Yearning to travel to Ireland, but not quite ready to book your travel yet? What’s a female traveler to do? We’ve got you. Take a virtual visit to the Emerald Isle when you make these delectable Irish recipes. And when you’re ready to book your travel, drop us a line – we’ll craft a life-changing travel experience for you.
Irish Entrees and Sides
Transport yourself straight to Ireland by making one of these traditional main courses.
Shepherd’s or Cottage Pie: Did you know your choice of ground meat changes the name of this delicious savory pie? Shepherds Pie consists of lamb cooked with a sauce and vegetables, then covered with mashed potato, while Cottage Pie substitutes ground beef for the lamb, with essentially the same vegetables and sauce. Either way, you can’t go wrong following Alton Brown’s recipe. Add a small side salad, a piece of warm crusty bread, and you have a fantastic repast. Pour yourself a pint of Guinness Stout or brew a cup of Irish tea, and you’ll feel like you’re in one of the warm, welcoming pubs that dot the Emerald Isle (and many countries around the world).
If you prefer delicious vegetarian fare, try this hearty vegetable cottage pie. Lentils and quinoa provide the protein punch rather than beef, and butternut squash, onion, and mushroom round out the vegetable contingent. And of course, add the side salad and warm crusty bread to round out your Irish repast.
If you’d rather cook with your Guinness, why not whip up this Irish recipe of Guinness Beef Stew? A traditional favorite in pubs around the world, this stew includes chuck roast or stew meat and a bottle or can of Guinness stout along with vegetables and spices. Serve it with Irish soda bread and a side of colcannon, and you’ll swear you’re in County Cork.
Irish folk know out-of-this-world desserts (or puddings) really make the meal. This Irish recipe for Dairy Cake is essentially a cream cheese poundcake. Delightful plain, the cake is heavenly with a bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur drizzled on top. And speaking of Bailey’s, several Irish recipes for boozy desserts are especially tempting. You can make a Guinness float simply by pouring a pint of Guinness Stout over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Be sure you pour slowly, the beer will foam mightily. You may also want to add a drizzle of your favorite chocolate syrup. Perhaps you’d prefer Chocolate Beer Cupcakes With Whiskey Filling And Irish Cream Icing. Or maybe you’d rather linger over an Irish Coffee. Any of these sweet treats will have you searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow after your meal.
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