Irish Recipes for St Patrick's Day

This week on What’s for Dinner Joe and Barbara are joined by a special Irish guest, Mike Farragher!

Irish Breakfast Pie

  • Corned Beef
  • Fried Tomatoes
  • Dubliner Cheeder
  • Potatoes
  • Eggs

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Shamrocking Shake


  • 1 ¾ cups low-fat vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup vanilla vodka (or unflavored vodka ½ tsp. vanilla extract)
  • ¼ cup Crème de Menthe
  • ½ tbsp grated dark chocolate 1 tsp for toppinga few sprigs of mint 

Steps: Throw ice cream, vodka and Crème de Menthe in a blender and mix until it’s just evenly combined. Make sure not to over-blend. If you do, just add more ice cream. 

Rogers Merchandising in Chicago created the drink, with James Byrne, the executive artist    at the firm, using a family recipe for the shake.

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Shepherd’s Pie 

  • 4 large Idaho or Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (2 1/2-3 pounds)
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped or snipped with kitchen scissors
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or ground turkey breast
  • 2 bags frozen peas and carrots
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (eyeball it)
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced 
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half or cream, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Mexican cheese blend 
  • 2 tablespoons chives, snipped or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Add 1/3 cup half-and-half, salt, pepper, egg, butter and chives and smash away with a masher until potatoes are almost smooth, but are still a little lumpy.

Fry garlic, bacon, and onions in EVOO until soft. Add turkey and all vegetables with seasoning, stirring until cooked. 

Pour mixture into a 2 quart Pyrex dish.  Spoon cheese into potato mixture then put flat layer atop meat and veggie mixture. 

Set broiler to high. 

Place dish under broiler until tips of potato become brown and form a crust atop the mixture. 

Irish Soda Bread

  • 3 ½ Cups- unbleached flour
  • 1 TBSP- baking powder
  • 1 TSP- baking soda
  • 1 TSP- salt
  • ½ Cup- sugar

Add 1 TBSP Caraway Seeds to dry mixture

Add 1 ½ Cups Raisins (washed/dried on paper towels)

Mix together: 1 ½ Cups Buttermilk 2 Eggs (beaten) 2 TBSP- melted sweet butter

Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and blend until all the flour is wet.

Melt some sweet butter and rub (with piece of foil) the inside of 2 medium-size foil loaf pans- Divide batter equally into 2 pans

Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Shake loaves out of pan onto wire rack to cool.

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