Pour the green beer, St. Patty’s Day is almost here!
March 17th is a huge day for bars and restaurants as consumers look to celebrate the Irish holiday with green flare and lots of beer. But beer isn’t the only way to get into the Irish spirit. Here are a few traditional (and not so traditional) recipes to unleash your inner leprechaun.
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 ¼ cups milk
¼ teaspoon mint extract
9 drops green food coloring
Blend and top with whip cream, chocolate syrup and green, decorative sugar
This delicious, kid-friendly treat is a St. Patrick’s Day tradition for many, and sure to inspire the spirit of the holiday.
St. Michael’s Irish Americano
Warm up with this Irish Coffee fitted to the American palette.
1 ½ oz. espresso coffee
1 ½ oz. Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
6 oz. hot water
Top with whip cream
A hearty classic. Every Irish household has their own version of this stew. Start with this, and add ingredients to suit your personal taste.
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 lbs. boneless lamb shoulder cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black better to taste
1 large onion, sliced
2 carrots peeled and cut into large chunks
1 parsnip, peeled and cut into large chunks
4 cups water
3 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup coarsely chopped leeks
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- Heat oil over medium heat in large stockpot or Dutch oven. Add lamb pieces and cook, stirring gently, until evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add onion, carrots, and parsnips and cook gently alongside meat for a few minute. Stir in water. Cover and bring to a boil before turning the heat down to low. Simmer for 1 hour or longer, depending on the cut of meat you used and if it’s tender yet.
- Stir in potatoes and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes before adding leeks and rosemary. Continue to simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender but still whole. Serve piping hot in bowls garnisheed with fresh parsley.
Guinness and Chocolate Cheesecake
Get that sweet tooth fix with this chocolatey Irish masterpiece.
1 cup crushed chocolate cookies
¼ cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons white sugar
¼ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
½ lb. semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup sour cream
1 pinch salt
¾ cup Irish stout beer (i.e. Guinness)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 oz. semisweet chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 inch springform pan with butter.
- Combine crushed cookies, butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and cocoa in a small bowl; mix and press into the bottom of pan.
- Place cream cheese in a large bowl and beat with electric mixer on a low speed until smooth. Add 1 cup sugar and eggs while beating.
- Combine chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Beat chocolate in cream cheese mixture. Add sour cream, salt, beer and vanilla. Blend until smooth, then pour mixture over the crust. Place the pan into a large, deep baking dish. Fill the dish with water to cover the bottom half of the springform pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, then turn oven off and leave cheesecake there with the door slightly ajar for another 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven, run knife along edge of cheesecake to loosen from pan, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
- Melt semisweet chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. Make chocolate clovers by dropping 3 small drops of the melted chocolate close to one another on waxed paper, drag a toothpick from between two dots outward to make the stem; chill until hardened. Arrange chocolate clovers on top of chilled cheesecake for decoration.
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You may also like our blog on the history of St. Patrick’s Day.