CELEBRATE St Patrick’s Day tomorrow by making your meals an all-Irish affair.
From soda bread to Baileys, Irish beef to Barmbrack cake, the Emerald Isle has a long history of delicious dishes.
And best of all, you can pick up brilliant bargains on the very best food and drink from Ireland, with supermarkets getting into the party spirit and slashing their prices.
Try your hand at these Irish recipes – or pick up some of this week’s special offers.
4 Rankin Selection Outdoor Bred Pork Sausages
2 rashers streaky bacon
4 rashers back bacon
1 ripe tomato, halved
1 Rankin Selection soda farl
2 Rankin Selection potato slims
4 free range eggs
1 tsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Fry the sausages in half the oil.
Brown then reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes.
Fry the streaky bacon separately with the remaining oil.
When almost cooked, add the back bacon and the tomato halves, seasoned with salt and pepper.
Cook until the streaky rashers are crispy, the back bacon cooked but not dried out, and the tomatoes are beginning to soften.
Transfer them all to a warm oven, leaving the fat in the pan.
Cut the soda farl in half lengthwise, then each side in half again, ending up with four pieces.
Cut the potato breads in two.
Dip the pieces into the reserved fat in the pan, let them soak up a little and then drain away any excess.
Then dry fry the pieces of bread gently until they are starting to crisp up.
Remove them from the pan and place in the oven. To fry the eggs in a non-stick pan, allow the teaspoon of butter to melt until it is sizzling.
Crack the eggs carefully into the pan, add the water and a little salt and cover the pan.
Cook slowly for 2 minutes or done to your taste.
Serve on to warm plates, dividing up the bacon, bread, tomato and eggs.
From the Rankin Selection, rankinselection.com.
Beef & Guinness Stew
600g shin of beef, or braising steak
2 tbsp sunflower oil
½ swede, peeled and diced
2 onions, peeled and roughly chopped
2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 stick celery, washed and roughly chopped
1 tbsp plain flour
400g chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 beef stock cube
10 chestnut mushrooms, halved
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a casserole pan on a medium heat, add the beef and brown on all sides.
Tip the beef on to a plate.
Add 1 tbsp of oil to the casserole pan and the swede, onions, carrots and celery, then fry on a medium heat for five minutes.
Add the beef back to the pan with 1 tbsp of flour and cook for one minute.
Add in the Guinness and tomatoes, then add the stock cube.
Give it a good stir, season with a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper then add the bay leaves.
Bring to the boil, put on the lid and place in the oven for 2½ hours, or until the meat falls apart easily.
Remove the lid and add the mushrooms for the final 30 minutes of cooking.
Remove the bay leaves before serving, then taste and adjust the seasoning if required.
Recipe from morrisons.com
Baileys Tiramisu with Raspberries and chocolate shavings
(Serves six to eight)
1 tsp vanilla paste
50g caster sugar
300ml double cream
200ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
60ml fresh-made espresso
1 x pack sponge lady fingers
300g fresh raspberries, halved
100g dark chocolate bar
Line a 10cm x 22cm bread tin with baking paper on all sides.
In a medium bowl beat together the mascarpone, vanilla paste and caster sugar, with an electric hand mixer until smooth.
In another bowl, lightly whip 200ml of the double cream.
Fold into the mascarpone mixture until just combined.
In a shallow, small bowl, mix the Baileys with the espresso.
Dunk the lady fingers into this and place one third of them in the bottom of the lined tin.
Place half the berries on top and half the mascarpone cream mixture over.
Repeat with another third of the dunked lady fingers, the remaining raspberries and mascarpone cream.
Place one last layer of lady fingers over the top, then put some baking paper over and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for at least eight hours or overnight.
Before serving, remove the covering and top paper.
Place a rectangular platter over the top and invert.
Remove the tin and the base paper.
Whisk the remaining 100ml of double cream until soft and dollop over the tiramisu.
Use a sharp knife on the chocolate bar to sprinkle chocolate shavings on the top.
Recipe from baileys.com.
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ENJOY the luck of the Irish with this week’s great deals on food from the Emerald Isle.
Save 28p on Rankin Selection Irish brown soda bread at Morrisons, now £1 until March 26.
Enjoy six packs of Tayto assorted crisps for £1, down from £1.57, at Morrisons until Tuesday.
Get a third off two Pure Irish organic rump steaks at ocado.com, down from £10 to £6.66 until Tuesday.
O’Kane’s squeezy honey is down from £2 to £1.50 at Morrisons until Tuesday.
Get £1.50 off Carr’s biscuit selection for cheese, £3.50 at ocado.com until Tuesday.
Rankin Irish potato farls, down from £1.37 to £1 for four at Morrisons until March 26.
Loughnane’s Guinness sausages with leeks are £1.99 for a pack of six at Aldi.
Waitrose has deals across the Rankin bakery range until Tuesday including 45p off Rankin Selection Irish Barmbrack, now £1.35.
Get 80 Barry’s breakfast tea bags for £2 at Morrisons, down from £2.71 until Tuesday.
Save £1.50 on a large Irish (or British) beef roasting joint at Sainsbury’s, now just £6.50.
ENJOY an Irish tipple with this weekend’s warming deals.
Buy two packs of Guinness Draught Cans, 10 x 440ml, for £12, or £9 per pack, while stocks last, at Morrisons.
Offer ends on Sunday.
Jameson Irish Whiskey, was £22, now £15, at Morrisons until Sunday.
Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, 1 litre, is on offer at Tesco at £12 a bottle until March 26, saving £8.
Get a 568ml bottle of Magners Irish Cider Classic Pear for £2 at Iceland.
Ocado.com has slashed the price of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey from £20 to £17.
Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Cream Liqueur is £6.99.
Get 12 bottles of Hophouse 13, 330ml, for £10 at Morrisons until Tuesday.
Save £3 on Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, now £16 at Waitrose.
Save on Magners, 20 x 440ml, down from £12 to £10 at Morrisons.
If you’re signed up to Quidco, you can get £1.80 cashback on Guinness Original 500ml from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose when buying in store before midnight tomorrow.