7 Irish Potato Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Colcannon Chowder

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday! Celebrate with 7 delicious traditional Irish potato recipes. There’s something for everyone, from pancakes to soups and even potato candy!

As always, though many of these recipes call for steaming, baking or boiling, you can always use Express Bake PotatOHs as a shortcut and reduce cooking time, because they’re ready in just 4-7 minutes in the microwave. Enjoy!

Irish Potato Cakes

Irish Potato Cakes with Sour Cream Sauce

Traditional Irish potato pancakes are also called Boxty, and date back to the days of the potato famine. Families would make them to stretch potatoes for as many meals as possible. Today, Irish potato pancakes are a popular dish, even in restaurants. Our recipe adds flavor with cheddar cheese and an extra kick to with the addition of hot sauce and a touch of cayenne pepper.

 

Colcannon Chowder

Colcannon Chowder

This recipe puts a spin on traditional Irish Colcannon, which is a mixture of warm mashed potatoes and cabbage, and turns it into a hearty chowder. You can add smoked chicken or turkey sausage for extra flavor, or keep it vegetarian with cabbage, onion, carrots and of course, potatoes.

 

Corned Beef Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage 

A common dish found at any St. Patrick’s Day celebration, corned beef and cabbage is part of Irish-American culture loved by all. It became popular in the United States after Irish immigrants began substituting corned beef for instead of pork. This recipe takes a while to cook, but we assure you it will be well worth the wait.

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Apple Potato Mash

Appled Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This recipe combines the delicious flavors of three favorite foods: apples, potatoes and bacon! The added flavors of vinegar, butter and sugar and nutmeg give this adventurous side dish a taste that’s a little sweet and completely just right.

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Irish Potato Farls

Irish Potato Farls

The word farl originates from the Gaelic word fardel, which means “four parts.” Though this recipe calls for cooking fresh potatoes, these potato griddle breads can be made with leftover mashed potatoes too. You can serve it hot with a little butter and salt, or fry them alongside soda bread.

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Irish Potato Soup

Irish Potato Soup

Beginning in the 18th century, potatoes began appearing in Irish soups to make them heartier meals. Potato soup has persisted over the centuries and today it remains a popular dish, especially to warm up with on cold days in fall and winter. With cheddar cheese, cooked bacon and chives, this recipe is sure to please your palate.

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Irish Potato Candy

Irish Potato Candy

These are a bit of a misnomer. “Irish potato candy” isn’t really Irish — they originated in Philadelphia! Also, they’re not actually made with potatoes, but cream cheese and coconut! But because they are cute, delicious and look like little potatoes, we love them anyway, and we know you will, too.

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You Say ‘Potato;’ We Say ‘PotatOH!’

Fingerlings in New Package

Potatoes are delicious, but waiting for them to cook in the oven is the pits. Luckily, we have a solution: PotatOHs!

Nothing says comfort food like a steamy baked potato, but sometimes you don’t have time to bake up fresh spuds in the oven. Whether you’re baking or roasting, it can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to make your potatoes in a conventional oven, and that doesn’t even include the time it takes to preheat!

That’s fine for a special occasion, but on a busy weeknight, chances are you need to get supper on the table a little bit faster than that. Or a lot faster.

Cooking your potatoes in the microwave saves a ton of time, but have you noticed how when you cook regular potatoes in the microwave, the skin gets shriveled, and sometimes you end up with those not-so-appetizing hard spots?

That’s because microwaving food without the right packaging causes it to lose moisture. When you toss a typical naked potato in the microwave, you’re losing all of the natural moisture that keeps it tasting fresh. Also, more delicate potatoes like fingerlings don’t fare well in the microwave at all. They tend to just shrivel up into terrible little rocks. Not exactly the steamy, satisfying dish you were going for!

This is where the PotatOH comes in!

With PotatOHs, you can get a nutrition-packed meal on the table in 4-7 minutes instead of almost an hour, and that means less time in the kitchen and more time with your family. But what makes PotatOHs any different from other spuds? The secret is in the packaging.

We wrap every PotatOH in our special, BPA-free and recyclable SavorSeal™ wrap, designed to work with your microwave to lock in moisture and steam up every PotatOH so it’s just right.

