The Best Traditional Farmhouse Dishes to Try While in Ireland


When it comes to dishes, every nation has always something to offer. That makes plenty of sense why every traveller’s goal is to experience everything — from culture to local spots and (of course) food! Ireland is no doubt on top of everyone’s bucket list as it parades for its gorgeous tourist spots and the friendliness of its people. If you are planning to take an Irish tour and thinking of what gourmets to expect on the table, you are definitely at the right place! In this article, you will discover the best traditional farmhouse dishes that you can try once you’ve landed to the beautiful ground of Emerald Isle.

In the beginning, Irish food was made to provide the highest amount of calories that will satisfy a hard day’s work. Thence, a lot of traditional Irish foods are mostly based on three items including meat, vegetables, and potatoes. Dairy products (especially butter, cheese, and oats) have also become a staple food/produce in the country. And because Irish food was known for the freshness of its ingredients, most restaurants pledge to serve pure items with fewer herbs and spices except salt and pepper to taste.

But just like in any other developing countries, Irish food culture has also come a long way in the past several years. Some dishes have changed and upgraded over time, partly because of modern inventions in culinary and partly because of the influences of foreign nations.

Let’s take a short glimpse of Ireland’s top farmhouse dishes.

Irish Beef Stew

Stew has been recognised as the national dish of Ireland for a couple of centuries. It was even mentioned in a poem in the 1800s praising the stew for its capability of satisfying the hunger of every Irish people. The classic stew is added with green peas and herbs to keep its freshness.

Another famous dish in the country is the super convenient food and a perfect must-have for St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef and cabbage is often served in slices on a platter, surrounded by vegetables and potatoes.

Cheddar And Bacon Irish Soda Bread

It’s been traditional for Irish people to include soda bread on their breakfast tables. The no-yeast soda bread sometimes comes with marmalade or a colourful cheesy and bacony twist.

Irish Fish Cake

A fun fact about this Irish fish cake is how it’s made extra light and fluffier with mashed potatoes as the secret ingredient. The fish cake is usually drizzled with or dipped in a 30-second tartar sauce for a tastier experience.

The Boxty (Irish Potato Cake)

The Irish Potato Cake, popularly known as Boxty, is classic as it gets. It is made easier with a cast-iron skillet. This is something you can’t miss in Irish pubs, especially when St. Patrick’s Day approaches.

Author Bio: Sarah Contreras is a full-time travel blogger, which means writing adventures, travel spots, and accommodation reviews is her bread and butter.  She currently writes for Woodford Dolmen Carlow, the city’s most ideal accommodation for weddings, business, and leisure.

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