Top 10 Irish dishes

If you have eaten 8 out of 10 of these... you're basically Irish!

Irish food has evolved over centuries of social and political change, as well as the mixing of different cultures.

Here are the 10 best Irish dishes. If you've tried at least 8 out of 10, I can confirm you are an honorary Irish person.

1. Tayto sandwich

Some say the high kings of Ireland ate this special sandwich... For the traditional Irish crisp sandwich, you will need:

White bread.

Irish butter

Tayto Crisps: flavour of your choice but Cheese and Onion is best

3 simple ingredients to make the world's greatest sandwich.

2. Anything from Supermac's

What is Supermac's I hear you ask? Supermac’s is Ireland’s favourite fast food chain, especially when you've visited the pub. Supermac’s first opened in 1978 and the first restaurant was located in Ballinasloe Town, County Galway in the West of Ireland.

3. Barmbrack

Barmbrack is fruity bread served with lots of butter. It's definitely worth a try but can be a little dry (hence the butter). Some recipes include raisins, as well as whiskey and black tea.

4. Sunday roast

Is there anything better than a Sunday roast? A survey by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, found the ‘Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner’ was Ireland’s favourite dish, with 45% of the consumer panel voting it top.

5. Irish soda bread

Every Irish family has its own recipe of soda bread. They're usually hand-written on a notebook, or wedged in several cookery books. Some of the recipes have a sweet taste of honey and sugar, while others have dried fruits topping the bread. In some cases, people add oats, seeds, or bran for a healthy boost. The only ingredients that don’t change are buttermilk, which gives the bread its texture, as well as bicarbonate of soda.

6. An Irish Chinese

The Irish argue Chinese food in Ireland is the best variation that you’ll find anywhere in the world. While this may seem like a ridiculous thing to include in an article about Irish food, Irish people regularly consume Chinese food from their local takeaway and love doing so. Therefore, it would be wrong not to include it.

7. Boxty

Mashed and grated potato is mixed with salt and flour to form round dumplings. They are then boiled and fried in butter. You can also have Boxty sliced into thin pieces and baked in the oven. Either way, Boxty are incredibly creamy and buttery. Most people say that the term boxty originated from an Irish phrase “ara´n bocht ti´,” which means 'poor-house bread'.

8. A full Irish breakfast

The Irish fry-up usually consists of toast, soda farls, bacon, fried eggs, sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes.

9. Coddle

The name Coddle comes from 'coddling' or the slow cooking of ingredients. The slices of sausage are stewed in a slow fire for hours along with other ingredients including bacon, sliced onions and potatoes.

10. Irish stew

Irish stew is by far the most traditional Irish dish. It's cooked in pots where all the ingredients – meat, potatoes, onions etc. are mixed and cooked together. For the best taste, you have to cook the stew on a low heat to ensure the meat is incredibly tender, and the gravy is thick. You can add other ingredients, such as pearly barley and carrots. Beef stew is definitely my favourite.

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Comments (9)

  • These sound delicious. My late mother claimed to be of Irish descent, but I've never confirmed it. I'd happily eat ANY of these meals. It's a pity Ireland has such a reputation for it raining constantly, or it'd be a top destination for my post-brexit escape plan...

      2 years ago
  • Hmmm, I’m hungry

      2 years ago
  • I’ve tried most of it, I’m 75% Irish. I’m good with that.

    But sadly I’m canadian 😢

    I just like Irish foods and drinks tremendously. And traditional Irish tunes too.

      2 years ago
  • My Mum was full Irish background Australian, and she cooked lamb and beef stew, Spag Bol, pineapple and custard slice, choc brownies, date slice, chow mein, coconut bread, ( served with pineapple jam, and butter, unbelievably tasty ) poached fish with garlic, parsley and parmesan sauce, and steamed silverbeet.

    For lunch we had jam and cheese, peanut butter and vegemite sandwiches , with loads of choc brownies.

    We ate a lot of hot baked beans on toast with poached tomatoes and eggs for breakfast

      2 years ago
  • What about the white pudding on the trad Irish breakfast?

      2 years ago