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Broaden Your Palate With Traditional Irish Food

The people of Ireland have long celebrated their culture and strong national identity through music and food. Yes, food!

Many tourists and travelers consider the entire country’s cuisine to be nothing more than hearty pub food to be avoided. And, of course, there have been significant international influences (Chinese, French, West Africa, Polish, Tex Mex, Indian, etc.) which have served to reduce traditional Irish cuisine offerings.

Don’t be fooled. We think you will love traditional Irish dishes to include the following:

Coddle Stew
Found mainly in Dublin, this meaty concoction is made with potatoes, bacon, and pork sausage. The combination was born during WWII when locals found themselves with a surplus of bacon and sausage. Your bowl will be filled with plenty of vegetables too – celery, carrots, and onions – the stew is a taste treat and a meal in itself.

Irish Breakfast
Similar to its cousins in Scotland and England, the greasy breakfast fry-up has been soaking up hangovers in Ireland for years and years.  Although the ingredients vary from county to county, you’ll generally find the following on your plate: sausages, bacon, fried eggs, black pudding, and white pudding. Sometimes it is accompanied by a slide of Irish soda bread.

Colcannon is a mashed potato dish, blended with kale or cabbage. Similar to the Dutch stamppot, this used to be a staple food but is now a heavy, but tasty, side dish. In some pubs, you’ll find this as an alternative option to regular mashed potatoes or chips.

This is the traditional Irish potato pancake; it is like the potato pancake found in other countries, although the Irish typically grate the potatoes very well before frying, resulting in a smoother texture.

So instead of just having a Guinness and a pie on your next Irish tour, why not try one of these traditional local treats?


Tuesday 17th of November 2009

mmm can u send that food to my house?

Terri Fogarty

Wednesday 14th of October 2009

Hi Tamara,

Aside from the above mentioned Irish food, there isa always the traditional corne dBeef and cabbage and Soda bread.

For France check out these posts:

Bon Appetit!


Wednesday 14th of October 2009

My childrens school is having an International night where each class picks a country and puts together a booth all about it. We are supposed to have lots of foods but I am not sure what to make. My sons class is Ireland and my daughters class is France. Can I get some recipe suggestions that would be easy to make and serve as samples.

Elizabeth A Greene

Wednesday 12th of August 2009

Hi: I,m going crazy trying to find a guided tour of the West Coast.I,m Irish by birth but don,t feel comfortable setting out by myself; driving a car I would be a menace to all on the roads!!!! Can you Help?

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