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Traditional Irish Recipes

Updated on October 7, 2012

Made in Ireland

Nothing much is known about my great-grandparents who emigrated from Ireland to Canada except that they eventually settled in Ontario.

Details about my grandparents were passed down to me from my dad and a love for the Irish people, their culture, and cuisine has been the result.

I have recently found a whole bin full of "almost" worn-out traditional Irish recipes written in my grandmother's hand. I am busy testing them out and will share them with you as I do.

If you like to sample recipes from other lands, I hope that these, "Made in Ireland," will please you.

Irish Potato Pancakes
Irish Potato Pancakes

From the stains and smudges on this old piece of paper it looks as if this was a favorite family recipe of my great-grandmother. I will now pass it down to my daughter and my daughter will pass it down to her daughter, etc., etc.

IRISH POTATO PANCAKES

4 large potatoes

(3 pounds)

cold water

1 small onion

2 eggs

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

salad oil

parsley sprigs for garnish

Directions:

~ Peel potatoes; rinse under running cold water.

~ Into large bowl half filled with cold water, coarsely shred potatoes and onion.

~ In colander lined with clean towel or cheesecloth, drain potatoes and onion.

~ Wrap potatoes and onion in towel, squeeze to remove as much water as possible.

~ In same large bowl, beat eggs; return potatoes and onion; add flour, salt and pepper; toss until well mixed.

~ In 12-inch skillet over medium heat, a skim of hot salad oil, drop potato mixture by scant 1/4 cupfuls into 4 mounds, 3 inches apart.

~ With pancake turner, flatten each to make a 4-inch pancake.

~ Cook pancakes until golden brown on one side, about 4 minutes; turn and brown other side.

~ Remove to paper-towel-lined cookie sheet to drain; keep warm in low oven.

~ Repeat to make about 12 more pancakes, stirring potato mixture occasionally and adding oil to skillet if needed.

~ Arrange pancakes on warm platter; garnish with parsley and serve with applesauce or sour cream.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 16 pancakes

Instructions

Cast your vote for Great-Gramma's Irish Potato Pancakes
Irish Potato Pancakes
Irish Potato Pancakes

A secret to making pancakes

Irish style

Irish potato pancakes are wonderful as appetizers, a side dish, snack, or with a breakfast "fry-up" of rashers (Irish bacon), sausages, white pudding, and soda or brown bread.

Many cultures that feature potatoes in their cuisine have a version of the Irish potato pancake. Certainly, the Jewish cook would put the latke up against the Irish potato pancake, and with no small amount of challenge, but it is the surrounding foods that add a certain extra delish to this dish.

Potato pancakes are light, just-right meal partners for meat, poultry or fish, at lunch or dinner, with omelets or scrambled eggs at breakfast or wonderful anytime by themselves, served with a generous helping of applesauce. Pancakes, tender and golden brown, flecked with onions, are pan-fried, never greasy. Coarsely shred the raw potatoes for better flavor and texture. Larger potatoes are easiest to handle; a vegetable parer gives the thinnest peels possible and avoids wasting potato or the valuable nutrients that are found close to the skin.

(1) Potatoes won't discolor if you shred them directly into cold water.

This reduces or eliminates the exposure of the potato surface to air, which causes darkening.

(2) Secret of crisp-every-time pancakes: extract as much moisture as possible from the potatoes. To do this, simply wring the shredded potatoes and onions in a towel.

This also prevents the batter (a mixture of shredded potatoes, onions, eggs, flour, salt and pepper, stirred smooth) from becoming watery and sticking to the pan while cooking.

(3) Prepare batter just before cooking time. Batter will darken if it stands too long. Though the taste of the pancakes won't be affected, they may be less attractive. Make successive batches rather than doubling the recipe and letting the batter sit.

(4) Lightly flattening pancakes.

Lightly flatten pancakes and slowly cooking them, ensures that they are thin and crisp, thoroughly and evenly done.

(5) Use only as much oil as is necessary to cook them.

Serve immediately.

