve your sweet treat!
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The number of Irish Potatoes this recipe will yield will depend on the size you make them. With this recent batch, it made about 45 potatoes!  They are perfect for sharing!!!  My husband and I will be able to take them to both of our works AND still have leftovers at home!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage