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Traditional Irish food and Irish recipes for you to make in your own kitchen. For example, Irish Beef Stew. This rich and hearty stew is stick-to-your-bones good. The beef is incredibly tender. Served with crusty bread, it’s an ideal cool-weather meal.

History of Traditional Irish Food

Irish cuisine is the style of cooking that originated from Ireland, an island in the North Atlantic, or was developed by the Irish people. It has evolved from centuries of social and political change, and the mixing of the different cultures in Ireland, predominantly from Great Britain and other European regions. The cuisine is founded upon the crops and animals farmed in its temperate climate and the abundance of fresh fish and seafood from the surrounding clean waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The development of Irish cuisine was altered greatly by the Tudor conquest of Ireland in the early 17th century, which introduced a new agro-alimentary system of intensive grain based agriculture, with large areas of land being turned over to grain production. The rise of a commercial market in grain and meat altered the diet of the Irish populace by redirecting these products abroad as cash crops used to feed the soldiers and civilians alike throughout the British Empire. Consequently, the potato, after its widespread adoption in the 18th century, became just about the only food poor people could afford (which was the vast majority of the population).

By the 21st century, much of Irish cuisine was being revived. Representative traditional Irish dishes include Irish stew (made with lamb, mutton, or beef), bacon and cabbage (with potatoes), boxty (potato pancake), coddle (sausage, bacon, and potato), colcannon (mashed potato, kale or cabbage, and butter), and, in Ulster, the soda farl. Modern Irish food still uses these traditional ingredients but they are now being cooked by chefs with world influences and are presented in a more modern artistic style. [1]

Modern Era for Irish Food

In the 21st century, the usual modern selection of foods common to the West has been adopted in Ireland. Common meals include pizza, curry, Chinese food, Thai food, and lately, some West African dishes and Central European-Eastern European (especially Polish) dishes have been making an appearance, as ingredients for these and other cuisines have become more widely available.

In tandem with these developments, the last quarter of the 20th century saw the emergence of a new Irish cuisine based on traditional ingredients handled in new ways. This cuisine is based on fresh vegetables, fish (especially salmon and trout), oysters, mussels and other shellfish, traditional soda bread, the wide range of cheeses that are now being made across the country, and, of course, the potato. Traditional dishes, such as Irish stew, coddle, the Irish breakfast, and potato bread have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Chef and food writer Myrtle Allen – an early protagonist of such attitudes and methods – went on to play a crucial role in their development and promotion. Schools like the Ballymaloe Cookery School have emerged to cater for the associated increased interest in cooking.

Fish and chips take-away is popular. The first fish and chips were sold in Dublin in the 1880s by an Italian immigrant from San Donato Val di Comino, Giuseppe Cervi. His wife Palma would ask customers “Uno di questa, uno di quella?” This phrase (meaning ‘one of this, one of the other’) entered the vernacular in Dublin as “one and one”, which is still a common way of referring to fish and chips in the city.

In much of Ulster (especially Northern Ireland and County Donegal), fish and chips are usually known as a “fish supper”. The restaurant from which the food is purchased and the food itself is often referred to as a “chippy” throughout many northern regions of the country.

The proliferation of fast food has led to increasing public health problems, including obesity, where it was reported that as many as 327,000 Irish children are now obese or overweight and in response the Irish government is now considering introducing a fast food tax. Government efforts to combat obesity have also included television advertising campaigns and educational programs in schools. [1]

Traditional Irish Recipes for Dessert - Irish Mist Brownies

 

FAQ For Irish Food and Irish Recipes

1. What is Considered Traditional Irish Food?

Some of our favorite traditional Irish food includes bacon and cabbage (with potatoes), kale or cabbage, and butter), Irish stew (made with lamb, colcannon (mashed potato, coddle (sausage, mutton, or beef), boxty (potato pancake), bacon, and potato), and, in Ulster, the soda farl.

2. What Food is Traditionally Eaten on St Patrick’s Day?

Some of the favorite foods for St. Patrick’s Day is NOT corned beef and cabbage. While corned beef and cabbage is popular in America, boiled bacon and cabbage is the more traditional Irish food dish. Then there is soda bread, shepherds pie and colcannon.

3. What Should I Serve for an Irish Dinner?

Your Irish dinner cannot be complete without three items. They include food like champ potatoes, fried cabbage, cranberry soda bread to name just a few. Others are cabbage and potato slaw, stew, sweet and sour cabbage.

