Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Irish Stew and Split Pea Soup

I have some great food blog sites I frequent, and 2 of them have dishes that would be great to serve for St. Patrick's Day.

The first is Eat Food Not Money Cookbook where Kathy serves up delicious economical dishes regularly. She sent me this fabulous recipe for Irish Stew and she also breaks down the cost for you.

What you’ll need:

6 - 8 small lamb chops
1 Tbl oil
3 - 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 c finely shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large white leek, thinly sliced
12 small white onions
1 ½ c celery, diced
1 ½ c peas
Salt & pepper
Parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns, thyme and rosemary tied up in a cheesecloth

Lay the chops in a single layer in a large stockpot; season with salt and pepper. Brown both sides over medium-high heat. Drain off fat and cover chops with water. You want just enough water to cover them. Put seasoning pack (the herbs you put in cheesecloth) into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except for peas and simmer for another 20 minutes. Stir in peas and continue simmering until potatoes are tender (about 10 more minutes). Remove herb pack before serving. Feeds 6.

lamb chops - $3.50/lb
potatoes - $2.00/5 lb bag
cabbage - $2.00
onion - $1.12
leeks - $2.25
small onions - $1.50/bunch
celery - $0.99
frozen peas - $1.68
Total - $13.84

The next is not an Irish recipe, but would work well on March 17 because of it's beautiful green hue.

It's Helen's Green Split Pea Soup with Ham.

Check out Helen's Favorite Recipes for more good stuff.

You could also serve my easy Potato Broccoli soup (just go back a post or two) for a special green inspired soup.

Feel free to leave a delicious soup recipe (or link to one) fit for a bunch of Irish lads and lassies!

1 comment:

  1. yum and I checked out Helen's..yum :D I'm hungry now.. :)