Gramma's Chips & Gravy
Gramma's Chips & Gravy

Gramma's Chips 'n Gravy Recipe - It's like Poutine but .. Gramma made it first

This is a very versatile dish that can be served as a side dish to hot dogs and hamburgers, or can be eaten as a main dish. Why, it's Poutine!!! If I hadn't found this recipe in gramma's "old recipe bin," I wouldn't have believed it! Maybe the French didn't invent it!

What you need:

1. French fries. You can make your own or buy them frozen.

2. The sauce (basic recipe)

1 quart stock of chicken or veal

2 ounces of flour

2 ounces of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

~ Bring the stock to a boil in a saucepan.

~ Combine the butter and the flour

~ Cook over high heat, stirring the mixture until everything simmers (two to three minutes).

~ Reduce heat and let simmer for about 35 minutes.

Caution: Don't forget to stir the sauce frequently.

~ Strain the sauce through a strainer lined with cheesecloth, and add salt and pepper to taste.

If you want your sauce to be thicker, lower the heat to medium and let it reduce further.

3. A bag of fresh cheese curds. You want those to be really fresh! How can you tell? When you eat a piece, they have to squeak loudly in your teeth. You may substitute grated cheddar or mozzarella, but it's not as good.

Assemble

~ Place cheese curds on the bottom of a bowl

~ Cover them with fries

~ Cover the fries with a good fistful of curds

~ Pour sauce on top of everything.

Sounds disgusting? Maybe, but it's absolutely delicious.

Here are a few extras you can add to this dish.

Fried onions

Chopped hot dog sausages

Chicken

Peas

Replace the traditional sauce with a Bolognese or Marinara one. We call this 'Gramma's Italian Chips 'n Gravy Recipe.'

Get the idea? Use you imagination. I'm sure you'll come up with some fantastic variations.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: 6 adults

A SPECIAL COOKBOOK

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**Imagine being welcomed into a 400-year-old Irish watering hole with a thatched roof and open fire, the floor strewn with timber shavings and the walls packed with bric-a-brac, sliding into a snug for a pint and a hotchpotch, and instead being served Caramelized Duck Breast with Pineapple Chutney followed by White Chocolate Terrine.

In The Irish Heritage Cookbook, Johnson continues on her mission to inform Americans that contemporary Irish cooking means not just a rustic, stick-to-your-ribs Irish Stew with Brown Soda Bread, but also Green Tomato Tarte Tatin, as original and sophisticated as one found anywhere in Europe.

The book reads like a tourist itinerary for hungry pub crawlers and shares history on favorite pubs and their famous and infamous patrons and proprietors. Leigh Beish's full-page photos deliver elegant interpretations of humble pub grub like Bacon and Cabbage, and Ploughman's Lunch. It's inevitable that the recipes cover some well-trod territory, since it's difficult to imagine an Irish cookbook omitting Shepherd's Pie, but "Blackboard Specials" like Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Courgette Soup tend toward the global gourmet, and some were even developed by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, to promote traditional Irish products to modern chefs and consumers.

Cookbooks with traditional Irish recipes. - Good choice - The Irish Heritage Cookbook

Talk about the luck of the Irish, there are so many Irish cookbooks to choose from here at Amazon. They include many of the recipes I will give you later but it you desire them right away, you will want to have a look at some of these.

There's recipes for shepherd's pie, fish and chips, seafood chowder, and whiskey bread pudding for those with a taste for the quintessential. Contemporary specialties such as Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Courgette Soup; Salmon Cakes with Dill and Wine Sauce; Braised Lambshanks with Red Currants; and White Chocolate Terrine spotlight modern Irish cooking's richly deserved acclaim.

The Irish Heritage Cookbook
The Irish Heritage Cookbook

This cookbook features both Irish and 'Irish-American' cooking. A large number of the dessert recipes use apples. Oddly, the Irish notion of an apple dumpling recipe is quite different from the Pennsylvania Dutch recipe of a single peeled and cored apple encased in pastry. The Irish `dumpling' is much more like what we would call a `crumble' or `cobbler', as it is a layer of sweetened apples covered by a pastry layer.

