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National dish of Ireland

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  • Independence: 18. 4. 1949
  • Capital: Dublin
  • Official language: Irish, English
  • Population: 4 588 252
  • Area: 70 273 km2
  • International code: IE
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Irish Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb/500g mutton or lamb cutlets (bone removed) cut into 2"/5cm chunks
  • 2 lb/ 1 kg potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 cup/115g onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup/ 100g leeks, cleaned and finely sliced
  • 1 cup/170g carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1½ pints / 750 ml dark beef stock
  • 2 or 3 cabbage leaves, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper
Irish Stew is national food (dish) of Ireland

Instructions:

Heat the oven to 350F/180C/ Gas 4. In a large frying pan heat half the oil to hot but not smoking. Add half the lamb pieces and brown all over. Remove the lamb and place in a casserole, cover with a half of the potatoes, onions, leeks and carrots. Add the remaining oil to the frying pan, heat again then add the remaining lamb and brown all over. Add to the casserole and cover with the remaining vegetables. Add the stock, cover with a tight fitting lid, cook in the oven for 1 hour. Add the cabbage (if using) replace the lid and cook for another hour. Check from time to time to make sure the stock isn't reducing too much, if it is add a little boiling water. The meat and vegetables should always be covered by liquid. If the sauce is too runny at the end, cook a little longer with the lid removed. Season with salt and pepper.

Info:

Ireland's national dish is Irish stew. A traditional Irish stew was always made with mutton, but more often nowadays, is made with lamb. Controversy reigns over whether vegetables other than potatoes should be added; adding onions, leeks and carrots not only adds extra flavor but also nutrition to the stew. The choice is yours. Irish Stew is traditionally esten on St Patrick's Day as well as Samhain but seriously, it is far too good and is eaten all the time, after all it is Ireland's National Dish.

Irish cuisine was traditionally based on meat and dairy, supplemented with vegetables and seafood. The potato eventually formed the basis of many traditional Irish dishes after its introduction in the 16th century. Examples of popular Irish cuisine include boxty, colcannon, coddle, stew, and bacon and cabbage. Ireland is famous for the full Irish breakfast, which involves a fried or grilled meal generally consisting of bacon, egg, sausage, pudding, and fried tomato. Apart from the significant influence by European and international dishes, there has been a recent emergence of a new Irish cuisine based on traditional ingredients handled in new ways. This cuisine is based on fresh vegetables, fish, oysters, mussels and other shellfish, and the wide range of hand-made cheeses that are now being produced across the country. Shellfish have increased in popularity, especially due to the high quality shellfish available from the country's coastline. The most popular fish include salmon and cod. Traditional breads include soda bread and wheaten bread. Barmbrack is a yeasted bread with added sultanas and raisins. Popular everyday beverages among the Irish include tea and coffee. Alcoholic drinks associated with Ireland include Poitín and the world famous Guinness, which is a dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James's Gate in Dublin. Irish whiskey is also popular throughout the country, and comes in various forms, including single malt, single grain and blended whiskey.

 
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