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Three Irish Recipes

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Original Post 3/17/2014 – I admit, I am not Irish. But it’s St. Patrick’s Day so I offer you a few of my favorite Irish inspired recipes. If it’s too late to have them tonight, maybe you can have one or all of them later this week. Or maybe you can just save them for next year.

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First off is my Loaded Potato Soup. Potato soup is so great for making in so many varieties. I think you’ll find my version of it nice. I use milk and broth and very little cream so it’s not overly filling. And it’s very fast to make! If you don’t have mashed potatoes on hand, you can chop up some potatoes and cook them for about ten minutes in the microwave. You’ll have dinner ready so fast!

igmpNext is some truly delicious Irish Guinness and Meat Pie. I used ground chicken but you can certainly use whatever meat you like. We have meat pie pretty regularly in our house. I like to grind some veggies into my pies. I will do whatever it takes to get veggies into my boys. They’ve stopped resisting. Resistance is, after all, futile.

bcsLast but far from least is Really Excellent Beer Cheese Soup. I have such fond memories of this soup. My mouth waters when I think about how great it tasted. You have to really like Guinness to appreciate this soup. If you have any doubt that anyone will not like the strong stout flavor of the Guinness, you can use something more like a pale ale. The longer it cooks, the more it mellows and the more the alcohol burns off. Really good stuff! I have no idea if Beer Cheese Soup has any Irish origin but I made it with Irish ingredients, so it’s Irish to me!

The last (and I mean it) snow of the season has been cleared from the driveways and walks. The kids are savoring the last hours of the last snow day, hoping that the aren’t in school until July because of it.

I should throw some Irish ditty in here but I don’t know any. So enjoy the recipes! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Really Excellent Beer Cheese Soup

It’s March and even though I am not a bit Irish, I want Irish food. Now in my defense, I have very fair skin and green eyes and have been mistaken for Irish many times. So every March, in honor of my imaginary Irish roots,  I buy Irish butter and cheese, serve bangers and mash and even have my annual Shamrock Shake, a decision I always regret. Just the shake. Nothing else. 
I have always loved beer cheese soup. It could be my Midwestern roots. So this year, I decided to get some Guinness and good aged Irish cheddar and make some seriously excellent beer cheese soup. 
I know I made this soup but I have to say, this is the World Cup of beer cheese soup. It’s the Irish Derby of beer cheese soups. I think it would win awards. But enough boasting. Here’s the recipe. Try it yourself. 
Really Excellent Beer Cheese Soup
2 TBSP olive oil
1 leek, chopped and rinsed
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 TBSP flour
1 12 oz bottle of Guinness
1 cup chicken broth
12 oz of milk or a combination of milk and half and half
1 TSP Worcestershire sauce
7 oz grated sharp cheddar, like Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar
1. Sauté leeks celery and garlic in olive oil until soft. 
2. Add flour and stir for a couple minutes. 
3. Add Guinness and stir until it thickens. Give it at least five minutes. Maybe more. 
4. Remove from heat and allow to cool and blend until smooth. 

5. Return to heat and add broth and milk and Worcestershire sauce. Allow to thicken for 5-10 minutes.

6. Gradually add cheese. Stir until the cheese is all melted. 
The faster you serve, the stronger the Guinness flavor.  I put it on simmer for a while to let the alcohol burn off.  After about an hour it mellowed considerably. Still a good flavor but not overwhelming. I have some great sour dough bread to go with this that I got at Great Harvest. (available Thursday’s in March at the Columbia, MD location). 
Serve topped with chopped scallions, maybe some chopped red pepper or some nice little crumbles of bacon. Irish bacon. 
Enjoy!