That SavorSeal™ means no more hard spots or unappetizing, wrinkled skins! Whether you choose a tray of Fingerlings, our miniature Ruby or Gold Jubileez, or a good ‘ol russet or sweet potato, we tell you right on the package how to cook ’em up so they’re just right, and the SavorSeal™ makes sure that they come out as perfectly as any oven-baked potato. No waiting, no guesswork. Just perfect, delicious potatoes.

Once they’re steamed, your PotatOH is ready to serve! You can load ’em up with your favorite toppings – like cheese, salsa, or sour cream – and mash ’em, or get a little fancy. One of our favorite weeknight PotatOH dishes is this simple salad starring our Fingerling Jubileez. You can serve it up as a side dish, or make it a meal all on its own!

Fingerling Jubileez Salad

Fingerling Jubileez Salad

Yield: 4 appetizers or 2 meal-sized servings; Prep time: around 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tray PotatOH Fingerling Jubileez
  • 4 cups fresh lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite salad dressing

Cooking Directions

  1. Toss the PotatOHs in the microwave, and cook ’em up according to the package directions.
  2. While the PotatOHs cook, toss the veggies in a serving bowl. When they’re ready, add the PotatOHs, toss with the dressing, and serve!

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Potatoes in Ireland: A Tale of Intrigue, Espionage, and Dinner

Potatoes in Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so let’s celebrate this traditional Irish holiday by paying homage to that most Irish of foods: the humble potato!

There’s a rich tradition of potatoes in Irish culture, but did you know that potatoes aren’t originally an Irish food? Spuds actually have their roots in the mountains of Peru and Bolivia, where they’ve grown for thousands of years. It wasn’t until around 500 years ago that Spanish conquistadors brought potatoes back to Europe, where they made their way up to Ireland.

Still, 500 years is plenty of time to build some rich — and delicious! — traditions. And since those tasty tubers made their way across the Atlantic and across the Continent, they’ve become an important part of Irish culture, from colcannon chowder to potato tasting contests!

Much has been written about the Great Potato Famine, so let’s get ready for St. Paddy’s day by looking at some of the less talked-about — and happier — history and traditions of Irish potatoes instead!

The Epic Journey of the Irish Potato

So, how did potatoes make it from Spain all the way over to Ireland? By many accounts, it was actually a pretty dramatic journey.

When the conquistadors returned to Spain with their bounty, some say that British spies stole potatoes from Spain and headed back to Britain with them, expecting that they’d catch on as an efficient food source. Unfortunately, the Brits weren’t as crazy about potatoes as you’d think. Their first mistake? They ate them raw. Not the greatest first impression.

Rather than try out these suspicious new veggies on their own people, the British sent potatoes to the colony of Ireland, where they were an instant hit. Not only is Ireland’s climate very similar to the potato’s home soil, but Irish farmers loved how quickly they grew and how many potatoes you could produce in a relatively small space.

It was an instant love affair, and despite experiencing the infamous potato famine in the mid-1800s, potatoes are still a staple of Irish culture today.

Irish Potatoes: Fun Facts!

  • Each year, towns across Ireland hold potato-tasting competitions, where potato growers from all over the area vie for the #1 spot. The event is called “An Spud-Off Mor.” Want to see one of these in action? Check out the video!
  • Potatoes didn’t originate in Ireland. They made their way to Europe in the 1500s after Spanish conquistadors discovered them in the Andes mountains.
  • Irish Potato Candy, a St. Patrick’s Day staple for many people, is neither Irish nor made of potatoes. It’s actually a Philadelphia-based tradition, and the candy is usually made from coconut, sugar, and other decidedly non-potato ingredients.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is when Irish farmers traditionally plant their potato crops. The legend is that St. Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland – makes planting conditions ideal on his special holiday.
  • Potatoes actually came to North America from Ireland in the 1700s, not from our neighbors in Peru, which means that they traveled across the ocean and back again to make it to your dinner plate!
  • While there are almost countless varieties of potatoes in a rainbow of colors, the Irish potato is a white potato, sometimes called an “Earth apple.”

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