Recipes from Ireland

Irish Apple-Streusel Muffins

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:51
Irish Apple Streusel Muffin

Apples have grown well in Ireland for thousands of years. An apple tree was so important hundreds of years ago that it was supposedly protected by the Celtic virgin goddess, Brigit! If you had an apple tree on your land you were considered quite wealthy, if someone damaged the tree, then the fine was several head of cattle.

Irish Boxty

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:05
Irish Boxty

I’m beginning to realize that the Irish have a lot of recipes to do with the potato – go figure! Here’s another one they have with their Irish breakfast – fried raw/mashed potatoes.  It reminds me a lot of bubble and squeak (England) but without the veggies, although I’ve heard that they do add onions and the like to Boxty too.  

Creamy Pototoes

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:51

There’s nothing like creamy potatoes on cold winter days, it just seems to warm you up inside and out.  The Irish are famous for their potatoes and make a lot of delicious recipes with them.  A creamy potato dish is an Irish classic; however I’ve adapted it somewhat ~ instead of using whole cream and half and half I use sour cream and cream of chicken soup then pair it with left over ham. I’ve been feeding my family of seven this dish for over 25 years and it’s still a winner!

Irish Beef Stew and Dumplings

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:26
Irish Beef Stew

Beef stew and dumplings have been an Irish and British cuisine for centuries.  It’s a staple that is easy, cheap and fills you up.  There’s nothing like warm homemade beef stew during those cold, dark winters.  Dumplings are made from balls of dough and are traditionally made from flour and suet, then dropped into the simmering pot of stew.  This recipe makes 8 dumplings.

Irish Leek and Potato Soup

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:11
Irish Leek and Potato Soup

This is actually called Leek and Potato Soup but we’ve always called it Irish potato soup and my family devours it, especially this time of year when the weather is perfect for warm homemade soup.

Irish Buttermilk Biscuits

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:10
Irish Buttermilk Biscuits

These traditional Irish biscuits are so delicious and easy to make.  It’s quite common to add cheese and chives in them, or bacon and green onions too. 

Irish Chocolate Potato Cake

Suzy Rhodes Sun, 08/03/2014 - 17:28
Irish Chocolate Potato Cake

Can you keep a secret?  Cooked potatoes add moisture to breads and cakes making them soft and tender and will also give them a good quality shelf life. The Irish have known this for centuries because the potato was the mainstay of days gone by.

Irish Cream Trifle

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 03/13/2014 - 15:07

A St. Patrick's Day Treat!

This is not an actual Irish dish, per se, however, with St. Patrick's Day coming up I thought it would be fun to make something 'green' and found this trifle recipe at It's delicious and very sweet, a great dessert for the family or gathering.

Irish Apple-Buttermilk Pie

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 03/12/2014 - 08:58
Irish Buttermilk Pie

Not Your Ordinary Apple Pie!

St.Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so I thought I'd make this delicious Irish dessert!

Irish Soda Bread

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:57
Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread started in the early 1800's and was cooked in a bastible which is a cast-iron pot that was placed onto a turf fire or hot coals. Many did not have ovens back then so this was a very common way to bake the basic table bread of those days. It consisted of flour, bread soda, buttermilk and salt. Adding fruit, a bit of sugar and one egg to the bread mixture would have been for a very special occasion or a treat during the harvest time.

Smoked Sausage and Cabbage

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 09/06/2013 - 09:51
Smoked Sausage and Cabbage

Cabbage has been a main ingredient in Irish dishes for centuries, cabbage soup, sausage and cabbage, it's a tradition that's been carried on throughout the years. From the 12th century to the 16th century many crops were unable to withstand bad weather, but cabbage, kale, leek and onions thrived and easily stored throughout the harsh winters. Corned beef and cabbage is an Irish-American dish from the 18th century and is not a traditional Irish dish.