 
Irish Potato Cookbook
Irish Potato Cookbook

At the end of the day the potato remains at the heart of many meals. I was delighted to be given this cookbook. I never knew there were so many ways to cook a potato, and so far all the recipes I've tried have turned out very well. I like the nuanced info on how to get the best out of your potato variety. It's not a big cookbook, but I like that too. It's a great gift for potato loving friends, and even though some recipes include meat, in general it's an excellent choice for vegetarians.

 
Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland's Heritage
Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland's Heritage

A sound source for genuine Irish recipes. It doesn't proceed by courses, but primarily by principle raw ingredient. All units are English not Metric.

A large number of recipes using apples in this book. The dessert chapter alone gives us 12 our of 34 recipes with apples. One may have to use a little local knowledge for the apple recipes as Ms. Allen recommends no apple varieties for most recipes and when she does, they appear to be varieties native to Ireland such as `Bramley Seedling cooking apples'. I guess Macintosh apples should do fine here.

If you want a great lyric evocation of the foods native to Ireland, Allen's book is superior.

 


I will be adding more recipes as I try them out. Please let me know if you try the recipes I have copied from G-Gramma and how they turned out. If you haven't prepared any of them, I encourage you to do so. They are delicious!

These recipes may look difficult but ... they are made with potatoes, so how difficult can that be??

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      it's my first time to read irish recipes, i'm looking forward to try one

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JoleneBelmain: I love it too! The waistline can only stand it once in a while though .. as a treat! Thank you for visiting! I hope to be adding more recipes soon.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      Theses are delicious recipes... my mouth is watering and I find myself extremely hungry now lol. Poutine is my favourite way to eat fries, and who wouldn't love potato pancakes?

      ~BLESSED~

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JoshK47: Squidoo Comment Notification forThank you, Josh! I must add some more. Time is scarce these days.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Popping back in to bless this delicious lens!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much for sharing your Irish Granny's recipes with us. It is nice to find out that Gramma's Chips 'n Gravy Recipe came from Ireland. I always thought it was a French-Canadian creation. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Food & Cooking » Regional Foods » Irish Food" neighborhood. In fact, yours is the only lens to be featured in this category this year! Whoohoo!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Awesome recipes and such a lovely lens :)

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      These look delicious. I would love to try them out.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'll be on my way to eat at your house, this is a heads up on company is on the way. :)

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      CyberTech LM 5 years ago

      Great LENS! My mother made potato pancakes when I was young. She passed away in 1974 and I never made them. I will 100% try your potato pancakes for sure. I hit your LIKE and Bookmarked this Lens!

      Dave

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You make my mouth water. Really enjoyed reading this.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @sukkran trichy: I sometimes make the batter thin and we eat them cold served up like a wrap. You can put all sorts of filling in them and make a meal of it.

      Thank you for squidlike, comment and blessing! I'll see you soon.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      potato pancakes sounds great. it is my favorite in this list.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JoshK47: A good choice, Josh. Thank you for the visit and blessing. I'll be seeing you soon.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I'm not sure what sounds tastiest - though chips 'n' gravy definitely has my attention. Blessed by a very hungry SquidAngel!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @miaponzo: Thank you so much!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Deadicated LM: Thank you for the kind comment. I am happy that you like my lenses. I will be visiting you soon.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      My Irish friends are into soda bread and make it every day! Blessed!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Your Lenses are always so well written and visually appealing. Thanks for the really great Irish recipes.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @norma-holt: Thank you, my dear. You are special!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @mary lighthouse15: Thank you, Mary. I am happy to share.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Scotties-Rock: This has fast become my families favorite comfort food. Thank you for visiting and the blessing!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Gorgeous recipes and beautifully crafted lens as usual. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Holiday Cooking. Hugs.

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      You got good Irish recipes here. Thanks for sharing!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Nice selection of Irish recipes. The chips and gravy look tasty. Blessed!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Anthony Altorenna: It is rather decadent and we only have it about twice a year. It's good after swimming and really hungry.

