St. Patrick’s Day has been a favorite holiday for us at Randall Beans for years. Few other holidays come close to the festivities and culture that it brings, not to mention all the fantastic Irish food and drink that accompany it. Irish cuisine, based in hearty flavors and simple home-cooking techniques, sometimes doesn’t get the love it deserves outside of March. Though we’ve published a number of traditional Irish recipes, we thought some of the more unorthodox recipes could use some love, and so we’re bringing you the most creative Irish recipes from around the web, brought right to you. So dust off your green clothes, pour a Guinness, and let your inner Paddy out.
Irish White Bean & Cabbage Stew
This conscience-friendly take on traditional Irish stew comes from Susan Voisin of Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. Normally Irish dishes are incomplete without a generous helping of beef or lamb, but this recipe still captures classic Irish flavors while getting that missing protein from 3 cups of Great Northern Beans. This dish is light on calories, cholesterol and sodium, and heavy on flavor, perfect for those looking to celebrate St. Paddy’s day while keeping their New Years resolutions intact.
Hummus Topped Irish Nachos
Irish nachos are a staple of Irish pubs everywhere. Lightly baked or fried potatoes, covered in a plethora of toppings, all adding up to a single delicious bite. This recipe comes from Tanya of Lemons for Lulu, and what sets it apart from traditional Irish nachos is the international tour it takes the staple on. Adding shredded chicken, hummus, roma tomato and black beans takes typical Irish nachos to a Mediterranean setting. Though you won’t find any beef or onions here, we don’t think any Irishman would complain.
About that Guinness we told you to pour earlier – we hope you didn’t finish it.
Some people will tell you that it’s not a real St. Patrick’s Day without a pint of Guinness, and it’s hard to disagree with them, especially when you know how to cook with it. Food blogger Lisa of Cooking With Curls definitely does, as she created this recipe that bridges the gap between prime chili season and the beginning of spring. Featuring two types of kidney beans, a bottle of Guinness and plenty of heat, this chili boasts Irish heritage all around.
So if you’re tired of colcannon or corned beef this St. Patrick’s Day, we definitely recommend one of these recipes. If you know any more creative or unorthodox Irish dishes, we’d love to hear about them!
Transform your holiday left overs into something new and exciting with Great Northern White Beans