Celebrating St. Patricks Day with Irish Cooking
Half the fun of holidays is how you celebrate them together as a family. St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday that doesn’t have a set agenda you have to follow with how the day is celebrated. From dressing in green to decking the house out with shamrocks, there is no wrong way to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick.
St. Patrick was a fifth-century missionary in Ireland who for most of his life, worked to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Most stories about the day claim Patrick was responsible for driving the snakes from Ireland when in fact Ireland never had a snake problem – the snakes were allegory for the druid worshiping celts. Green clothing, or the wearing of the green, stems from how St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish in 1727. Images of the Saint are often depicted with a cross in one hand, and shamrocks in the other.
Rooted in Catholicism, Lenten restrictions typically celebrated in the days leading up to Easter are lifted, allowing those who are fasting from food and alcohol to partake in the holiday celebration. Modern celebrations are less focused on the religious aspect of the holiday’s origins and more on the revelry of the day. With the holiday just a few days away there is still time to create a food centric family gathering. Cooking a traditional Irish meal is a great way to introduce the Irish culture to your family, and create a new tradition that you can recreate every year.
Irish cooking is hearty and soothing to the soul. From corned beef and cabbage to soda bread, there are dozens of traditional Irish meals you can whip up in honor of the day of green, and eight ounce mini cocotte’s from Le Creuset are a fun and creative way to serve individual portions to everyone in the family. Individual servings are perfect for little ones, making the meal as memorable as it is delicious.
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup onion
1/2 lb ground beef
2 tbs corn starch
2 tbs butter
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 cup mashed potatoes (leftovers are perfect)
1 cup Guinness
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Add 2 tablespoons butter to a non-stick pan. Saute the onion, garlic, and carrots in the pan until the carrots are soft.
- Brown the ground beef and add in the fresh thyme. Once fully browned, add Worcestershire sauce and Guinness. Allow to cook until the dish begins to thicken.
- Once fully cooked, separate into three cocottes. Fill each dish two thirds of the way.
- Layer mashed potatoes on top.
- Place on a cooking sheet and bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes, until top is lightly browned.
About Le Creuset
Stoneware serving pieces from Le Creuset have been a must have in kitchens for over 90 years. The dense stoneware helps ensure your dish cooks evenly and stays warm while you round up the family at the table. After the meal, cleanup is easy with an exterior enamel that resists stains and a non-stick glazed interior. Soaking for just a few minutes removes even the toughest food remains. The mini cocottes gift set includes three pieces in six bright colors enabling you to either create a colorful statement on your dinner table or match the set to the rest of your dinnerware.
EXPLORE AND CONNECT
With over 4.5 million Irish immigrants coming to the United States in the 1800’s, many families in the United States share Irish ancestry and have family traditions and meals that have been passed down from generation to generation. Sharing culture through food is one of the best ways to educate children about their family history.
What St. Patrick’s Day traditions do you celebrate in your household? Do you have any recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation?
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