It’s that time of year where everyone starts looking at each other and saying, “Can you believe it’s already…?” I’m in the same boat. Can you believe it’s already March? Me neither.
If you’re like me and the Irish holiday has snuck up on you like most years, here’s some quick and easy recipes to make your St. Paddy’s Day a memorable one.
1. Irish Potato Pie
1 sheet frozen pastry puff, thawed
4 tb butter
7 thick bacon slices, chopped
5 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tb fresh dill
1/2 c heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Chive for garnish
– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the thawed puff pastry in a 8-9 inch tart pan and crimp the edges. Remove the excess dough and piece it along the rim if needed to make the rim even in some places. Refrigerate the crust until ready to fill.
– Place the butter and bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute until the bacon is crispy then toss in the onions, followed by the potatoes and dill. Season with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. ground pepper. Gently stir 3-5 minutes,to mix the onions and potatoes and coat in fat. The potatoes don’t need to be cooked through. Then spoon the mixture into the crust and drizzle with heavy cream.
– Bake on the low rack for 35-45 minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender and the crust is golden. Rest for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with chopped chive and serve!
2. Irish Soda Bread
Carb lovers of the world, you’re welcome.
4 c of flour
1/4 c sugar
1T baking powder
1t baking soda
1/3 c margarine or butter
2 c seedless raisins (optional)
1 T caraway seed
1 1/2 c buttermilk or sour milk
1 egg, beaten
– Blend together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda
– Cut in the butter until mixture resembles course meal
– Add raisins, caraway seed, buttermilk, and egg; stir until blended
– Knead on flour board until smooth about 1 minute
– Shape dough into 2 balls and place in 2 greased 8 in. round pans
– Flatten to fill pans
– Cut a deep cross on top of each loaf
– Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until golden brown
3. St. Paddy’s Rice Krispies
Let’s not pretend we’re not all experts at picking out the marshmallows of Lucky Charms anyway. Might as well put it to good use.
1/4 cup of butter
4 cups of soft marshmallows
5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
green food coloring (optional)
approximately 3/4 cup of Lucky Charm’s marshmallows
– Melt butter over low heat until completely melted. Gradually add marshmallows and stir often to avoid burning them.
– When marshmallow/butter mixture is completely melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and your green food coloring and mix well.
– Remove from heat and stir in your Rice Krispie cereal. Once mixture is mostly combined, stir in the Lucky Charm’s marshmallows. (My kids and I picked them out of the Lucky Charms. If possible, store in an air tight container and they will stay softer longer! A ziplock bag works great!)