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Traditional Irish Recipes

In this section we have included a selection of traditional and delicious Irish recipes with simple step by step instructions. Teach your children to cook these simple yet delicious dishes or recreate the dishes made by your Irish ancestors. A great idea for any family gathering or to celebrate St Patricks day!

A selection of different recipes for traditional Traditional Irish Recipes including Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Colcannon, Bacon and Cabbage, Gluten Free Traditional Irish Recipes and Irish Coffee - Desert Liqueur

In the 19th century all cooking was done in the fireplace and various pots were used for cooking. Potatoes, Stews and Soups were cooked in large pots and soda bread was also cooked in the hearth.

Pots were hung over the fire from a metal crane as seen in the image below. Soda bread was not cooked in an oven as it is today, instead the bread was placed in a pot with a lid and cooked over the glowing embers of a turf fire.

The fireplace was the centre of the house, life revolved around the fireplace.

The old Irish proverb ‘níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin’ literally means 'there's is no fireplace like your own fireplace' and the modern equivalent is 'There's no place like home'.

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The fireplace was used for heating, cooking as well as drying clothes. The babies cot was placed next to the fireplace to keep the baby away from draughts. Music was played and stories told around the fireside.

The fireplace was really the centre of any every Irish home! The Irish used turf for heat and fuel for cooking. The turf would be cut by the family during the summer months in the peat bogs which are found all over Ireland, the turf was then dried before being brought home and stored for used during the winter months for heat and throughout the year for cooking. In some parts of Ireland turf is still cut and used for open fires.


Traditional Irish Recipes - Gluten Free Traditional Irish Recipes
Unfortunately many traditional Irish recipes are not gluten free but they can be adapted to suit those on a gluten free diet.

Soda Bread can be made with gluten free flour and other recipes for 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 Irish recipes!

Potato Starch is a great example of a gluten free additive and is particularly useful for home made soups.

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Traditional Irish Recipes - Irish Stew Recipe
Irish stew is a great dish to serve on a cold winters evening! Try cooking the stew in a slow cooker, simply add the ingredients in the morning and it will be cooked to perfection when you return from work, delicious! Serve with warm homemade wheaten bread with lots of Irish butter, perfection!

Traditional Irish Stew recipe - Ingredients
1lb lean cubed beef, lamb or chicken
1lb carrots
1lb onions
1lb potatoes
salt & pepper
pinch of mixed herbs

Traditional Irish Stew recipe - Method
Put the meat in a large saucepan
Sprinkle the mixed spice over the meat
Fill the pan with enough cold water to cover the meat
Bring slowly to the boil
Simmer for an hour
Add peeled and chopped potatoes, carrots and onions
Season with salt and pepper
Continue cooking until meat and vegetable are soft
Serve with warm home made wheaten bread or cabbage

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