Despite being a small country, Ireland is one nation with a big reputation and an age-caressed, timeless landscape and friendly, fascinating people whose poetic nature is expressed through the warmth of their welcome. There is just something different about Ireland and it can be seen in the nation’s somewhat unvarnished informality. Sitting on the southwest peninsulas, with a dramatic wildness and the brooding loneliness of the Connemara Ireland presents much for any person visiting. However, of all the interesting things and beauty of this small nation, there is something Irish that any visitor should try – and that is their food.
Here is a list of some of the Irish foods to try out when in Ireland:
One-pot cooking does not get any simpler than the famous Irish stew, which is traditionally made with mutton that has been slowly stewed for hours till the meat is tender with some potatoes, onions and with some recipes including a couple of carrots to create one of the tastiest broths you’ll find anywhere. To ensure that the stew does not get watery, some recipes incorporate a knob of roux or pearly barley.
One crop that transformed the Irish diet since its introduction in Ireland is the potato. Potatoes are basically a staple when it comes to cooking in most Irish homes and one classic dish that incorporates this crop is Colcannon which is a mash of potatoes with kale or cabbage and cream or butter flavored with spring onions.
So loved is the meal that it is almost impossible to miss it on most dinner tables around Ireland.
Another traditional and loved Irish food is soda bread. What makes this bread so unique is the how it is made. The standard ingredients used to make Irish soda bread include buttermilk, flour, salt and bread soda. The buttermilk contains lactic acid and is what reacts with the baking soda to form tiny carbon dioxide bubbles. Irish soda bread can also be made using ingredients eggs, nuts and raisin.
It is without a doubt that the Irish love their potatoes, and this evident in the number of meals made using this crop. Another popular and tasty Irish dish that incorporates potatoes is the Boxty – which means poor house bread and is basically a traditional potato pancake. Boxty recipes vary all over the island, but they all tend to include raw, finely grated potatoes which are fried. Boxty is normally served as a beef or any other meat-based dish accompaniment.
The above are just some of the traditional Irish foods that you are bound to come across in Ireland, and which you should consider trying out. However, do not be limited to only these as there are plenty more options that are sure to get your taste buds charged and your appetite well satisfied. Take time and try out as many traditional Irish dishes during your stay – you can bet on this, you will not be disappointed.