When you hear the word “Irish,” what’s the first thing to come to mind? Leprechauns? Clovers? If you’re familiar with Irish cooking, “potatoes” probably wasn’t far down that list. Moreso than corned beef, cabbage or any other ingredient, the potato is synonymous with the cuisine of the Emerald Isle. Irish cooking can also tend to be on the heavy and drawn out side, requiring long cook times and rich meals. To get those traditional Irish flavors without the time commitment and hassle, designer and food blogger Nicole Folgate has sent us this recipe for a simple, quick and tasty Irish potato and bean soup.
Requiring roughly a half hour of cooking time and simple, easy to find ingredients you can get year round, this recipe isn’t limited just to St. Patrick’s Day. The simplicity of the recipe also allows a great deal of room to unleash your culinary creativity and experiment with flavors! Get a more savory flavor by frying up some lean bacon and adding it to the initial veggie mixture, or add a tinge of sharpness with some delicious aged cheddar with the mashed potatoes near the end. No matter which direction you decide to take it, no Irish meal is complete without a slice of soda bread to sop up all the delicious leftovers your spoon can’t quite reach.
Try it for yourself, and have a happy St. Paddy’s Day this year!