What's For Dinner #91 - the Irish Spring! Edition - March 2023

Munchies and adult beverages in front of the TV - Spinach Maria and tortilla chips!


I was planning on takeout pizza but got the St. Patty’s cooking bug at 3:00 p.m. Ended up making Irish soda bread (subbing whiskey-soaked raisins for the savory stuff). We brought that over a friend’s place to be devoured with lots of butter. I also made a Guinness beef pot roast that will be enjoyed tomorrow - too full of snacks tonight.


Cinnamon-and-cumin-spiced lamb meatballs over lemony Greek rice. Marinated olives and feta. Baby garden peas.


Wow. Figured I’d be tenth in line of boring CB &C dinners. Here’s mine along with pintos made with crispy salt pork. Sour cream horseradish sauce. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!:shamrock:


Yeah 'tis Saint Patrick’s day, where’s all the corned beef. My corned beef, colcannon made with brussels sprouts and a blob of butter, glazed carrots, mustard and horseradish. Irish flag salad, mixed greens, onion. cucumber, avocado, blood orange, blue cheese and pistachios. Dressed with evoo, white vine vinegar, garlic, honey dressing. Guinness extra stout.


A lovely non-St. Patrick’s Day dinner at Dali with a friend whose birthday was last weekend.

Sangria, and lots of it

Tapas were Creamy Squid Ink Black Rice and Garlic Alioli with Crispy, Deep-Fried Squid, Patatas Bravas, Lamb Chops with Peach Sauce, and Duck with Berry Sauce (too dark for most pictures).

The potatoes and lamb were our nod to Ireland.

Churros for dessert with with warm chocolate sauce and Dulce de Leche sauce. And Cuarenta y Tres.


No CB here - take-out pizza and the BF’s salad!

Happy Friday, y’all…


To corned beef or not to corned beef? That is the question. Well, this year, the answer would be no. To me, its ok-- not a huge fan but I’ll do it for the occasion. BF does not like. Mom is same as me, but has an ancient slow cooker recipe that she dutifully made almost every year. I worked semi-late, so just BF and I tonight. And I’ve realized the only cabbage I truly like is in spring rolls and coleslaw. No big loss.

Let’s start with the booze: Guinness for BF and a “Dubliner” for me: Proper 12 Irish Whiskey, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and of course, a green cherry.

I needed a strong drink. Short drive home from work and was nearly killed (no exaggeration) when a car coming the opposite direction literally drove into my lane head-on only to turn off last second. I slammed on the brakes. My belongings on the passenger seat hit the window and my heart ended up in my throat. St Patty’s Day is like NYE: I’d rather drink at home. With all the driving apps at one’s disposal, there really is no excuse to drive drunk (if there ever was, ever).

There was food.

Bangers and Mash. Guinness onion gravy (fantastic). Mom’s Irish Soda Bread. We subbed roasted garlic chicken sausages and after adding the gravy, honestly, you couldn’t tell the difference. The mashed had Irish cheddar and horseradish. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Any fat/calories spared by using chicken sausage was lost by the cheese and TPSTOB in the potatoes and what was slathered on the bread. :rofl:


Carnitas tacos with guacamole.


No corned beef for me this year . Turkey soup given to me from new friends. Fishing guide and wife . Im being taken Fishing tomorrow. Trading work . Splendid. Cheers .:wine_glass:


@gcaggiano That sounds like a scary ride home. I’m glad you’re okay. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


What a close call, the luck of the Irish must have been with you tonight.
Would you share the recipe for the Guinness onion gravy? I have some leftover. I was thinking beef stew but I like the idea of bangers & mash better.


That’s terrifying. I’m so sorry that happened to you and glad that you are OK. Phew.


I used this link just for the gravy (as I did my own potatoes and the bangers were different):

Followed exactly except when it was done, I felt it needed just a pinch or two of sugar to cut the bitterness of the Guinness. Texture-wise, it was perfect.


Ditto. Have never liked cooked cabbage. Your dinner looks wonderful. I hope your heart palpitations have settled down from your drive home last night!

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Ah, good ole St. Patricia :wink:

Good lookin stew!


Thanks Greg, I only wanted the gravy as I will also do my own bangers and mash. I like the idea of Irish cheddar and horseradish.


Belated St. Patrick’s Day feast tonight - Guinness pot roast with turnips, rutabaga, carrots and celery in onion gravy served over mashed potatoes. Guinness chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting will be dessert (kiddo insisted on a slice immediately; that’s him presenting :rofl:).


Aldi’s deep dish cheese “pizza” from the freezer. Didn’t suck. Helped that we added pepperoni and red onion on top. The dough is meh, but the sauce is quite flavorful.

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Glad you didn’t get hurt!