Peppermint Patty Cocktail

Peppermint Patty Cocktail

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like a nice drink.  This cocktail is amazing!  Smooth, delicious and full of irish charm.  Chocolate and Peppermint make this cocktail a great refined cocktail.

Peppermint Patty Cocktail

Rim your favorite stemmed glass with cocoa powder or colored sugar.  To do this, lightly wet the edge of the glass then dip into your favorite rimming sugar or powder.

Peppermint Patty Cocktail

In a shaker full of ice add the creme de cocoa, peppermint schnapps and cream.

Shake and then strain into the glass.

Peppermint Patty

Optionally serve with a piece of chocolate.

Peppermint Patty Cocktail
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: Irish
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Serves: 1
 
The perfect cocktail for St. Patrick's Day!
Ingredients
  • ¾ oz Creme de Cocoa
  • ¾ oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • ¼ oz cream (heavy or coffee)
Instructions
  1. Rim your favorite stemmed glass with cocoa powder or colored sugar. To do this, lightly wet the edge of the glass then dip into your favorite rimming sugar or powder.
  2. In a shaker full of ice add the creme de cocoa, peppermint schnapps and cream.
  3. Shake and then strain into the glass.
  4. Optionally serve with a piece of chocolate.

 

Shamrock Shake – From the Archives

Shamrock Shake – From the Archives

Shamrock ShakeCome February every year, I am always on the look out for the golden arches to release the Shamrock Shake.  I love that minty, delicious and creepy green milkshake.  I dream about throughout the year.  So I decided to go and try to make it myself.  It was simple and now I can drink them all year long.

Homemade Shamrock Shake

Fill a blender with 2 cups of vanilla ice cream.  Make sure not to use the natural vanilla as the black vanilla bean bits will stand out in the shake.  It is a tad creepy looking.

Fill the blender with the ingredients

Add 1 1/4 cups milk.

Then add 1/4 tsp mint extract and 10 drops of green food color.

Homemade Shamrock Shake

Blend until smooth.  Top with whipped cream and you have a delicious Shamrock Shake Clone.

Homemade Shamrock Shake
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 1
 
A copycat version of the Golden Arches Shamrock Shake.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp mint extract
  • 10 drops green food coloring
  • whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a blender with 2 cups of vanilla ice cream.
  2. Add 1¼ cups milk.
  3. Then add ¼ tsp mint extract and 10 drops of green food color.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Top with whipped cream and you have a delicious Shamrock Shake Clone.

 

Maybe better than the original.

Adapted from Kree

Shepard’s Pie

Shepard’s Pie

With the Polar Vortex bearing down on us last week, I was craving some comfort food.  Nothing says comfort like, Shepard’s Pie.  A hearty meat stew topped with potatoes.  Delicious! This recipe was so delicious that I found myself going for thirds.  Yep, take that seconds.  Hopefully you will enjoy as much as we did.

Shepard’s Pie

Boil 2 pounds of peeled potatoes until tender.

Potatoes

Drain and mix with milk, butter, salt and pepper. Mash until creamy. Set aside.

Mash

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Saute carrots in the olive oil in a large skillet until they start to get tender, Roughly 5 minutes.

Saute the carrots

Add in the onions and saute for two minutes.

Add the onions

Fold in the meat, black pepper and thyme. Chop it up until browned.

Fold in the meat

Fold in the butter and frozen peas. Then sprinkle the flour over the top. Stir to combine.

Add the thickener

Once the flour is incorporated, add the tomato paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce.

Paste it up

Simmer for 5 minutes to reduce and then add the chicken stock.

Time to simmer

Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the sauce thickens. As you can see from the pics, you can pull the spatula through the sauce and it leaves a clean trail.  Well a clean trail for at least a couple of seconds.

Nice and thick

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then remove the stew from the heat.

Pour into an oven safe dish

Grease 9×13 Pyrex dish with vegetable spray and then add the stew.

Top with the spuds

Layer the reserved mashed potatoes over top of the stew with a spoon.  Do the best that you can.  I found that if I did two layers of potatoes that I ended up with a clean layer on top.  Just spoon half of the potatoes over the stew.  Smooth them out, then spoon a second layer over the top.  Once the potatoes are on the stew, use a fork to etch a little texture into the potatoes.  This will give the potatoes a little area to brown up and give you a nice crispy texture.

egg wash

Brush the potatoes with the egg wash and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Place a sheet pan underneath the dish to catch any tasty bits that boil over. This can save you some scrubbing if the dish boils over a bit.

Shepard's Pie

Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is nice and browned on top.

Let sit for 5 minutes and then serve.

