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St. Patrick's Day Feast

Updated: 4 days ago

Settle down with this savory meal on St. Patty's Day 2024



St. Patrick's Day, or as some like to call it, the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. wikipedia.org


In America, we know it is an Irish holiday that we get to throw lavish parties inspired by the color green, but did you know Saint Patrick lived during the fifth century? He was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped, and brought to Ireland as a slave at the tender age of 16. He would later escape to freedom and later return to Ireland. 


He is credited for bringing Christianity to its people. After his death, he was deemed the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. 

If you look up St. Patrick's Day recipes, you will be bombarded with drinks, appetizers, and sweets. 


This blog post is for those who want to have a proper Irish feast on this special day. This potato ham bake and crisp goat cheese salad are reminiscent of an Irish down-home meal. 

I hope you enjoy it, and let me know in the comments section how it turned out. 


Potato Ham Bake Recipe




Ingredients


  • 3 medium Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 2 Cups cubed, fully cooked ham

  • 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings

  • 8 slices processed American cheese

  • 1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed


Cooking Directions


  1. In a greased 3-qt. baking dish, layer half of the potatoes, ham, onion, cheese, and soup. 

  2. Repeat layers. 

  3. Cover and bake at 350F for 1 1/4 hours or until potatoes are almost tender.

  4. Sprinkle with peas.

  5. Bake uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through. 

Serve.


Crisp Goat-Cheese Salad



Ingredients


  • 1/2 Cup olive oil, plus more for baking sheet

  • 3 large red potatoes (1 lb)

  • 1 large egg

  • salt and pepper

  • 1 1/2 Cups plain bread crumbs

  • 1 12oz log fresh goat cheese

  • 1 Tablespoon white-wine vinegar

  • 1 Tablespoon grainy or Dijon mustard

  • 8 oz. mesclun or mixed salad greens


Cooking Directions


  1. Heat the broiler.

  2. Brush a baking sheet with oil. 

  3. Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil.

  4. Simmer until fork-tender (20-25 minutes)

  5. Rinse the potatoes under cold water until cool enough to handle, and cut into 1-inch chunks.

  6. In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

  7. Place breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl. 

  8. Slice goat cheese into 8 rounds, and pat each into a disk about 1.2 inches thick.

  9. Dip disks in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs, coating evenly.

  10. Place on prepared baking sheet.

  11. In a large bowl, whisk together Vinegar, mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

  12. Slowly add 1/4 cup of oil, whisking to emulsify. Set aside.

  13. Brush disks lightly with remaining 1/4 cup oil, and broth until golden and crisp (about 5 minutes).

  14. Toss mesclun and potatoes in the dressing.

  15. Spoon salads into plates, and top with 2 cheese disks. 

Serve.

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