Thursday, March 8, 2012

An Irish Roundup of Recipes

St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching.  In honor of all my Irish friends and anyone who is an Irish Wannabe on St. Patrick's Day, I decided to bring back a few of my favorite Irish recipes that I've made and/or posted over the past five years. (All recipes can be found at the end of the post).

The first is a the classic Irish mashed potato dish called Champ that I posted in 2008. The first time I made it, I decided I would never make mashed potatoes any other way.  I love the addition of scallions for a fresh, springtime taste!

Another favorite Irish potato recipe is one called "Bird Flanagan Potato Pancakes" which were named after a colorful, Irish gentleman and practical joker. The dish was created in his honor at the Irish pub he would frequent.  Shredded potatoes are combined with ham or Canadian bacon, scallions and cheddar cheese (preferably Irish) to make this delightful skillet pancake.  My husband loves this dish! It could be a meal in itself with a salad on the side.

Lastly, here is a dessert that I had shared on a cooking forum before my blog was even created. Named Bailey's Irish Cream Pots they are made with Bailey's Irish cream, espresso coffee and decorated with caramel squiggles and chocolate shavings. So delicious!

Adapted from Full-On Irish by Kevin Dundon
Printable Recipe

Champ is a traditional Irish potato dish that has recently enjoyed a renaissance in contemporary cooking.

Serves 4-6

1-1/2 lbs potatoes, well scrubbed
7-1/2 Tablespoons milk
4 scallions or spring onions, finely chopped
½ stick butter
Salt and freshly ground white pepper

Cover the potatoes with cold water in a pan and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until completely tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife.

Heat the milk in a pan with the scallions for 5 minutes, or until the scallions have softened. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then peel while they are still hot. Push through a potato ricer or sieve, using a spatula. Beat 1-1/2 oz of the butter into the warm mashed potatoes and then mix in the milk and scallion mixture. Season to taste.

To Serve, spoon into a warmed serving dish and make a slight dip in the middle. Add the remaining knob of butter and allow it to melt into the champ.


Bird Flanagan Irish Potato Pancakes
Recipe adapted from Elegant Irish Cooking by Noel Cullen
Printable Recipe

Serves 2-4

2 large potatoes
2 whole eggs
2-4 slices lean Canadian bacon (depending on thickness)
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Peel and grate the potatoes. Squeeze out excess moisture by placing the grated potatoes in a ricer and pressing down on the handle to release as much moisture as possible. Place in a bowl.

Slice the Canadian bacon into thin strips (julienne) and add to the potatoes along with the diced onion, parsley, cheese and salt and pepper to taste (I like lots of pepper). Combine thoroughly.

Lightly beat the eggs and add to the potato mixture.

In a crepe pan or nonstick sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Pour the mixture into the heated pan and press down to spread it out evenly and cook on both sides, until golden brown. This should take about 10 minutes. You can use a large plate inverted over the pan to help flip the pancake. I placed a cover, slightly ajar, over the pan during the last few minutes to help the potatoes cook through.


Bailey's Cream Pots with Caramel Squiggles and Chocolate Curls
Adapted form Full On Irish by Kevin Dundon
Printable Recipe

1-1/3 cups heavy cream
5 tablespoons Baileys Irish cream
1/4 freshly brewed espresso, cooled
9-oz mascarpone cheese
2-1/2 tablespoons sifted confectioners sugar, plus extra for dusting
Cocoa powder for dusting

Whip the cream in a bowl until soft peaks have formed. Place the Baileys Irish cream in a bowl with the espresso, mascarpone cheese and icing sugar. Beat until well combined, then fold in the cream. Divide between 4 1-cup ramekins or cups and chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

To serve, decorate with chocolate curls and caramel squiggles.

Caramel Squiggles
Also adapted from  Full On Irish by Kevin Dundon

(Please be careful handling liquid caramel - it can leave a nasty burn if it touches your skin).

1/2 cup bakers or caster sugar (extra fine sugar)
Parchment or Waxed paper

Have a large piece of parchment or waxed paper ready on the kitchen counter.

Place the sugar in a heavy-based pan over low heat and heat gently to dissolve. Bring to a boil and boil until the resulting syrup begins to turn pale brown, gently swirling the pan to ensure even cooking. When the caramel is a rich, golden brown, dip the base of the pan into a sink of cool water to prevent further cooking for a couple of moments.

To make the squiggles, use a clean, small metal spoon, dip the spoon into the warm caramel and drizzle decoratively onto the parchment or waxed paper. Allow to cool and harden before using.

These are best used the day they are made.


If you'd like to join in some Irish fun, please visit the 4th Annual Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen.


  1. All three look sooo yummy! Mmmmm!

  2. Congratulations to Marigene!
    My family loves potatoes, anyway they are made! Thank you for sharing the lovely recipes! Wish you a lovely weekend!

  3. They all sound yummy - especially the potato pancakes. Thanks for sharing the recipes.
    Congratulations to the winner!

  4. The potatoes sound delicious. I grew up on plain mashed potatoes that only shone through the meat and gravy they were served with. I believe I could give up a glass of Bailey's for your delicious sounding (and looking) dessert!!