      Thank you very much for the visit and blessing.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      An interesting collection of Irish recipes, and your Chips & Gravy recipe looks awesome!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @miaponzo: Thank you for your blessing, miaponzo. I am on my way to visit your lenses now .. I'll bring you some pratties and we can try out some new recipes.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Shucks, late again! If only I'd seen this post on Friday! *sigh* Guess I'll have to try the recipes at home.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      YUMMY!!!! These recipes sound delish!!! :) Blessed!!!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: I'm having a few couples in for dinner on Saturday. We'll be having some Irish dishes - ya all come now, da yah hear me!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      OKEEDOKEE ... you've got me! Irish potato pancakes ... gosh we used to make potato pancakes a lot when I was a kid in Cleveland, Ohio ... I love them! Wish more restaurants offered them as side dishes ... I'd like some please ... IRISH!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @sudokunut: I love potatoes too. In Ireland we call them pratties. Some spell it praties.

      Thank you for visiting. I'm off to see what you have written lately.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I've yet to meet a potato dish I didn't like. I'll be trying those potato pancakes soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you for visiting my lens, vallain. I have made the potato cakes from leftover potatoes also. I like the taste of them almost as much but you will notice a difference if you use the fresh ones.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My mom would make potato cakes from leftover mashed potatoes and cook them like your recipe. She also made a wonderful potato soup with lots of milk in it. I have Kennedy, Joy and McGhee ancestors so I wonder if these were passed down from them.

      You've made a lovely page.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Thanks for the visit and comment. I hope that you get a chance to try these recipes.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: They are not hard to make. Why don't you try them .. I'll bet you'll enjoy the dishes.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i have not tasted anything irish except for irish coffee. your recipes are mouth watery

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How I wish to come to Ireland to taste this delicious recipes.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: I hope that you will enjoy them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love potatoes so these recipes of Ireland are right up my alley and I don't think I've ever had either one. I've had French fries of course but never with gravy.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @debnet: Top 'O the morning to ya, Deb.

      go raibh maith agat (Thank you.)

      I will be keeping in touch with you.

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      Oh those potato pancakes sound so delicious! I'll be amking them this week for sure! Top 'O the morning to ya missus ;)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you for visiting, Anne. I haven't seen you for a while. I'll try to keep in touch from now on.

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      AnneVis 5 years ago

      Looks delicious! :-)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @kimbesa2: So simple to make too. Thanks for coming to see me, Kimbesa.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Love potatoes, and these pancakes...thanks!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Gloriousconfusion: Great. Let me know how it turns out.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've got a pack of potatoes which are beginning to sprout so I'' try one of your potato recipes

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @juditpaton: Thanks for your comment akarki. I will be making my gramma's Irish Stew tomorrow and will be adding the recipe here soon.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 6 years ago from Ozun

      i have the memory of the Irish Stew from Dublin, ( would be great a recipe?!)

      and i am sure that this recipes are mouthwatering too, but the potatoe pancake is not dangerous for the weigth-watchers?Lol.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I can't believe that you found the recipe for "poutine" in your grandmother's recipes.

      I've got to publish this on my "Quebec and Poutine" lens.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @puerdycat lm: Parsley usually volunteers itself in my outside garden. I usually have a lot of it and end up taking one plant into the house for winter use. This year only one plant came up and I am babying it. I could plant more but this one looks like it's going to be a nice healthy plant. Thanks for commenting and viisting my lens, puerdycat. I'll come by to visit you again soon.

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      I keep a parsley patch. Sounds wonderful in Potato Pancakes (!) a family favorite

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you will. I'll be adding more recipes as I try them out. If you want more "mouth-watering" recipes please return.

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      WillBorden 6 years ago

      Hi Laraine,

      Nicely created- interesting and well thought out as always! This is definitely one of your mouth-watering lenses!! Great recipes!

      Your work is never short on meaningful content!

      Will