Take a look at some of the most popular Irish eats and treats!
Although not as popular now as they once were, crubeens remain an important part of traditional Irish cuisine. Crubeens are simply pigs trotters which are slow cooked until tender and served with potatoes or vegetables. Because of the amount of bones in pig trotters the meat is usually eaten with the fingers.
Soda bread has long been an Irish favourite. Rather than using yeast as a leavening agent soda bread uses bicarbonate of soda. The reaction between the bicarbonate of soda and the acid in buttermilk (another core ingredient) are what cause the soda bread dough to expand during cooking. The type of flour used to make soda bread varies between the Irish regions, and some areas include raisons in the recipe.
Carrageen Moss Pudding
If you’re looking for a traditional Irish dessert than this is it! Carageen moss pudding is very similar in texture to blancmange and only has four ingredients. Cold milk, lemon rind, sugar and carrageen moss are combined, heated and sieved before being chilled and turned out like a jelly!
Irish colcannon is basically the Emerald Isle’s equivalent of English bubble and squeak. It’s simply potatoes mashed and mixed with kale/spring greens and butter and is a traditional accompaniment to a huge variety of Irish meals. If scallions (spring onions) are added to the potatoes instead of kale/spring greens colcannon becomes Irish champ.
Guinness is a dry Irish stout which has become so popular around the world that it now stands as an icon for the nation. A special feature of Guinness is its thick white head. To achieve the perfect head on a pint of Guinness the manufacturers recommend a ‘double-pour’ method. If you use this method it takes almost two minutes to pour one pint!
Irish stew is not only the country’s national dish but also the ultimate Irish dinner – hearty, warming and full of flavour. Traditionally mutton would be used but nowadays most recipes list lamb.
The Irish coffee came to fame in the first half of the 20th century and remains widely popular today. To make an Irish coffee hot coffee is mixed with sugar and whiskey and topped with whisked or thick cream. Today there are lots of variations on this classic beverage which incorporate different spirits and flavourings.
Irish tea brack
In Ireland tea brack is a rich, fruit filled bread flavoured with cold tea and nutmeg. Whisky can also be added to the mixture for an extra kick. It’s usually served with butter and is typically accompanied by a cup of tea!