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Irish Sides & Salads

Round out your meal with just the right side dish or salad.
Soda Bread Scones

Soda Bread Scones

Irish soda bread is just barely sweet and biscuit-like—perfect with a savory meal.  It’s usually baked in a large round, but here we’ve cut it into scone-like wedges that take only 20 minutes to bake. 

Mashed Potatoes with Chives

Mashed Potatoes with Chives

It really isn’t an Irish dinner unless there are potatoes. These can be served as a side dish, or combined with a stew to make a cottage pie: Simply place the stew in a pie dish, spread the potatoes on top, and place under the broiler until the potatoes are browned.

Flaky Cheddar Scones

Flaky Cheddar Scones

These savory scones get their tenderness and tang from plain yogurt rather than buttermilk—a plus for cooks who don’t often have buttermilk on hand.

Colcannon

Colcannon

This ultra-Irish dish varies from one county to the next, with some cooks using cabbage in place of kale, others using leeks or onions for extra flavor. Here, it gets a modern-day makeover with purple potatoes, garlic and shiitake mushrooms to reflect all the delicious new options found in Irish markets today. If you can’t find purple potatoes, Yukon gold, fingerling or russet varieties also work well.

Individual Carrot Soufflés

Individual Carrot Soufflés

If potatoes are one of every Irish restaurant’s “2 veg” side dish options, carrots are the other. This recipe turns mashed carrots into something special because of the shallow baking dishes that give each serving a crispy crust.

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Melted Leek Champ

Champ is a traditional Irish dish usually consisting of mashed potatoes and spring onions. Here, milk-braised leeks replace the spring onions.