Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes: Flavors from the Emerald Isle

Apart from breathtaking landscapes and charming villages, Ireland also offers a unique gastronomic experience. A small island with big culinary ambitions, the Emerald Isle features bold flavor and some of the best raw ingredients this side of the globe. With its rising brood of artisan chefs who continue to up the ante in the world of Irish cuisine, Ireland is definitely an island to reckon with when it comes to innovative culinary art.

In this post, we salute the old and welcome the new as we present some of Ireland’s favorite dishes and how you can make them part of your home menu.

Magners Hard Cider Brown Butter Waffles

The breakfast of Irish champions, this butter waffle and hard cider concoction is definitely one made in heaven. Made with Ireland’s world-renowned Irish cider, it features the refreshing taste of fresh fruit juice from 17 varieties of apple. Magners Original Irish Cider uses William Magner’s Original recipe, which was perfected in 1935.

What you need:

Waffles

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. light-brown sugar
  • 4 oz. unsalted butter, browned
  • 12 oz. Magners Original Irish Cider
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Magners Syrup

  • 16 oz. Magners Irish Cider
  • ½ cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter

How to prepare:

Waffles

  1. Brown the butter.
  2. Heat waffle iron.
  3. Mix together milk, vanilla extract, and 2 egg yolks.
  4. Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl.
  5. Add in cider, milk-yolk-vanilla mixture, and browned butter.
  6. Whisk until smooth.
  7. Whip 2 egg whites in clean bowl until stiff.
  8. Fold egg whites into batter.
  9. Cook waffles in waffle iron.

Magners Syrup

  1. Bring Magners and light-brown sugar to a boil in a medium-size saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and allow mixture to bubble away for about 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1 tbsp. unsalted butter.

Bangers and Colcannon with Guinness Onion Gravy

An Irish take on the British Isles favorite “bangers and mash,” this entrée adds the savory spirit of Guinness into the mix. This dish may take some time to make, but it is definitely worth the wait and effort.

What you need:

  • 1 lb. potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ¼  lb. bacon, cut into 1-inch slices
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ small-head cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 lb. sausage (Irish or English bangers if available)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. thyme, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 bottle Guinness
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. sour cream
  • Milk, to taste

How to prepare:

  1. Bring some water to boil, add the potatoes, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Cook bacon in a large pan over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes or until it renders.
  3. Add the butter to the bacon, season with salt and pepper, and cook until it foams.
  4. Add the colcannon to the bacon, mix to coat, and let cook for about 10 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add the green onions to the cabbage, cook for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  6. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Add the sausage, cook each side for about 2-4 minutes until golden brown, and set them aside.
  8. Add the onions and sauté until tender.
  9. Add the garlic and thyme and sauté until fragrant.
  10. Sprinkle in the flour and let it cook for a few minutes.
  11. Add the Guinness, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar along with the sausage and simmer for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove the sausage and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  13. Mash potatoes and mix in cabbage, followed by the butter, sour cream, and enough milk until the right consistency is achieved.
  14. Top colcannon with sausages and cover in gravy.

Poached Pears and Irish Blue Cheese Salad

An Irish autumn delight, this dish combines the sweet and crisp flavor of fresh pears with the tangy taste of Irish blue cheese. Pears are a refreshing treat during the fall, especially when coupled with blue cheese and a glass of wine. Serve it as dessert or as a lovely cross between a dessert and a cheeseboard.

What you need:

Poached Pears

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle sweet white wine
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 4 medium ripe pears, peeled, stalks left on

Irish Blue Cheese Salad

  • 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
  • 10 oz. mixed salad greens
  • 4 oz. Cashel Blue cheese, cubed
  • 4 oz. toasted walnuts

How to prepare:

Poached Pears

  1. Bring the wine, water, sugar, vanilla pod, and seeds to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the pears, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook covered for 15-20 minutes or until the pears are tender.
  3. Remove the pears and stand them upright on a plate. Let cool completely and refrigerate.

Irish Blue Cheese Salad

  1. Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  2. Slowly whisk in the oil and tarragon.
  3. Toss the greens with the dressing.
  4. Place a pear in the center of the salad.
  5. Sprinkle the blue cheese and walnuts around the pear.

Guinness Toffee Puddings with Irish Cream Sauce

What can you add to pudding to make an already great dessert even better? For the Irish, the answer is Guinness, raisins, walnuts, and a generous splash of Irish cream liqueur. Combining two traditional Irish drinks into one scrumptious confection, this sweet treat is as Irish as can be.

What you need:

Guinness Toffee Puddings

  • 1 cup Guinness
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup dates, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted Irish butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light-brown sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising flour

Irish Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp. salted Irish butter
  • 2 tbsp. Brady’s Irish cream liqueur

How to prepare:

Guinness Toffee Puddings

  1. Combine the Guinness, raisins, walnuts, and dates in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Afterward, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, let cool completely, and stir in the baking soda.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325°F/170°C.
  4. Generously grease ten 8 oz. ramekins.
  5. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time, and then fold in the flour and date mixture.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared dishes and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove puddings from the oven and run a knife around the sides to loosen.
  9. Invert the puddings onto serving plates and turn upright.
  10. Spoon the toffee sauce over the warm puddings.

Irish Cream Sauce

  1. Combine the cream, brown sugar, and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, without stirring, for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in the Irish cream.

Mulled Wine

The simplest and most “high-spirited” recipe in this list, mulled wine is a classic favorite, especially during holiday celebrations. Spice up ordinary red wine with a stimulating mix of oranges, lemons, cloves, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. You can even add a moderate amount of brandy for a bolder flavor.

What you need:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine
  • 4 tbsp. honey

How to prepare:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the orange zest, in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Discard the cloves and cinnamon sticks.
  4. Pour into heatproof mugs or glasses.
  5. Garnish with orange zest.

With these recipes, you can wake up to an Irish breakfast or save it for a nightcap. Add them to your home menu and watch as your guests, Irish or not, enjoy the unique and bold flavors of the Emerald Isle.

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