4. Do They Really Eat Corned Beef and Cabbage in Ireland?

Boiled bacon and cabbage is the more traditional Irish food dish. Corned Beef and Cabbage is a meal brought to the U.S. by immigrants and turned into a tradition in the U.S. only.

5. Why Do Irish Eat Potatoes?

Ireland is not famous for its great farming due to poor soil conditions. That is why potatoes and cabbage play such a central part in Irish diets. These foods both grow well in poor soil and since both are winter crops allow the land to be rotated into hay and grains during warm weather.

What are Some Traditional Irish Food?

Soda Bread. Every family in Ireland has its own Irish recipe for soda bread, hand-written on flour-crusted note paper and wedged in among the cookery books. Some like it sweet with a spoonful of honey, sugar or dried fruits. Others prefer sprinkled-in seeds, bran and oats for a health boost, or treacle and Guinness for the opposite effect. However, the basic ingredients don’t change

Irish Stew. One-pot cooking doesn’t get much simpler than Irish stew, traditionally made with mutton, onions and potatoes. To avoid the stew being watery, some recipes recommend adding pearl barley, a spoonful of roux or sliced potatoes, while others reduce the liquid by leaving the stew to simmer.

Colcannon and Champ. Potatoes transformed the Irish diet and it’s population boomed with this cheap and plentiful food source. Potatoes are still a staple at most mealtimes, with this traditional Irish food remaining popular. Colcannon is a classic, comforting mash of potatoes, cabbage or kale and butter or cream, flavored with spring onions. Champ is a similar, mashed potato favorite, flavored with spring onions, milk and butter.

Boxty. Potato dumpling, potato pancake and potato bread are all descriptors for boxty. Some say the name originates from an Irish phrase meaning ‘poor-house bread’. The recipe calls for grated raw potato to be mixed with mashed potato and then either:
1. mixed with flour and salt and boiled before being sliced and fried in butter (‘boxty dumplings’)
2. added to a pancake-like batter before being fried (‘boxty on the pan’) or
3. added to a pancake-like batter before being baked in a loaf tin and then sliced and fried (‘boxty in the oven’).

Boiled Bacon and Cabbage. Boiled bacon, boiled cabbage and boiled potatoes might not sound all that appetizing but it remains a firm family favorite. Traditionally, salted pork would have been soaked overnight (depending on how much desalting was needed) before being boiled, with the cabbage added to the cooking pot in the last 10 minutes.

Coddle. With roots as a working-class Dublin dish, the name coddle comes from the slow simmering or ‘coddling’ of ingredients in a one-pot stew. The leftovers at the end of the week would be slowly stewed in the oven for hours, with slices of pork sausage packed in alongside bacon rashers or leftover boiled bacon and sliced potatoes and onions.

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Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread. Beer bread is great and all but this one stuffed with bacon, cheddar, jalapeños, and cream cheese is really something extra special.

Loaded Fried Mashed Potatoes. You’ve never actually had great mashed potatoes until you’ve tried them fried.

Twice Baked Potatoes. Twice baked potatoes are basically a way to eat mashed potatoes in a cute little potato boat, and we’re here for it.

Cheesy Cabbage Gratin. If you’re looking for a hearty veggie side, you’re in the right place.

Whole Roasted Cabbage. This roasted cabbage is the way to go! It’s savory, sweet, and salty on the outside and super tender on the inside.

Cheesy Bacon Butternut Squash. No matter what the centerpiece of your meal is, this cheesy squash skillet is sure to steal the show.

Slow-Cooker Creamed Corn. Corn and bacon should find a place on every St. Patty’s Day table.

Fried Cabbage. Game changer alert: cooking fried cabbage in bacon fat.

Best-Ever Cabbage Hash Browns. It might be hard to believe, but these cabbage hash browns really taste like they’re made with potatoes!

Irish Soda Bread. Who says Irish Soda Bread can’t be a side?

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What are Some Simple Irish Dishes or Easy Irish Dinners?

Irish Beef Stew. This rich and hearty stew is stick-to-your-bones good. The beef is incredibly tender. Served with crusty bread, it’s an ideal cool-weather meal.

Classic Irish Soda Bread. This traditional Irish food can be made with an assortment of mix-ins such as dried fruit and nuts, but I like it with a handful of raisins.

Irish Stew Pie. The only thing more comforting than a hearty bowl of Irish stew is having it baked into a pie! The flavors blend well with lamb, but you can use cuts of beef instead if you wish.

