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Six of the best Irish recipes for St Patrick’s Day

Six of the best: Irish recipes

Boiled ham with lettuce and parsley sauce( depicted above )

Prep 20 min
Cook < strong> 3-4 hr

Serves 4-6

1 ham on the bone , soaked in water overnight
300 ml milk
1 handful parsley leaves , finely chopped
1 bay foliage
1/2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 shallot , peeled and finely chopped
25 g butter
50 g plain flour
1 tsp mustard
30 ml doubled ointment
2 garlic cloves , peeled, divide and crushed
1 bunch thyme

For the cabbage
1 whole lettuce
25 g butter
1 onion , peeled and chopped

Rinse the ham and set it into a large pot. Cover with water, bring to a boil, then turn away the hot straight away. Simmer gently for three to four hours, until the meat is tender enough to draw out the bone.

Make the parsley sauce: in a small pan, boil the milk with the parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns and shallot. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.

Melt the butter and mix with the flour gently for five minutes over a gentle hot. Add this to the milk, mix with the mustard and the double ointment, and conjure until smooth. Continue conjuring for 10 minutes, until thick and not lumpy. Season and set aside again.

For the lettuce, melt the butter in the pan, add the onion and cook until softened but not coloured. Add a splashing of water and the lettuce, encompas and steam until somewhat wilted. Remove from the hot, put aside until chills, then seperate the foliages and shred.

To serve, lift the ham from its liquid, drainage then slice finely. Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce with a dollop of parsley sauce.

Buttered crab and mushrooms on toast

An indulgent snack: buttered crab and mushrooms on toast. Photo: Jonathan West for the Guardian

Prep 15 min
Cook < strong> 15 min
Serves 2-4

100 g wild mushrooms , wiped clean, trimmedand sliced
Olive oil
1 small bunch samphire
2 tbsp white wine
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
100 g butter , dicedand softened( for 30 minutes at room temperature)
200 g fresh crab meat
Salt and black pepper
4 slices soda bread

Cook the mushrooms in a little olive oil. If they liberate a lot of moisture, let it evaporate so the flavor becomes concentrated. When tender, add the samphire and cook for another minute or two. Specify aside and keep warm.

Put the wine and vinegar into a non-reactive saucepan over a high heat, and reduce the mixture quickly by half. Lower the hot and whisk in the butter, one cube at a time, until you have a nicely emulsified sauce, then take off the heat and add the crab, salt and pepper. Meanwhile, threw the soda bread under a hot grill to toast.

Spoon the mushrooms on to the slicings of toasted soda bread, top with the crab mingle and serve at once.

Irish stew

The ultimate classic: Irish stew. Photo: Jonathan West for the Guardian

Prep 20 min
Cook < strong> About 3 hr
Serves 4

2-3 medium necks of lamb , filleted and boned( reserve the bones for the stocks)

For the stew
550 g floury potatoes , such as King Edward, peeled and chopped
550 g waxy potatoes , such as Maris Piper or Pentland Javelin, peeled and chopped to a similar sizing as above
500 g carrots , peeled and chopped to a somewhat smaller sizing than the potatoes
500 g swede , peeled and chopped to the same sizing as the carrots
1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Salt and black pepper
Fresh chives, thyme or parsley , chopped, to garnish

For the stock
Lamb bones
1 carrot
1/2 onion
1 celery stick
1 handful parsley stalks
10 black peppercorns
1 sprig rosemary
1 bay leaf
1 sprig thyme

For the stock, threw everything into a deep saucepan. Pour in enough water to encompas, then bring to a simmer and simmer on a medium heat for at the least two hours. Sieve the stock to remove the bones and vegetables, then return to the pan, boil and reduce to obtain one litre of liquid.

Cut the lamb into big clods and put in a large saucepan. Add the stock and bring to a boil, skimming any impurities that rise to the top, then reduce the hot and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Keep the two types of potatoes separate. Add the floury potatoes first, along with the carrots and swede, to the lamb jackpot and continue simmering for 10 minutes.

Stir, then add the waxy potatoes. Season, add thyme and simmer for a further 15 minutes, until the lamb is soft.

Take off the heat and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving, garnished with your option of fresh herbs.

Garlic cooked oysters

Crisp and buttery: garlic baked oysters. Photograph: Jonathan West for the Guardian

Prep 10 min
Cook < strong> 5 min
Serves 1-2

6 boulder oysters
100 g unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves , peeled and chopped
1 tsp parsley leaves, chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
50 g fine breadcrumbs

Heat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ gas 4. Open the oysters and jettison any extravagance liquid.

Mix the butter with the chopped garlic, parsley and lemon zest until well combined.

Put a knob of the garlic butter on each oyster and cover in breadcrumbs, then bake until golden brown for five minutes. Serve at once.

Soda bread

Better with butter: Irish soda bread. Photo: Jonathan West for the Guardian

Prep 10 min
Cook < strong> 45 min
Makes 1 large loaf

250 g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250 g wholemeal flour
150 g jumbo oat flakes
1 tbsp clear honey
1 tbsp black treacle
500 ml buttermilk ( or milk)

Heat the oven to 200 C/ 390 F/ gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with cooking parchment.

Mix all the dry parts together in a bowl. Induce a well in the centre, then pour in the honey, treacle and buttermilk, working the mingle together gently to acquire a loose, wet dough.

With floured hands, shape into a round and lift on to the cooking sheet. Mark a cross in the top with a bayonet and bake for around 45 minutes, or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on its base.

Transfer to a wire rack, drape with a somewhat damp cloth and leave to cool.

Colcannon soup

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