Cheers to St. Patrick! Cooking Essentials for an Irish Feast

St. Patrick's Day is this Sunday and so in honour of all things Irish, we have put together a few helpful tips to assist you in preparing a traditional Irish meal. The main staples of an Irish diet are;...

St. Patrick's Day is this Sunday and so in honour of all things Irish, we have put together a few helpful tips to assist you in preparing a traditional Irish meal.

The main staples of an Irish diet are; beef, stew, bangers, oats, soda bread, and of course POTATOES!

Cuisinox Covered Roaster with Rack
Cuisinox Covered Roaster with Rack

A perfect beef pot roast is guaranteed when you cook it in the Cuisinox Covered Roaster with RackThe removable rack allows for excess oils and fats to drain away, and , add vegetables with the meat on top of the rack and the juices will collect, creating the start to a delicious gravy. The lid also doubles as a serving dish!

Traditional "Irish Stew" nowadays is generally made with lamb, however some prefer to use beef as it is more economical. Add some potatoes, carrots, onions and some Guinness and the Irish eyes will be smiling at this delicious concoction. Prepare your stew in an Emile Henry Casserole dish (with Lid) ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer. Due to the durable and beautiful glazed Burgundy clay , the Emile Henry Casserole dish can withstand abrupt temperature changes without breaking; therefore you can take it straight from the freezer to a pre-heated oven or even a microwave, and then serve it straight onto the table!

Emile Henry Casserole with Lid
Emile Henry Casserole with Lid

To prepare the vegetables for your stew, the Kuhn Rikon Herb & Vegetable Knife Colori is an innovative kitchen tool to consider. Made from Japanese high carbon steel with a safety sheath included,it cuts veggies, fruit, garlic herbs and more. Designed for both right and left handed use.

Kuhn Rikon Kulu Herb & Vegetable Knife Colori
Kuhn Rikon Kulu Herb & Vegetable Knife Colori

If you look on then menu of any pub in Ireland it is guaranteed there will be Bangers and Mash. Bangers, otherwise known as sausage (like the German bratwurst) and mashed potatoes are extremely popular everywhere in Ireland.

To cook your own Bangers, use the Lodge 11-inch Emerald Green Skilletdesigned for use on any type of stove top or oven. Boasting superior heat distribution and retention, the porcelain enameled cast iron surface is non reactive with food and the tight fitting lid seals in moisture and heat.

Lodge 11 Inch Emerald Green Skillet
Lodge 11 Inch Emerald Green Skillet

Irish Soda Bread is a variety of quick bread that is traditionally made with baking soda instead of yeast as a leavening agent. The basic ingredients of soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. The buttermilk in the dough reacts with the soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide. Sometimes raisins or nuts are added as well.

Fat Daddio's Non-Stick Pullman Bread Pan will ensure that your soda or any loaf bread bakes perfectly. Made from heavy duty 22 gauge aluminized steel with a non stick coating, and the "folded" design, provides exceptional durability. A sliding lid is included. Cutting soda bread can be tricky if you don't have the right tool. A great choice for a bread knife is the OXO Good Grips 8-inch Bread Knife The sharp stainless steel serrated blade easily slices through very crusty loaves and is safe and easy to use with the soft, non-slip handle.

Fat Daddio's Non Stick Pullman Bread Pan
Fat Daddio's Non Stick Pullman Bread Pan

Oats have been a part of the Irish diet for centuries and is still a popular breakfast choice to warm up bellies on a chilly, rainy Irish morning. Prepare traditional hot oatmeal in a Cuisinox Elite Covered Sauce PanThe patented 3-ply Surround-Heat technology dristributes heat evenly and efficiently for perfect results. Serve the oatmeal in an Emile Henry Cereal BowlIt's the perfect size! Handcrafted from Burgundy clay it retains the hear and keeps the bowl warm at a consistent temperature.

Mashed, baked, boiled, chipped! Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes!

Potatoes are probably as synonymous with Ireland as leprechauns! The most popular way to serve potatoes in Ireland is mashed or boiled. Cilantro, The Cook's Shop offers a wide variety of potato mashers, including the OXO Good Grips Potato Masher

Emile Henry Cereal Bowl
Emile Henry Cereal Bowl

re is the innovative Fusionbrands Silicone Food Pod Cooking Basket and Strainer This unique kitchen gadget simultaneously gathers, removes and strains food from boiling water or steam safely. Made from food-safe, BPA free silicone , the flexible design allows the pod to compress to fit any size pot and the top clips to the pot edge for easy removal.

Fusionbrands Silicone Food Pod Cooking Basket and Strainer
Fusionbrands Silicone Food Pod Cooking Basket and Strainer

Pop open a can of Strongbow Irish Cider or a Guinness on March 17th! The Dalla Piazza Bottle Opener is perfect for this with its beautiful European design features angled arms to keep knuckles away from the can while opening.

Keep ice on hand and have your Jameson's on the rocks. Cuisinox Stainless Steel Double Walled Ice Bucket with a beautiful brushed satin finish can hold up to 24 standard ice cubes.

Erin Go Bragh!