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Irish Nachos & Guinness Stew Recipe

These are the little savory morsels that inspired Irish Food Day at my house.  Stand in awe of the Irish Nachos!

If I had not been surrounded by my lovely family I would have made inappropriate noises until this platter was EMP-TY!

Seasoned red potatoes with bacon and cheese are the recipe for culinary seduction.  Make a note of that.  I can’t be the only one.  My mouth is dominated by a sweet tooth but this dish, although simple, has such flavors that will make me ask my Irish Coffee Cake to hold on a sec.

These are pretty easy to make but regardless of the difficulty it was extremely nice of Deanna and Andy to bring so much food for Irish Food Day!  I’m very proud to share with you the recipe for Irish Nachos.

IRISH NACHOS

2 bags of frozen, seasoned red potatoes cut “jo-jo” style

shredded cheese

bacon

green onions

Ranch, cocktail sauce or just good old fashioned ketchup

Spread your potatoes on a baking sheet and bake per package directions until golden brown.  Then remove potatoes, cover with shredded cheese, bacon and green onions and bake until cheese is melted.

I’d double that recipe if you plan to share. For some reason I am just crazy for those nachos!

I wanted to give the nachos and stew their own posts but St. Patrick’s Day is coming faster than I expected so I had better share this Guinness Stew recipe with you before we run out of time. :)

My sister Deanna made this recipe up by herself.  She compiled different stew recipes and made it into something she thought it should be.  She said it was weird that she couldn’t find a stew recipe with tomatoes, but she added them to her stew “because they should be there!”  When she gave me the notes for her recipe she told me, “I just picked things I liked and made stew with it!”  I love it.  You should try this and feel free to improvise!

So there you have it folks.

 

DEANNA’S GUINNESS STEW

1 1/2 bottles Guinness

4 cups chopped carrots

4 diced tomatoes

1 diced onion

1 sprig of thyme

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 pounds of beef, cut for stew

4 tablespoons of flour

oil for saute

salt & pepper

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Heat a large pot (that is also oven safe), add your cooking oil and brown your beautiful beef.  Season with salt, pepper and cayenne.  Add your onions and carrots, stirring and enjoying the delicious fragrances!  Let your tomatoes join the party along with 1 bottle of Guinness and the thyme.  Cover your pot and bake in the oven for about 3 hours.  About 1 1/2 hours into the baking time add another 1/2 bottle of Guinness.  Serve withIrish Soda Bread for an Irish theme.

Source: http://tryanythingonce.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/irish-nachos-guinness-stew/

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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Super Bowl, Uncategorized

 

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Betty’s St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie. The only connection this pie has to St. Patrick’s Day is that it is a gorgeous green color. The pie is made of marshmallows, crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and whipped cream. It is served in a Chocolate Crumb Pie Crust and garnished with sweetened whipped cream, chocolate curls, and green maraschino cherries.

Ingredients:

1 baked Chocolate Crumb Pie Crust (You will find a recipe for this in bettyskitchen. If you prefer, you may use a ready-made chocolate pie crust.)
32 large marshmallows
2/3 cup milk
¼ cup crème de menthe (You may substitute 1 tablespoon mint flavoring for a non-alcoholic version.)
3 tablespoons white (clear) crème de cacao—or crème de cocoa (You may substitute 2 teaspoons white chocolate flavoring for a non-alcoholic version. If you cannot find white, the color of the chocolate flavoring will darken the coloring of the finished pie.)
1 ½ cups chilled whipping cream
½ cup additional chilled whipping cream
small amount of confectioner’s sugar
dark chocolate curls or shavings (You will find a Quick Tip on making chocolate curls in bettyskitchen.)
green maraschino cherries

Heat 32 marshmallows with 2/3 cup milk in a saucepan over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted. Reduce heat if the sauce begins to stick to the bottom of the saucepan, and continue to stir continuously. (If the sauce sticks to the saucepan, it will brown slightly, causing small brown flecks in your pie mixture.) Chill sauce until thickened. Blend in ¼ cup crème de menthe and 3 tablespoons white (clear) crème de cacao. Use a mixer to beat 1 ½ cup whipping cream until stiff. Fold whipped cream into marshmallow mixture. Pour into baked chocolate crumb crust. With a mixer, beat ½ cup whipping cream until stiff. Add confectioner’s sugar, to taste. Place dollops of sweetened whipped cream evenly in a pattern on top of pie. Sprinkle chocolate curls or shavings on top of the whipped cream (or over the entire top of the pie). Place a green maraschino cherry on top of each dollop of whipped cream. Place pie in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or more), so that it will become firm. Cut individual slices and place them on nice dessert plates. This is a showy, dramatic dessert that tastes wonderful, and it allows you to have something green for dessert on Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie! Love, Betty ♥♥♥♥♥

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen

 

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Betty’s St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make traditional St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage. This recipes just uses corned beef, cabbage, onion and garlic; however, you can turn it into a “New England Boiled Dinner” by adding small potatoes, onions, and carrots about 30 minutes before the end of cooking.

Ingredients:

2 ½ pounds corned beef brisket
1 clove garlic, minced
½ medium onion, quartered
½ medium head of fresh cabbage, cut into 4 quarters
fresh outer cabbage leaves, for garnish

Place a 2 ½-pound corned beef brisket in a Dutch oven or other large pot. Include the juices, if the corned beef brisket is packed with juices. Also, include any spice seasoning that comes with the corned beef brisket, if desired. This seasoning is not necessary, because the corned beef brisket is fully seasoned. Add 1 clove minced garlic and ½ medium quartered onion. Add water until it covers the corned beef brisket. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly, and simmer for 50 minutes per pound—in this case, about 2 hours. Place meat on a utility platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Skim the fat and debris from the liquid and add cabbage quarters. Simmer 15 minutes. Slice the corned beef about ½-inch thick, being sure to slice across the grain, rotating the brisket, if necessary. To serve your St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage, garnish a large platter with the fresh outer leaves of your cabbage, place the sliced corned beef in a strip down the center of the platter, and surround the sliced corned beef with cooked cabbage. This is a beautiful dish that will help you enjoy a classic Saint Patrick’s Day feast! I hope you love it! (I will be giving you an idea for using your corned beef leftovers soon.) –Betty ♥♥♥♥♥

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Beef, Betty's Kitchen, Meats

 

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