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St. Patrick's Day

A few recipes to remember the Irish with.

Green Eggs and Ham

Irish Beef Stew with Guiness

Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick's Day events in New Orleans:

15th 12:30 parade at Constance and Josephine

17th 10-6 block party at Annunciation Square


Green Eggs and Ham

The Irish typically fry their eggs and this take on the Dr. Seuss classic is a fun idea for St. Patrick's Day.

8 large eggs

16 tbs. butter

16 slices prosciutto

salt and pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup basil, packed

1 cup cilantro, packed with large stems removed

1/2 cup mint, packed

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup red onions

1 jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped

Heat a small non-stick frying pan over the lowest possible heat. Melt butter. When the butter has melted crack the egg into a small bowl. Make sure not to break the yolk. Slide into frying pan and cover. Cook approximately 5 minutes until the egg white solidifies from transparent into white. Do not flip. I like to leave my yolk runny which is "sunny side up" but the longer you cook your egg the more solid your yolk becomes. Salt and pepper to taste.

For the pesto:

Combine last six ingredients in a food processor. Add olive oil as you process until smooth. Add the pesto on top of the eggs to taste. If you have leftover pesto it freezes well. Serve with prosciutto or your personal ham favorite.


Irish Beef Stew with Guiness

3 bay leaves

2 lbs. beef stew meat (it is already cubed)

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried rosemary

3 tbs.all-purpose flour

3/4 cup beef broth

1/2 cup Guinness stout (do not replace with draught, but you may use a different stout of your choice)

1 tbs. parsley, chopped

1/2 carrots, sliced

olive oil

salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 275. Heat a deep skillet or pot on the stove over high heat. Add olive oil and the bay leaves. After just a moment add the meat. After the meat begins to brown add the onions. When the onions begin to turn translucent reduce to low heat. Add garlic, thyme, rosemary and flour. Stir well until smooth. Add the beef broth and Guiness. Simmer and stir. As the mixture thickens add the remaining ingredients and cover. Place the pot in the oven for 2 hours. Stir occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.


Irish Soda Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbs. baking powder

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 egg, beaten

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325. Butter a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. In a separate bowl, blend egg and buttermilk together and add to the flour mix. Fold in butter and pour into pan. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes. A clean toothpick means it is done.

*This is a very basic recipe, but you can put your own twist on it such as adding raisins or caraway seeds.