Recipes: Irish Favorites

Get an early start on your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a bit of Irish cooking…one of the many International cuisine options from Maison Culinaire. Enjoy our recipes for your own meals at home, or have us cater all of your local Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. March celebrations!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

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  • 4-6 pounds corned beef, with seasoning packet
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 lbs. red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lg. head cabbage, divided into 6 wedges


  1. Place corned beef in a large stock pot and fill with water just enough to cover the corned beef. Pour contents of seasoning packet over the corned beef. Bring water to a simmer and cook for 2-3 hours, until the meat is tender.
  2. Place the carrots, potatoes, and onion into the stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until vegetables are soft. Add cabbage and boil an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Remove corned beef from the pot and drain well. Slice it against the grain and serve with drained vegetables.


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Irish Soda Bread

Soda Bread - Recipes: Irish Favorites


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and the beaten egg.
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead several times. Pat dough into a round and place on baking sheet.
  4. In small bowl, stir together melted butter and remaining ¼ cup buttermilk. Brush this mixture over the top of the loaf. Using a sharp knife, cut an “X” shape on the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Check for doneness at 30 minutes, and every five minutes afterwards. Serve warm or cold with fresh butter.

Guinness Mussels

Irish Muscles - Recipes: Irish Favorites


  • 2 to 2 ½ lbs. fresh mussels
  • ½ can Guinness draught beer
  • ½ pint heavy cream
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • ½ to ¾ stick butter
  • Salt & pepper


  1. In a large stockpot with a lid, place the mussels, Guinness, onions and garlic. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the mussels have opened (about 4-5 minutes).
  2. Add the cream and return the pot to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Check the mussels and discard any mussels that have not opened.
  4. Stir in the dill and a generous amount of butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.


Irish Colcannon

Colcannon - Recipes: Irish Favorites


  • 2 to 2 ½ lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6 TBSP. unsalted butter + 1 TBSP. for garnish
  • 3 cups chopped greens (kale, cabbage or chard)
  • ½ cup green onions, both green and white parts, minced
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt & pepper


  1. In a medium pot, place the potatoes and 2 TBSP salt. Cover with cold water one inch above the potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender (about 15-20 minutes). Drain potatoes and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, melt the butter then add the chopped greens. Cook for 3-4 minutes until greens are wilted. Stir in the green onions and cook one additional minute.
  3. Stir in the milk until mixed well. Add the cooked potatoes and heat on medium heat.
  4. Using a fork or potato masher, mash the potatoes to mix together with the greens.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place into serving dish and top with a TBSP of butter. Serve hot.

Irish Kitchen Prayer

“Bless us with good food, the gift of gab and hearty laughter. May the love and joy we share be with us ever after.”


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Topics: International Cuisine, Holidays, Recipes, Special Occaisions, Dinner Ideas, Event Catering, St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Favorites, March

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