As North Americans, when we hear “Irish food,” most of us think corned beef, cabbage and potatoes – LOTS of potatoes. But Irish food is so much more than that – Irish people in Ireland don’t even eat corned beef! Meals feature a variety of sausages, lamb, salmon, scallops, clams, cod, ham, turkey, pork and chicken. The vegetables they enjoy regularly are varied and delicious, with a variety of preparations. The dishes do tend to be hearty and feature lots of root and cruciferous vegetables. Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, leeks, turnips, radishes, onions, kale, Brussels sprouts, celery and parsnips, and yes, cabbages and potatoes, all have starring roles on Irish dinner plates. Read on for a few wonderful Irish vegetable dishes you can serve any time, plus a bonus recipe for Irish soda bread!
If you want more authentic Irish recipes for dishes like Dublin lawyer, whiskey chicken, coddle, potato cakes and more, check out David Bowers’ Real Irish Food. It’s full of beautiful photos and excellent recipes.