Shepard's Pie
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Recipe type: Comfort Food
Cuisine: Irish
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Serves: 6
 
A quick and easy Shepard's Pie.
Ingredients
The Stew
  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • 1 tsp thyme, dried
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 8 oz red wine
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
Mashed Potatoes
  • 2 lbs Russet potatoes
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Egg Wash
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Boil 2lbs of potatoes until tender.
  2. Drain and mix with milk, butter, salt and pepper. Mash until creamy. Set aside.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  4. Saute carrots in the olive oil in a large skillet until they start to get tender, Roughly 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the onions and saute for two minutes.
  6. Fold in the meat, black pepper and thyme. Chop it up until browned.
  7. Fold in the butter and frozen peas. Then sprinkle the flour over the top. Stir to combine.
  8. Once the flour is incorporated, add the tomato paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Simmer for 5 minutes to reduce and then add the chicken stock.
  10. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer this until the sauce thickens. As you can see from the pics, you can pull the spatula through the sauce and it leaves a clean trail.
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then remove the stew from the heat.
  12. Grease 9x13 Pyrex dish with vegetable spray and then add the stew.
  13. Layer the reserved mashed potatoes over top of the stew with a spoon.
  14. Once the potatoes are on the stew, use a fork to etch a little texture into the potatoes. This will give the potatoes a little area to brown up and give you a nice crispy texture.
  15. Brush the potatoes with the egg wash and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  16. Place a sheet pan underneath the dish to catch any tasty bits that boil over. This can save you some scrubbing if the dish boils over a bit.
  17. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is nice and browned on top.
  18. Let sit for 5 minutes and then serve.

Recipe adapted from http://www.food.com/recipe/traditional-irish-shepherds-pie-302120

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Shot of Jamo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Shot of Jamo

There is nothing more fitting on this Holiday of Holiday’s than a shot of Jameson.  So lets have a little history lesson.  St. Patrick is commonly known as the patron saint of Ireland.  Starting out as a Christian holiday this day of feast has become a more secular holiday celebrating Ireland as a whole.  Shamrocks are a part of the celebration as it is rumored that St. Patrick used the three-leaved plant to describe the holy trinity.  Now they are worn because valley girls and muscle men think they are cool looking.  Can’t blame them, nothing says cool like a leaf.  The color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue, however it has morphed to green.  It is not known how the color morphed, I think someone was color blind and screwed it up.  Any thoughts?  Any way, this day has grown into the Ultimate Day of Irish pride.  Parties, Parades and all things Green/or Blue depending on what you see.  So to Ireland, St. Patrick and all of you, I offer a shot.  Cheers!

Shot of Jamo

Cheers once again.  Jamo is like Lays Potato Chips, I bet you can’t have just one….

-Rex

St. Patrick’s Day Irishfetti Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day Irishfetti Cupcakes

With the greatest holiday in the world approaching, Dana and I decided to make homemade Irishfetti cupcakes.  These are similar to those oh-so-fun-fetti cupcakes that you buy in the store, but they are homemade and loaded with shamrock sprinkles.  Yep, a nice white cake full of white and green shamrock sprinkles.  Granted this recipe works with any sprinkles, but this recipe works the best for St. Patrick’s Day.

Irishfetti Cupcakes

As you can see the green shamrock sprinkles add a colorful addition to the already delicious cupcakes.

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Irish Car Bomb

Irish Car Bomb

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching.  I used to work in an Irish Pub in Milwaukee and at about this time every year, we started to sell thousands of Irish Car Bombs.  It is a mixture of Irish Stout beer, Irish whiskey and Irish cream.  Together it makes a great creamy drop shot.  Yep, this one involves a two part process.  You have to drop the shot in the beer and then chug.  They can be messy, but they are a lot of fun.  Plus, they get you really drunk.  Who doesn’t love that.

The Irish Car Bomb

This shot is the ultimate marriage between beer and liquor.

Irish Car Bomb

  • 8 oz Guinness Irish Stout
  • 1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Pour 8oz (1/2 can) of Guinness Irish Stout into a pint glass. Fill a shot glass 3/4 full of Jameson Irish Whiskey, then top with Bailey’s Irish Cream.

Drop the shot into the beer and chug.

Drop the shot into the pint glass Ready to Chug

Make sure to chug or else the mixture starts to coagulate.  Not a good thing.  However, when made correctly this shot is creamy and delicious.

Time to Party

Above is the last thing you see before you let loose and party.

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

It is getting cold here in DC and there is only one drink that can make Swedish/Polish/Irish lad feel good. Irish coffee. This term is used many ways and the drink is never made the same. I have been testing a few recipes and I think I have found the perfect one.  BTW if there are miss-spelled words I am sorry, it was a long journey to find the perfect recipe and man am I drunk.  In the end I found the perfect combination of ingredients to make the ultimate Irish Coffee.

Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee

Top with whipped cream to make the perfect drink.

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Grilled Potato Coins

Grilled Potato Coins

I am always looking for new ways to cook side dishes on the grill.  The other day I went to an Irish Pub in Alexandria that served potato coins as a side to their dishes.  These coins were deep fried but they gave me inspiration to try to make coins on the grill.  The potatoes were thin enough to cook on the grill, so I decided to give it a try.  Potato coins are my new favorite side.

Grilled Potato Coins
Grilled Potato Coins

Grilled hot for the perfect grill lines and then moved up to the upper rack of the grill to finish cooking them.

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Reuben Pizza

Reuben Pizza

I love reubens and I love pizza, so it is only natural that I make a reuben pizza. This pizza took a couple of times to make before it made the website. Just so you know, thousand island dressing is a bad idea for a sauce. Trust me, I tried it. You also have to completely drain the sour kraut. If not, your pizza is going to be really soggy. For being a pizza, there are a lot of elements that need to be right to make the perfect pie. Luckily for you, I don’t give up easily. As for tonight, I have created the perfect reuben pie.

The perfect reuben pie
The perfect reuben pie

The key to the perfect reuben pie is the sauce. What kind of sauce did I use? Well you are going to have to keep on reading.

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