Don’t let your Irish heritage fall by the wayside this Thanksgiving season; bring it to the table. We’ve collected three recipes from the Emerald Isle that are sure to add a festive flavoring to your fare. Try these in your kitchen, and let us know your favorite.
Mashed Carrots & Parsnips
With a texture similar to mashed potatoes, this flavorful and filling side is a favorite for family members both young and old.
1 lb carrots, chopped
1 ¼ lbs parsnips, peeled and cut in cubes
½ cup butter, cut into pats
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream or whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the carrots and parsnips inside. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to the pot. Use a potato masher or handheld blender to mash the carrots and parsnips. Add the butter, spices, salt, pepper, and cream or milk. Stir until soft and well blended. If the mixture is too thick, add more cream or milk.
An Irish classic, this simple recipe for potato cakes—which includes both mashed and raw, grated potatoes—is sure to become a household favorite.
1 cup of mashed potatoes (leftovers make an easy option)
1 ½ cups raw potato, grated
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 ½ – 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
scallions, chopped (for garnish if desired)
Combine the mashed potatoes, raw potato, and onion. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Slowly alternate adding flour and milk being careful not to overmix. You may need more or less of these two ingredients to create the desired dough-like consistency. Create patties out of the mixture, place on a plate and set aside. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add a patty (or multiples, if your pan allows) and cook until golden brown on the bottom side. Flip the patty and repeat on the opposite side. Top with chopped scallions, if desired. Serve warm.
Minty Fresh Peas
This dish is often served with fish or lamb, but also makes a tasty Irish-inspired addition alongside turkey and ham.
1 package frozen peas
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter
Place the first three ingredients in a large saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until peas are tender. Drain and stir in butter. Serve warm.