Oh my goodness everyone! Where did the month of March go??? I had this entry in draft form since March 19th. I figured I could work on it a little at a time and then post just before my wedding. Well, the wedding came and went (as did all of our guests) and here it is already April 1st! My apologies, everyone. I can’t guarantee that this won’t happen again, but I will try my hardest to ensure that it doesn’t.
As it turns out, Ireland is quite tasty! I had initially chosen this book because it was filled with pictures to help me get a visual of what the food should look like as I prepared it. Well, the pictures weren’t the only thing good about this book.
The recipes I chose were easy to prepare and the results… well, I’ll let you have a look for yourself in a bit.
The first recipe I chose was Baked Stuffed Whitefish as the main dish. It consists of a fillet of your choice of white fish (flounder, cod, tilapia, etc.) wrapped around a seasoned breadcrumb stuffing. A strip of bacon is then wrapped around the outside of the fillet and secured in place with a toothpick.
The side dish, called ‘Champ’, is really just a variation on mashed potatoes. Chopped green onions are added to the mash along with salt, pepper, and milk. The steaming bowl of potatoes is then topped off with a knob of butter prior to serving.
For a little extra greenery (hey, it was St. Patrick’s Day after all), I sautéed some fresh spinach in olive oil with salt and pepper.
I realize I could have gone the regular route with the corned beef and cabbage, but I had invited a friend to have dinner with us who prefers seafood over any other variety of meat. This was a welcome challenge since I was not entirely certain that I would be able to find a non-meat or seafood-based main course. We always like to do things a little different here at the Spoon!
Unlike last month, I followed the instructions to the letter and I was able to create a delicious meal in under one hour! Have a look at how it all turned out!
While I wish I could have tried some of the dishes with more uncommon ingredients, this was a nice quick meal. It was best when served immediately. The leftovers were not as fantastic to the taste buds as I had hoped; even after a night of commingling flavors. Still, I really enjoyed these recipes and it was a worthwhile (and yummy) experience.
See you next dish!
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