Slow-Cooked Corned Beef. It’s not luck; it’s just an amazing Irish recipe. With this in the slow cooker by sunrise, you can be sure to fill seats at the dinner table by sundown.

Asparagus Swiss Quiche. Fresh asparagus stars along with bacon, onion and Swiss cheese in this hearty quiche.

Savory Beef & Cabbage Supper. You can also make this dish with smoked sausage. It’s comforting on cooler days.

Date Pecan Tea Bread. Packed with dates and pecans, this sweet bread is excellent on its own and even better topped with the chunky cream cheese spread.

Braised Short Ribs. The fall-off-the-bone-tender entre is much appreciated on busy days

Something for Your Sweet-tooth: Irish Candies & Irish Cookies

Irish Shortbread. These crisp, buttery melt-in-your-mouth delicious Irish Shortbread Cookies require just one bowl and no mixer! They come together quickly and disappear even quicker, so make plenty!

Irish Mist Brownies You can whip these brownies up in hardly any time, let them cool and them make them extra special with a cream cheese and butter frosting that is flavored with a little peppermint extract.

Yellow Man (Irish Honeycomb Candy) A chewy, toffee-textured honeycomb produced in Ulster, the northern province in Ireland. Ingredients of yellow-man are commonly quoted as including brown sugar, golden syrup, butter, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.

No Bake Irish Fifteens They are called Fifteens (15s) because the recipe calls for fifteen of each ingredient. Mix all ingredients, roll the mixture in coconut and place it in the fridge.

Irish Oat Cookies. Irish oat cookies are a little less sweet than normal, focusing more on the Irish butter flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea, they are crispy on the edges and deliciously chewy in the middle.

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Always Finish Your Irish Meals with Traditional Irish Desserts

Irish Apple Cake. Recipes for the moist and tender cast iron cake are as varied as the beautiful people who live in the Emerald Isle. This heritage recipe is a simple and tasty dessert everyone will love.

Chocolate Guinness Cake. One bite and everyone will propose a toast to this silky-smooth chocolate Guinness cake. The cream cheese frosting reminds us of the foamy head on a perfectly poured pint.

Irish Traditional Christmas Cake. This festive dessert is genuine, full of booze, and if you’re good at decorate with icing the result is even more incredible.

Brioche Bread Pudding With Bourbon-Butterscotch Sauce. You can never go wrong with a brioche bread pudding — plus, you can totally swap in Irish whiskey instead of bourbon for the sauce.

Baileys Cheesecake. This classic cream liquor (hint: you can make your own!) makes for the perfect base to a decadent dessert.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème. Get this: these classic desserts take only five minutes to make and are the perfect thing to serve at your St. Paddy’s Day party.

Soda Bread Pudding. Traditional Irish soda bread meets bread pudding with spiced cream and caramel sauce. Got stale soda bread? Use it up in this epic dessert.

The Only Way To Truly End An Irish Meal . . .

Irish Coffee. We officially declare whiskey and coffee as the king and queen of St. Patrick’s Day. Sip on this boozy drink and you’ll see why.


Traditional Irish Food and their Irish Recipes

1. Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes) – Traditional Irish Food

Colcannon - Traditional Irish Food

Because of their abundance, potatoes are widely-used in Irish cooking. Apart from the butter, another thing that makes colcannon different from other mashed potatoes is the addition of shredded greens, may it be cabbage, leeks, kale, or spinach.

Mashed potatoes and greens mixed with heavy cream create a warm and satisfying side that pairs well with bangers (sausages) and other meat dishes.
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2. Irish Pasties – Irish Foods

Irish Pasties - Irish Foods

Irish Pasties are a flaky pastry filled with shredded roast beef and potatoes. They are drizzled with or dipped in a savory roast beef gravy. Every bite is hearty and flavorful

These Irish turnovers are filled not only with roast beef, potatoes, and gravy That’s a winning combo! They are delicious way to use up leftover roast beef all year long.
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3. Irish Stew – Traditional Irish Food

Irish Stew - Traditional Irish Food

The idea for the Irish stew was brought about by the need to make something out of leftovers. It’s so rich and hearty, I’d willingly make it from scratch, though!

