A classic Irish comfort food that, like most stews, tastes even better one day after preparation. Consider sprinkling thinly sliced scallions and fresh parsley on each bowl.
Creamy Potato Soup Recipe
Cheese Thyme Scones
Here's a savory take on the often sweet scone. These can also be used to top casseroles and stews.
Salmon Pie Recipe
This simple, modern take on the traditional Fisherman's Pie uses fresh and smoked salmon.
Shepherd's Pie Recipe
This hearty, classic dish is satisfying, easy to assemble, and a great use for leftovers.
Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Made with mostly whole wheat flour, this soda bread is rich and dark.
Pair local-to-you beers with these delicious artisan cheeses, handcrafted in Ireland. Sean Faeth, fromager at Artisanal Bistro in New York City, suggests trying Ardrahan (pictured), which is a pasteurized cow's milk cheese from County Cork. It's meaty, aromatic, nutty and toasty, has a dense semi-soft texture, and can be quite rich and buttery. Faeth suggests pairing this cheese with Brooklyn's Sixpoint Diesel Stout, a thick oily, chocolatey stout, or a Guinness-like stout - something with low alcohol that is dry and roasty - such as the Victory Donnybrook Stout from Pennsylvania.
Durrus is a raw cow's milk cheese made in Coomkeen, Ireland. It is slightly fruity, has a nice buttermilky finish, and a somewhat chewy texture. Faeth suggests trying this with a fresh, fruity ale, such as Dominion Ale from Virginia, which he describes as crisp and slightly malty, with nice fruit notes. Another option is Red Rocket Ale, a red ale that has nice citrusy hops, and is slightly fruity with some caramel notes, from the Bear Republic Brewery in California.
Finally Cashel Blue, made in Tipperary, is a cow's milk cheese and was the first Irish blue cheese made. Cashel is made with a vegetarian rennet and can be soft, crumbly, and mild when young or soft and piquant when it is older. Faeth says he would go for something similar to a Belgian Tripel - high ABV, fairly sweet with good acid from the hops. Allagash Tripel Reserve from Portland, Maine or Anderson Valley's Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from California would work well.