Top Irish Recipes and Food Terms Glossary

Believe it or not, corned beef and cabbage is not a traditional Irish recipe. Here are some of the food terms and famous dishes of Ireland.

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    Irish Champ Recipe - Poundies Recipe. © 2013 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Mashed potatoes with green onion, with a well of butter in the center. The mashed potatoes are eaten from around the outer edge of the well and dipped into the butter. To champ means to bruise, pound or smash, hence the term poundies.

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    Beef & Guinness Stew Recipe. Rita Maas/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    A simple stew made of lamb or mutton, potatoes and onions, often with a measure of stout thrown in for added depth and flavor. Often, only lamb or mutton neck bones, shanks, and other trimmings were the only basis for the stock. Yet, these would-be discards still held enough flavor after a long simmering process to do justice to a hearty bowl of stew.

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    Sausages. © 2015 Creativ Studio Heinemann/Getty Images, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Sausages are called bangers in England and Ireland. They are traditionally made with pork, although beef bangers are now common. A banger is defined as an extraordinary lie in the Oxford English Dictionary. The term is most likely a reference to the questionable contents of sausages. Another popular interpretation holds that the term comes from the casings popping or making a bang when they are cooked. Find out how to make homemade bangers.

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    Boxty - Irish Potato Cakes Recipe. © 2015 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    These are simple potato pancakes. Traditionally, they are a mixture of grated raw potatoes, leftover mashed potatoes, baking powder, and sweet or whole milk. Today, they are often flavored with onions and/or garlic.

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    Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage) Recipe. © 2014 Diana Miller/Getty Images, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This Irish favorite combines two staple foods: potatoes and cabbage. It is a filling starchy dish. Just imagine mashed potatoes with shredded cabbage and onions, and you have the idea.

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    Dublin Coddle Recipe. © 2015 Clive Streeter/Getty Images, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This is a simple stew made from pork, sausage, potatoes, and onions. The term comes from the slow coddling or simmering of the dish. Hearty and filling.

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    Crubeens (Braised Pig's Feet) Recipe. © 2015 Ben Fink/Getty Images, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Pig's feet (trotters) cooked with carrots, onions, and spices or dipped in seasoned breadcrumbs and fried. This traditional Irish food is often eaten after a night at the pub, perhaps as a hangover cure.

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    Irish Potato Onion Soup. Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images User Rating Hearty and filling, this potato soup gets flavor from onions and herbs. Bacon and chives are used as garnishes. Alternative suggested garnishes include chopped prawns or diced lobster.

    The standard white potato originated in South America. It was called Irish potato by earlier American generations to distinguish it from sweet potatoes. Potatoes were a staple of the Irish diet.

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    Irish Boiled Dinner Recipe. © 2015 Judd Pilossof/Getty Images, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A stew of beef and boiled vegetables in a broth often with the addition of stout beer to strengthen the flavor. The beef, a less tender cut of brisket, is cooked on the stove-top for hours until tender before the vegetables are added. It is truly a meal in one pot.

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    Whiskey Soda Bread Recipe. © 2015 Brian Yarvin/Getty Images, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This Irish classic is a quick bread which uses soda as a leavener. They can be either standard bread or sweet bread.