The original Irish stew consisted of mutton, potatoes, and onions. Later on, other ingredients such as carrots, parsnips, turnips, and lamb were added. Today, any type of meat can be used to make an Irish stew. For this recipe, in particular, you’ll use beef stew meat.
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4. Irish Mist Brownies – Irish Recipes

Irish Mist Brownies - Irish Foods

Irish Mist Brownies are an easy saucepan brownie. You can whip these brownies up in hardly any time, let them cool and them make them extra special with a cream cheese and butter frosting that is flavored with a little peppermint extract.
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5. Traditional Irish Beef and Guinness Stew – Irish Food

Traditional Irish Beef and Guinness Stew - Irish Recipes

Among Ireland’s most iconic pub foods, this rich and robust Irish Beef Guinness Stew will make your taste buds sing and have you begging for seconds!

As its name suggests, what sets Ireland’s beef stew apart from others is its inclusion of Guinness stout. The alcohol is evaporated as the simmers low and slow and you’re left with a deep and robust flavor with fork-tender beef, waxy potatoes and the sweetness of parsnips and carrots.
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6. Classic Irish Fish Pie with Colcannon Topping – Traditional Irish Food

Classic Irish Fish Pie - Traditional Irish Food

Great comfort food for a cold rainy friday night. A comforting fish pie with a difference.

If you like, you can assemble this pie a day ahead, making sure the fish and sauce are cold before combining with the prawns and tomatoes, and the mash has cooled before topping the pie.
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7. Irish Soda Farls – Irish Foods

Irish Soda Farls - Irish Foods

Soda bread dough is flattened into a round circle, and divided into farls meaning 4 parts. It is then cooked on a dry griddle or pan.

Traditionally this was the quickest way to make soda bread for unexpected guests who drop by for a bit of craic (good fun). This Irish food best eaten fresh with butter and jam but is also delicious fried as part of an Ulster breakfast.
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8. Yellow Man (Irish Honeycomb Candy) – Traditional Irish Food

Yellow Man (Irish Honeycomb Candy) - Traditional Irish Food

Yellowman or yellaman is a chewy, toffee-textured honeycomb produced in Ulster, the northern province in Ireland.

Ingredients of yellowman are commonly quoted as including brown sugar, golden syrup, butter, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda but there are many local variations in ingredients and recipes.

Yellowman needs to be heated to high temperatures to get the golden syrup and sugar mixture to reach the ‘hard-crack’ (300 °F) – the temperature at which boiled sugar becomes brittle when cooled.

It will also only acquire its unique bubbly and crunchy consistency when a reaction occurs between the vinegar and the baking soda, which vigorously adds carbon dioxide gas throughout the mixture.
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9. Irish Brown Bread – Irish Recipes

Irish Brown Bread - Irish Foods

The traditional Irish brown bread is made with stone-ground flour, giving it a nutty flavor. As this ingredient is not easy to find, you’ll use whole wheat flour and rolled oats instead.

Apart from its unique flavor, what sets Irish brown bread apart is the cross carved on top of it to allow for even cooking. Aside from its scientific purpose, the cross is also a superstitious practice meant to ward off the devil!
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10. Dublin Coddle (Irish Sausage and Potato Stew) – Irish Food

Dublin Coddle - Irish Recipes

The Dublin coddle is another potato-based dish that transforms yesterday’s leftovers into today’s rustic dinner. A combination of potatoes, bacon, sausage, and whatever you have in your fridge, coddle is an easy one-pot dish that has everything you can ask for in a meal.

Because it’s simmered for a long period (hence the name) and seasoned with spices, coddle is ridiculously packed with flavor. It’s rustic and homey, but celebration-worthy at the same time.
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11. Traditional Irish Potato Soup – Traditional Irish Food

Traditional Irish Potato Soup - Irish Food

Irish potato soup uses simple ingredients, which in years gone by were easily available in rural Irish kitchens. When I say this soup is easy to make, I really mean it.

There are only seven ingredients – potato, onion, butter, stock, cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Irish housewives made a simple potato soup whenever the cupboard was relatively bare.
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12. Authentic Irish Apple Cake – Irish Foods

Authentic Irish Apple Cake - Traditional Irish Food

The Irish apple cake is like a crossover between an apple pie and a coffee cake, and it’s heavenly. The cake is super light and moist and topped with sweet, tart, and crisp apple slices. It doesn’t end there!

Finishing it off is a topping made of butter, sugar, and flour. When baked, the mixture turns into a golden brown streusel that’s wonderfully sweet and buttery.
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13. Irish Potato Cakes or Potato Farls – Traditional Irish Food

Irish Potato Bread - Irish Recipes

Irish potato bread most likely isn’t the typical type of potato bread you’re thinking of. It’s a delicious potato pancake that’s popular in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Delicious for breakfast and eaten for any meal!

Even within Ireland, some call them potato bread and others call them potato cakes or farls. Regardless of what they are called, they’re so incredibly tasty.

These spud-tacular pancakes are already rich and savory, but are made even better because they are pan-fried in bacon grease!
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14. No Bake Irish Fifteens (Northern Ireland Fridge Cake) – Irish Recipes

No Bake Irish Fifteens (Northern Ireland Fridge Cake) - Irish Foods

Fifteens are a popular sweet treat from Northern Ireland made with marshmallows, graham crackers, coconut and cherries. They are called Fifteens (15s) because the recipe calls for fifteen of each ingredient.

Nothing easier. Mix all ingredients, roll the mixture in coconut and place it in the fridge
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15. Traditional Irish Soda Bread – Irish Food

Traditional Irish Soda Bread - Irish Food

Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that does not require any yeast. Instead, all of its leavening comes from baking soda and buttermilk.

It’s dense, yet soft and has the most incredible crusty exterior. Buttermilk and cold butter are the secret to its delicious success!
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16. Boxty – Traditional Irish Food

Boxty - Traditional Irish Foods

Boxty is a traditional Irish breakfast that once again features the humble potato. It’s made with finely grated potatoes, buttermilk, flour, and eggs, and pan-fried into fritters.

Think of it as the love child of a hash and a pancake, if you will. This breakfast mash-up is delicious on its own, but you can also serve it veggies, meats, and cheese.
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17. Irish Shortbread – Irish Foods

Irish Shortbread - Traditional Irish Food

Dating back to the 1500s, Irish shortbread cookies are an all-time favorite teatime treat. It also couldn’t be easier to make. Butter, sugar, and flour: that’s all you need to make these sinful buttery cookies. They’re simple but fit for a king (or in this case, a queen).

They’re said to be Queen Victoria’s cookie of choice! The flavor is good, but the texture, even better. They’re crisp on the outside, and melt-in-your-mouth tender on the inside.
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18. Champ – Traditional Irish Food

Champ - Irish Recipes

One of the best-loved ways of cooking potatoes was (and is) to mash them with boiling milk, add chopped scallions or chives and serve this creamy, green-flecked mixture with a blob of yellow butter melting in the center.

It only goes to show that butter makes everything better! Its sharp, peppery flavor compliments the creamy and cheesy dish perfectly.
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19. Barmbrack – Irish Recipes

Barmbrack - Irish Foods

Traditional Irish Barmbrack is a holiday dessert that’s a cross between a cake and bread. Dried fruit, tea, and pumpkin spices give its unique flavor.

The word “barmbrack” originated from the Irish term “bairín breac,” meaning “speckled bread.” It refers to the dried fruit scattered throughout the loaf.

With a generous slathering of butter and jam, barmbrack makes a tasty breakfast every sweet tooth will enjoy.
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20. Easy Traditional Irish Lamb Stew – Irish Food

Easy Traditional Irish Lamb Stew - Irish Food

Delicious traditional Irish Lamb stew is perfect to use at your St Patrick’s day celebrations. A stew is the perfect dish to serve on a winter day. It’s full of goodness, flavor and it’s super easy to make.

Unlike a lot of recipes that you will come across, traditional Irish lamb stew would not have had alcohol added to it. Lamb stew used to be a peasant’s dish. As such people certainly would not have “wasted” their alcohol in food. Had a drink WITH the food yes, but not IN it.

However, you can splash it up with a bit of Guinness for an extra Irish touch. Slow cook this stew to perfection and serve for the whole family to enjoy.
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21. Irish Bacon, Cabbage, and Parsley Sauce – Traditional Irish Food

Irish Bacon, Cabbage, and Parsley Sauce - Irish Foods

While corned beef and cabbage is popular in America, boiled bacon is the more traditional Irish dish. This one calls for whole loin bacon, a British Isles export which is cooked along with the cabbage, sliced before serving, and paired with a creamy parsley sauce.
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22. Irish Traditional Christmas Cake – Irish Foods

Irish Traditional Christmas Cake - Irish Food

We love a good and moist Irish Christmas Cake and this recipe is one of the first we’ve learnt once landed in Ireland from Italy. It’s such a special dessert Irish people make just for Christmas and we simply love it!