  5. Thank you so much for all these recipes. i'm going to print them off and think about our St Patrick's day menu. We always celebrate as my background is Irish. The Luck of the Irish to ye!

  6. Everything looks incredible!!!

  7. It is good to see you back. The recipes look delish. Who doesn't like mashed potatoes. Yummy! Bonnie

  8. Looks like a delicious way to celebrate St Patrick's Day!
    Congrat's to Marigene on the win!

  9. Oh the Bailey's Irish Cream Pots look so good. Never think of that as Irish. Thanks for giving me a great reason to whip these up. :)

  10. The Bailey's dessert sounds yummy!

    I just noticed I won your Eggland's Best giveaway...thanks!

  11. These dishes look great! I was thinking about trying something new this St Patrick's Day. Thank you for sharing :)

  12. Everything looks great, the dessert is beautiful! Congrats to Marigene and thanks for the fun give-away Susan:@)

  13. I love St. Patrick's Day as I'm half Irish, and I'll be joining Kathleen's special blog crawl. The recipes you showcased are wonderful, Susan. I will have to try the Bird Flanagan Potato Pancake recipe as tey sound really good!

    Congratulations to your lucky Eggland's Best winner!

  14. Each dish is prettier than the next. You really outdid yourself on this post. There is something about caramel squiggles that just set up the dessert in such a great way. Happy St Pats!!!

  15. The dishes are incredible. I love the potatoes.

  16. My husband loves anything potatoes and now you have given me new ways to prepare them. Thank you. Wishing you a happy St Pat's.

  17. Congratulations, Marigene!
    The potato pancake would be favourite too!

  18. The Bailey's dessert sounds yummy! I noticed that Marigene won. That's wonderful!

  19. Congratulations to Marigene!!

    Thank you, Susan, for introducing me to a new IRISH dish...I will make the Bird Flanagan Potato Pancakes for DH on Tues., his 86th birthday. He'll be thrilled to have a new breakfast treat.

    Gorgeous presentation, as always, of the Bailey's Irish Cream Pots! How did you get that beautiful idyllic background??? It looks just like a meadow in Ireland!


  20. Three great ways to celebrate St. Patrick's day! Congratulations to the winner!

  21. Congratulations to the giveaway winner! Thank you for sharing all of these delicious sounding Irish-inspired recipes, too!

  22. I know I am making at least 2 of these dishes for St-Patrick's Day! Even here in Beirut, there are Irish ( I am meeting one next week!) and they just finished showcasing Irish movies in town for a whole week. Thanks for the round up of recipes and happy St Pat's!

  23. lovely recipes have a good weekend

  24. Both potato dishes sound delicious, but the pancake one sounds outstanding and has just been put on the St Patrick's Day menu - and our new favorite cheese is an Irish cheddar.

  25. I've been wanting some irish food inspiration! These are some great recipes!

  26. Oh Susan, what a delicious array of Irish fare. I'll be making that potato pancake soon! Congrats to your winner.

    PS - we love AI... we don't like waiting for the results so we TiVo the show and skip over the long commercial breaks. Take that Ryan!

  27. All of these are excellent recipes for St Patrick's Day! I will have to keep in mind the champ the next time I create mashed potatoes. And the Irish potato pancake looks so good!

  28. Oh my Susan, all the recipes sound heavenly, especially the Irish potato pancake. I want to make that one soon. However, those Bailey's Irish Cream pots sound divine. Happy weekend!

  29. Mouthwatering recipes, Susan. I have to try the potato pancake first. That and a salad would be a perfect dinner. Congrats to Marigene for winning your EB Mine giveaway.

  30. Great recipes... from the 'Champs' to the Bailey's pots!!! Copied and pasted already.
    Congrats to Marigene!!

  31. All of these recipes look soooo delicious! I actually am Irish, so I love coming up with Irish dishes on St. Pat's. The simple addition of scallions sound like a wonderful idea and, were if not after 11:00 p.m., I'd consider making them. I'll be trying them all. Thanks!

  32. Wow, great the all and especially the potato pancakes with the Canadian bacon and cheese.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you have a wonderful week ahead Susan :)
    Oh! Congratulations to the winner!

  33. I can't decide if I'd rather have the Irish Cream pots or the mashed potatoes! My mouth is watering for both. Really tempting recipes here...great roundup!

  34. If your husband loves this dish, my son Marco will love it!hav a good day Susan, hugs from Trieste...

  35. Perfect recipes for St. Patty's Day. I especially love the Caramel Squiggles.

  36. Congrats to Marigene! What fun St. Patrick Day recipes. The mashed potatoes looks soooo yummy good.

  37. Potatoes have always been a staple in my diet. I am so happy that you shared these recipes, especially the Bird Flanagan Irish Potato Pancakes. I am looking forward to making for dinner this week!

  38. Idaho thanks you for those two delicious and new to me potato dishes Susan. Both look and sound divine!

  39. Nothing better than Champ. Guess we're all getting on the bandwagon with this dish....I'm going to post a recipe on St. Patricks Day! :)

  40. I definitely want to try those potato pancakes soon - I love the idea of using Canadian Bacon or ham + the cheese makes it especially appetizing.

  41. They all look so good! Thanks for the blog crawl shout out too!

  42. What a feast!! the potato pancakes are my fav!!


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