by Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen
When I think about the food traditions that pop up around St. Patrick's day, two elements come to mind: green and hearty. Green - the color of Irish nationalism and the heartiness heavily influenced by the ingredients that were historically raised there: cabbage, sheep, and in the 16th century — the potato. Every March I try to cook something as an homage to my Gaelic heritage (McNamara on my mother's side), and these are some of my favorite recipes for it. Some are inspired by the Irish canon de cuisine, some are obviously influenced by my Southern California home, but they're all fun, simple and delicious recipes to whip up anytime — but especially on March 17th. Enjoy!
BACON + BRIE POTATO TART
Leave it to the French to make a giant cheese and bacon hash brown sophisticated, but that's exactly what's going on with this tres chic tart. The grated potato crisps up beautifully, the brie adds a bit of richness, the bacon adds...bacon, and the mesclun green salad cuts through the whole thing beautifully. Though this is delicious hot, it doesn't have to be served straight out of the oven. Serve it as is for a lovely lunch, or add poached eggs on top for a decadent brunch centerpiece.
INGREDIENTS (POTATO GALETTE)
For a refreshing drink with a little bit more going on, I threw some greens into my lemonade and switched out sugar for low glycemic (and brown sugar tasting) agave nectar. The result is a bright, zesty drink that is perfect on a hot day.
For 1 1/2 quarts Lemonade:
FRIED EGGS WITH SALSA VERDE AND FRIED SMASHED POTATOES
CORNED BEEF HASH
I'm new to the whole Bloody Mary thing, as I'm not really into tomato juice, but I love the idea of a savory cocktail. The key is balance and liberal heat. So in celebration of St. Patty's, I thought a green take on the hungover brunch classic was in order. In this version I lose the tomatoes and include an infused vodka. If you want it SUPER green, feel free to add a shot or two of your favorite kale juice.
For one 4 ounce drink: