As promised, here are a couple of recipes for those who want to have an Irish menu for St. Patrick’s Day. The recipes I’ve chosen are Irish Soda Bread and Corned Beef & Cabbage.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever eaten any of this stuff. My dad loves cabbage, but I’ve never been a fan, and I just can’t recall eating corned beef ever. As for the bread, in my family I’m known as the “bread eater.” My family jokes that I practically lived off of bread when I was a kid. And I must admit, to this day whether it’s rolls, biscuits, or baked breads on the table, I always help myself and eat my fair share (if not more). So I’ll definitely be trying this Irish Soda Bread!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
1 egg white, slightly beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Cut in margarine or butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins, if desired. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
1 3-pound corned beef brisket
1/2 cup sliced onion (1 small)
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
3 cups water
1 1-1/2-pound cabbage, cut into 6 wedges
1. Trim any visible fat from the meat. Set aside.
2. Place rack in a 4- to 6-quart pressure cooker. Add the meat, onion, bay leaf, black peppercorns, and water.
3. Lock lid in place. Place pressure regulator on vent pipe (if you have a first-generation cooker). Over high heat, bring cooker up to pressure. Reduce heat just enough to maintain pressure and pressure regulator rocks gently; cook for 50 minutes.
4. Allow pressure to come down naturally. Carefully remove lid. With a slotted spoon remove the meat and onions to a serving platter; set aside.
5. Place the wedges of cabbage in the pressure cooker. Lock lid in place. Place pressure regulator on vent pipe (if you have a first-generation cooker). Over high heat, bring cooker up to pressure. Reduce heat just enough to maintain pressure and pressure regulator rocks gently; cook for 2 minutes.
6. Quick-release the pressure. Carefully remove lid. With a slotted spoon remove the cabbage wedges. Serve with meat and onions. Makes 6 main-dish servings.