Imagine prepping for one of the biggest feasts of the year — the Thanksgiving meal. Everything that’s on the menu is traditionally American. However, it looks incomplete. That one-of-a-kind final touch that would bring your culture to life is missing.
If there is one thing that the Irish do well it’s cooking for the winters. Traditional Irish foods would make your day meal an Irish Thanksgiving feast for sure. After all, the true purpose of Thanksgiving is to prepare a spectacular meal that will keep the winter blues at bay.
Irish Dishes Perfect for Thanksgiving
The Irish, as a northward outcropping nation, know a thing or two about how to beat the winter blues with rich foods that will thrill your senses. Without further ado, here are our recommendations to give your traditional Thanksgiving an Irish twist:-
1. Irish Lamb Stew
Don’t squander your money, and don’t go hungry. While stew is a global cuisine, for hundreds of years, people made the Irish stew with mutton and Irish mashed potatoes, two essential food sources. Nothing went to waste because the broth was a brilliant mix of herbs and veggie leftovers.
What exactly is Colcannon? It’s a delectable and distinctively Irish way to serve mashed potatoes with roasted cabbage, kale, or leeks. There doesn’t seem to be a single Irish granny who prepares Colcannon in the same manner, which adds to the charm.
Try this modern version of the Traditional Colcannon or give it your own twist.
3. Shepherd’s Pie
If you ask any Irish person what they consider “comfort food,” a vast majority will say Shepherd’s Pie. With gravy and veggies, rich mashed potatoes all served over a flavorful ground meat entrée. It’s everything you’ve been craving for supper, and it’s the best recipe for a family get-together.
Looking for the perfect recipe? Try this classic Shepherd’s Pie recipe.
4. Barmbrack (Báirín Breac)
This Irish soda bread is known as “speckled bread” because of the dried fruit and currants packed into the sweet brown dough. It’s traditionally cooked with a souvenir inside for Halloween. Whoever discovers the buried jewel will be fortunate in the coming year. With or without the baked-in secret, a barmbrack would be an excellent side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.
Curious to try? This is a great place to start.
5. Black Pudding Salad
This spiced sausage (prepared with pork blood, spices, and different pork meats) might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about salad ingredients. However, it goes well with kale, arugula, spinach, apples, goat cheeses, pears, walnuts, light vinaigrettes, and other crisp-sweet-savory salad ingredients.
Try this quick to make Bacon and Black Puddin Salad!
6. Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake
Few combinations are more delicious than cheesecake with Bailey’s Irish Cream. In a sumptuous and creamy dish, a decadent and creamy Irish liquor. It will certainly help if you don’t go into a joyful food coma after dinner.
Check this mouth-watering recipe.
7. Irish Coffee
A traditional Irish coffee with quality whiskey is a must-try. Hot black coffee, sugar granules, Irish whiskey, and a layer of delicately hand-whipped rich cream on top make a genuine Irish Coffee. Nothing less will suffice.
Master it with this great recipe!
8. Roast Turkey/Goose with an Irish Twist
Make sure your turkey has plenty of sage and onion filling, as well as roast gravy to go with it, to give it a particular Irish flavor. You could even go one step further and substitute goose for the turkey, which was customarily utilized in Ireland before the 17th century when the turkey was introduced.
9. Irish Goose
Are you weary of the same old turkey or ham for Thanksgiving? Then try a traditional Irish roast goose recipe. The trick to a lovely crispy finish on the roast goose is gently pricking the skin. An Irish Roast Goose recipe is a spin on the traditional American Thanksgiving table. It will surely attract a lot of attention and appreciation when made correctly.
Try this delicious Roast Goose Stuffing recipe.
10. Irish Apple Crumble
Irish Apple Crumble is a must-have for the climax of a Thanksgiving Harvest-themed Irish Menu. This is a holiday tradition that brings Irish families from all around the country together. The most traditional way to create this dish is with Bramley Apples, a particularly tangy and tart fruit.
It’s Irish Cuisine for Thanksgiving!
Ireland’s farm-to-table tradition, in which food is produced — in most cases organic, washed, cooked, and then served — has captivated the world in recent decades. Nothing compares to produce cultivated in your own nation, following the seasons and gathered at the most propitious time. Use this to make your Thanksgiving meal stand out.
Thanksgiving with Irish delicacies ensures more variety and culture on the table.
Irish recipes come from years of tradition, making many of them raw and exquisite. The amalgamation of Thanksgiving with Irish delicacies ensures more variety and culture on the table than ever before.
If you’re one of the 40 million or so individuals who resonate with Irish culture, including Irish cuisine into your Thanksgiving day customs could be a perfect match. Add the best Irish recipes to your Thanksgiving menu to make it the ideal Irish American Thanksgiving celebration!
Slán go fóill