Pubs--short for public houses--dot the countryside in Ireland. Known for their warm, friendly atmosphere, variety of alcoholic beverages and live Irish music, pubs also offer an array of hearty, home-style dishes for the hungry patron. When you create a menu for an Irish pub, stick to the traditional Irish favorites and give your clientele a real taste of the Emerald Isle.
Lamb and Potato Stew
This traditional Irish dish is a good bet to warm up your customers on a cold winter's day. Made with lamb, potatoes, carrots, onions and parsley, Irish stew can be prepared in large casserole dishes or stock pots and kept warm until served. While this dish began as a peasant staple to stretch lamb to its utmost and feed a family, it's now enjoyed by rich and poor alike.
Traditional Irish Breakfast
Breakfast makes a tasty, filling meal anytime of day or night. The Irish breakfast includes bacon, sausage links, fried eggs, grilled tomato slices, baked beans and fried Irish soda bread. If you wish, you can include black pudding and white pudding--both are varieties of sausages popular in Ireland. For authentic taste, fry everything in Irish butter.
This native dish of Dublin, Ireland is substantial and filling and a popular dish in Irish pubs. Another dish that is easy to prepare in quantity and keep warm, Dublin Coddle consists of layered bacon, sausage, potatoes and onion. A good stock--preferably one in which ham was boiled--adds flavor to the dish.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
While corned beef and cabbage is not an authentically Irish dish, it is an Irish-American dish and appropriate for inclusion on the pub menu. Beef was not the staple in Ireland that it is in America, but when the Irish came to America they embraced the beef custom and came up with corned beef and cabbage, according to Irish Culture and Customs. Still, Americans consider it an Irish dish and expect to see it on a pub menu.
This thick, rich dish of meat and potatoes adds authenticity to any Irish pub menu. Ground beef or lamb with gravy, carrots, peas and onions form the bottom layer and crusty, buttery mashed potatoes are on top. This one-dish meal is easy to prepare and cost-effective.
This popular beverage consists of hot coffee, whiskey and sugar topped with heavy cream. Patrons definitely expect to see this on the menu and it's a tasty way to finish a good pub meal.
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