Forgo spending your cash on food and festivities out this St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, join in the fun on March 17th with authentic Irish foods (made at home) that kids and adults alike will enjoy.
- Champ. Who wouldn’t love mashed potatoes prepared "Irish style" with butter and scallions? Kids will be entertained by champ tinted green with food-coloring, or for a little festivity with an adult crowd, why not mix in some extra green in the form of fresh herbs? Serving suggestions: Serve as a side with corned beef and a vegetable of your choice.
- Irish Brown Soda Bread. This classic Irish quickbread is easy to prepare with on-hand ingredients like whole-wheat flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk, no kneading or rising time required. For a splash of St. Paddy’s Day green, make an herbed butter with chives or fresh parsley. Serving suggestions: Serve with butter and jam for breakfast, or with a hearty soup, like Irish Pea and Ham Soup.
- Irish Pea and Ham Soup. Made with inexpensive dried peas and a few pieces of diced baked ham, this soup is filling, nutritious and cheap and could easily be left to cook all day in a crockpot. Don’t forget-- dried beans will have to be soaked overnight. Serving suggestions: Serve with Irish Brown Soda Bread, a drizzle of heavy cream and some freshly chopped green onions for color.
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