Top 10 Irish dishes
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.