There’s one snack you’re sure to find in pubs all over the British Isles: small bags of salt-and-vinegar crisps (potato chips).
Irish Sides & Salads
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.