Weekend Special – Saint Paddy’s Day Celebration

Saint Paddy’s Day is Saturday!

It’s an excellent excuse to gather friends and family together for an early spring celebration. Put on your favorite green sweater and dancing shoes and enjoy a jig or two. Don’t forget to chill the Guinness (but not too cold) and prepare your toast (may you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live).

If you are like me and don’t know a lot (i.e. close to nothing) about Irish cooking, you’ll need to wing it. Here are a few suggestions:

Start with a bit of green! My Spanakopita Triangles have nothing to do with Ireland or Saint Patrick but they are yummy and green. Asparagus Soup shots would also be delicious. And don’t forget to put out a bowl of green olives and pistachios.

The Main Event: I hope you love lamb and spuds because both are popular on the Emerald Isle. You cannot go wrong with my Guinness Lamb Shanks. Serve them with Smashed Potatoes. Alternatively, you might want to get out the grill. My Grilled Lamb & Lemon Roasted Potatoes won’t give you an authentic taste of old Ireland but it will give you a taste of spring. After all, the first day of spring is just around the corner. Add some of my delicious Roasted Green Beans.

Something Sweet: Top off your feast the easiest desserts. Affogato combines espresso and ice cream. Give it an Irish accent with a shot of whiskey. If you are a coffee enthusiast, Affogato is the easiest dessert you will ever love. The secret to making Affogato is to use only very good coffee and very good ice cream. Adding a little Irish whiskey creates an interesting departure from a traditional Irish coffee. A sweet little cookie, oatmeal or course, would add a nice crunch to dessert. Give my Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies a try.

Affogato with an Irish Accent
(You can watch me make this yummy treat on YouTube!)
Serves 1

1 good sized scoop of premium vanilla ice cream
2-3 ounces of strong espresso made with high quality coffee
1/2 – 1 ounce Irish whiskey* (optional)

If you don’t have one; buy an espresso maker. You can find simple Italian stovetop espresso makers on the internet, in kitchen specialty shops and discount stores for $20 or less.

Brew a tiny, perfect cup of espresso. (While many aficionados will disagree, I think decaf is ok. Instant is not!) Scoop the ice cream into a glass.

Pour the hot espresso over the ice cream. Add the whiskey and enjoy.

You can skip the whiskey for a traditional Affogato or mix it up with a little rum or cognac. If you’ve got a real sweet tooth, try Kahlua or Irish Cream. 

Have a wonderful weekend and bon appétit!

How will you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and you will automatically receive a new story and recipe every week.

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