Traditional Irish Food - Gluten Free Irish Meals
Unfortunately most traditional Irish food is not gluten free but the recipes can be adapted to suit those on a gluten free diet. Soda Bread can be made with gluten free flour and other traditional dishes such as soups and stews can be made gluten free. It is important to check the labels of any additives added to food as well, many thickening agents also contain gluten. Gluten-free flour can be made from almonds, rice or corn for example.
Gram flour is also a suitable alternative to normal flour which is made from wheat which contains gluten. Corn starch or eggs are ideal additives to soda bread, they act as a rising agent and give the bread its fluffy texture. Potatoes are gluten free, this is particularly good news as the potato features in many traditional Irish meals! Potato Starch is a great example of a gluten free additive and is particularly useful for home made soups.
Traditional Irish Food - Bacon and Cabbage
The following traditional Irish recipe for bacon and cabbage is delicious and very simple to make. For a less salty taste, cook the cabbage separately. Try serving with Steamed vegetables and new potatoes for a modern take on this typically traditional dish.
Traditional Irish Food - Bacon and Cabbage - Ingredients
Large Piece of Back Bacon, smoked or un-smoked (according to personal taste)
1 large Cabbage
Potatoes, Carrots and Turnips (if required)
Traditional Irish Food - Bacon and Cabbage - Method
Place the meat in a pot (large enough for the meat and cabbage that will be added later)
Cover the meat with cold water and bring to the boil
Simmer for 30 minutes per pound of meat
cut the cabbage into quarters and add to the pot
Simmer for 30 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked (vary cooking time according to personal taste)
Drain and serve with boiled or mashed potatoes
Can also be served with Carrots and Turnips