St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Most people celebrate with pints of ale & corned beef & cabbage. I love corned beef & cabbage, but I knew there had to be more Irish food to explore. I wanted to make something different this year so I called my friend who is from Dublin. She gave me some suggestions, but when I heard steak & Guinness pie, my antennas went up….I had a new recipe to try.
In Diva’s version, there are some ingredients that aren’t traditional to the dish, but I think they gave the stew a lot of flavor & texture. As I was figuring out what to put into the pie, a light bulb went off in my head. I had the idea to put Irish soda bread as the top crust. (I think this idea is a brilliant one if I may say so myself!)
Guinness has somewhat of a bitter taste, so the raisins in the soda bread balanced it out. Also, the caraway seeds that were in the bread gave the dish a beautiful earthy flavor that took it to the next level. The bread itself soaked up the yummy juices & gave it added texture. I am BEYOND happy with the way this recipe turned out. It was hearty, flavorful & touch of Ireland.
Erin go Bragh!
D I V A
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March 16th, 2012 § 2 comments