For some, like my family, March is a crazy month.
If you’re not Irish, you’d say, “Well, what’s the big deal about March?” If you are, then “Sláinte!” is probably your word of choice for every party, parade and meeting of the bagpipes (with Guinness in hand of course).
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St. Patrick’s Day All Year Long
I married into a deeply Irish-American family. They have an immense community of fellow Irish men, women and children who attend every gathering (which typically happens at the pub). From the beginning, I learned that St. Patrick’s Day is not just celebrated on March 17th. That took this Polish girl by surprise. Oh no, we party with the Irish all year! The culmination of the celebrations come in February and March when every church, hall and gymnasium is packed with the Irish on a weekly basis.Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Assist Handle Holder, 12″, Red Silicone
Therefore, (like the good Irish-in-law that I am) I’ve upped my game with the Irish recipes. I still have some work to do on my Corned Beef and I can’t quite get my Soda Bread as moist as Pam Johnson’s but your girl can cook a potato.Mens Irish Wool Sweater, 100% Real Irish Wool, Traditional Knit Pattern, Natural, Medium
Black Pepper and Chive Potato Focaccia
So, I thought Potato Focaccia would be a perfect option for the dinner table on St. Patrick’s Day. You begin by adding riced or grated cooked potatoes to an olive oil based dough. This adds starch and moisture to make the bread extra springy. We throw in fresh chives for savoriness and cracked black pepper for a little spice. Then, you bathe the dough in olive oil when it goes into the pan to rest for it’s final rise.Top Rated Bellemain Stainless Steel Potato Ricer with 3 Interchangeable Fineness Discs
Once it reaches peak fluffiness, you press the Potato Focaccia dough to make pock marks and a mixture of water and salt is poured over the holes. This adds pockets of salt to the bread and prevents it from rising too much. Into the oven it goes to get it’s beautifully deep golden color and then it’s brushed with a final layer of olive oil to keep that crispy crunchy crust. When it comes out of the oven, it smells like a big savory, crunchy potato chip. Just try not to burn yourself when you can’t help but grab a “too-hot” piece!eHomeA2Z Italian Glass Oil And Vinegar Cruet 16 Oz, Olive Oil Dispenser With Stainless Steel Spout, Slight Green Tint (1, 16 oz)
A Good Irish-American Girl
I know focaccia is an Italian bread and olive oil is not typically used in Irish dishes but if I didn’t add in my own spin, I wouldn’t truly be Irish-American! Need some desserts too? Try these Mini Chocolate Cupcakes but instead of coffee, pour in some Guinness and color the buttercream green to get that Irish feel. Like something more tart? Sub out the lemons for key limes in this Lemon Curd recipe to make Key Lime Pie.Professional Box Grater, Stainless Steel with 4 Sides, Best for Parmesan Cheese, Vegetables, Ginger, XL Size, Black