This festive dessert is genuine, full of booze, and if you’re good at decorate with icing the result is even more incredible! Today this traditional festive cake is quite “easy” to prepare because the ingredients are available and a bit more affordable; years ago, it was considered a sort of reward after months and months of work and effort.

We can only imagine how hard it was to find candied fruits and how expensive they were! Getting a slice really meant that Christmas had arrived, and it was time to eat something different from vegetable soup, bacon, and potatoes.
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23. Irish Bangers & Mash – Traditional Irish Food

Irish Bangers & Mash - Irish Recipes

Irish bangers and mash are a staple food. Of course, the Irish love their mashed potatoes with Irish brown sauce! Irish gravy is a savory brown gravy recipe that’s perfect all year!
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24. Irish Shortbread Toffee Bars – Irish Recipes

Irish Shortbread Toffee Bars - Traditional Irish Food

Also known as millionaire shortbread, this recipe combines buttery shortbread with sweet caramel and chocolate. If you want to really make it Irish, add a little whiskey or Baileys into the caramel.

Irish shortbread toffee bars also contains the triple threat: butter (lots and lots of butter), caramel, and chocolate.
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25. Irish Oat Cookies – Irish Food

Irish Oat Cookies - Traditional Irish Foods

Irish oat cookies are a little less sweet than normal, focusing more on the Irish butter flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea, they are crispy on the edges and deliciously chewy in the middle.
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26. Cranberry Irish Soda Bread – Traditional Irish Food

Cranberry Irish Soda Bread - Traditional Irish Foods

This berry tasty Cranberry Irish Soda Bread is a cinch to make! And whether or not you're Irish, the fruity flavor of cranberries bursting from this bread will make it a favorite standard in your house.

Oh - right after it cools, make sure to wrap and hide it well so a leprechaun won't eat it all up!
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27. Irish Coffee – Irish Foods

Irish Coffee - Traditional Irish Food

I never understood having coffee after a meal… until I found out you can lace it with whiskey!

Classic Irish coffees are made with just four ingredients: hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and whipped cream. Mix your hot coffee with whiskey and sugar, then use a spoon to gently top with heavy cream for a decadent and warm liquid dessert.
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28. Irish Porter Cake – Traditional Irish Food

Irish Porter Cake - Irish Recipes

A rich and moist Irish Porter Cake is all you need to please your sweet tooth on St. Patrick’s Day! Made with dried fruit, hearty spices and porter beer, this cake is traditionally served during the holidays but easy enough to be enjoyed as an afternoon snack whenever you feel like it.

This traditional fruit cake is not for those who like delicate, sweet flavors. Made with dark porter ale, you can still taste it after baking. Plus, you should add a drizzle while the cake is still warm to help keep the cake moist.
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29. Smoked Salmon On Irish Soda Bread – Irish Recipes

Smoked Salmon On Irish Soda Bread - Irish Foods

The ingredients used for this distinctive canapes provide a wonderful blend of flavors that make this appetizer so irresistible. The moist soda bread, filled with raisins and caraway, perfectly complements the flavors of the chive and onion cream cheese topping and the smoky salmon sprinkled with dill.
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30. Irish Breakfast – Irish Food

Irish Breakfast - Traditional Irish Foods

A fry-up is great when friends are staying over—simply multiply the ingredients given below by however many people you are feeding. Source the best local ingredients you can and follow up with a big walk. You can have your eggs boiled or poached, if you prefer.

We're lucky to have great producers of bacon and, of course, black and white pudding, which is a particular specialty of Cork County. Black pudding (blood sausage) may be more popular worldwide, but white pudding is very popular in Ireland and an important part of an Irish breakfast.

White pudding is similar to black pudding, but it contains no blood—only pork, spices, and usually oatmeal.
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31. Chocolate Chip Irish Soda Bread – Traditional Irish Food

Chocolate Chip Irish Soda Bread - Traditional Irish Foods

Soda bread gets its name from the use of baking soda over yeast. It’s really that simple.But this humble bread doesn’t just have to be a quick side for dinner.

With this recipe, you’ll add in some oats for texture and chocolate chips because… well, chocolate! Serve it warm with some honey and butter, and you’ll never want it plain again.
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32. Irish Whiskey Truffles – Irish Foods

Irish Whiskey Truffles - Traditional Irish Food

With just 6 ingredients, you can have a homemade box of whiskey truffles in no time. The combination of whiskey and chocolate is surprisingly good, and the honey works to cut through the bitterness perfectly.
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