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Potluck of the Irish

By Krystle Cornelis
On March 7, 2014

 

Spring break is around the corner and the well-known celebrated holiday in March is St. Patrick's Day and it falls in that very week. Everyone will dress in green, wear shamrocks and participate in traditional activities of food and joining the downtown parade. 

For students who are staying home for spring break with friends, they can get together and celebrate the holiday together with traditional Irish dishes. Classic recipes for St. Patrick's Day, according to Food Network, include Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd's Pie and Irish stew. 

Two things college students face that are against them are time and money. While corned beef and cabbage is the most popular recipe prepared, it can be time consuming and expensive. 

With students in mind, the following is a recipe on a budget while sticking to a classic dish and taste.

Shepherd's Pie

 - 1 pound of lean ground beef

 - Frozen mixed vegetables (carrots and peas)

 - Salt and pepper for seasoning

 - 3 large potatoes (peeled)

 - ½ cup of beef broth 

Directions: 

     Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a pot of water to  boiling and add potatoes, then cook until soft. Mash the potatoes with 3 tablespoons of butter and ¼ cup milk, salt and pepper for taste. In one large non-stick sauté pan, add beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned over medium heat. (If you need to, you can add 1 tablespoon of oil to pan to prevent sticking.)  Add frozen vegetables with the beef broth and cook for another 10 minutes. 

     In a casserole dish, coat the surface with butter to prevent sticking and add beef and vegetable mixture to the dish. Then add the mashed potatoes on top. Once assembled, the dish should bake in oven for 30 minutes. 

     This could be served with sautéed cabbage, which is made with one sliced head of cabbage, 3 tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper and sautéed for 10 minutes on medium heat until cabbage is cooked. 

For dessert ideas, mint chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate fudge drizzled on top would be a perfect match and add that green touch to the meal.  


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