The feast of the Irish-loved saint gained worldwide scope about 70 years ago. The celebration of St. Patrick's Day involves the serving of traditional dishes on the table
The day of memory of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick (389-461), is celebrated so long ago that this saint was not even officially canonized. In the X century, the Roman Catholic Church simply included his name in the calendar.
By the way, the full name of the saint is Patricius, or rather Patrick Magon Sukat. By nationality, he was not Irish, but was born in Britain in the family of a Roman official. Ironically, a British youth kidnapped by Irish pirates became Green Isle's educator and patron saint.
A hundred years ago, on March 17, all Irish pubs were closed, and good Catholics, instead of drinking beer in unlimited quantities, went to morning mass. The St. Patrick's Festival, which is held annually in Dublin, did not appear until 1955.
The famous costume parade, attended by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world every year, begins at Parnell Square at 10 :00, passes through the city center and ends at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, built in the 13th century on the very spot where the patron saint of the Green Island once baptized the inhabitants of Dublin.
Tired of the noisy holiday and entertainment on St. Patrick's Day, people go to listen to Gaelic songs and legends in local pubs or at various concerts of folk groups. And it is customary to reinforce one’s strength with national dishes like boxty potato pancakes. They are served with a variety of toppings and sauces or a traditional lamb stew with potatoes.
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Three Irish recipes from A Little Irish Cookbook
The famous Irish stew and vegetables
Cooking time3 hoursRecipe for 4 personsKitchenIrishType of dishMain dishesIngredients
mutton on the bone
to taste< p class="recipe-block-ingredients__row-wrapper-label">ground black pepper
to tasteCooking method1
Cut the lamb into fairly large pieces (it is better to choose the meat of an adult lamb, it is just appreciated for its peculiar taste and aroma). Peel the vegetables and chop coarsely. Chop the parsley.
In a pot with a tight-fitting lid, layer all the ingredients, beginning and ending with the potatoes. Pour in the water and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cover the pot and simmer over very low heat for about two and a half hours until the meat is tender. If you do decide to use lamb meat, it will take only an hour and a half to cook the dish.
Rate this recipe: Boxty Potato Fritters5.0
One of the most popular traditional Irish dishes
Preparation time1 hour Recipe for 4 persons Cuisine Irish Type of dish Pancakes, pancakes, cheesecakes Ingredients >mashed potatoes
milk of any fat content
0.5 cupCooking method1
Grate raw potatoes. Lay out on a cloth and wring out. Drain off liquid and excess starch. Mix with mashed potatoes, flour and melted butter.
Add some milk. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface.
Divide the potato dough into four parts, and then each part into four more parts. Form cakes and bake in a frying pan or in a saucepan with a thick bottom in lard. Serve with sour cream or sauce.
Rate this recipe:Dublin Lawyer Lobster5,0
Irish Lobster Recipe
Cooking time1 hourRecipe for 2 personsCuisineIrishType of dishMain dishesIngredients
refined vegetable oil
whiskey< /p>0.5 cup
any saltto taste
ground black pepper
to tasteMethod of preparation1
Clean and cut the lobster into large pieces.
Its meat fry in a pan in boiling oil, stirring constantly, for several minutes until cooked. Watch carefully so that it doesn't burn. Then add whiskey. When it is warm enough, we set fire to it.
Pour the burning meat with cream, leave it on the fire for several minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve in shell halves with a side of boiled beans.
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Published in March 2014, partially updated in March 2023