Thursday 15 March 2012


This week, we celebrate St. Patrick's day which is a national holiday in Ireland. Although it falls within the Lenten season, abstinence from meat and alcohol is waved to give way to merrymaking and feasting on the feast of one of their beloved patron saint. 

The celebration has caught on worldwide simply because it's fun. The colour green and the shamrock leaf are symbols most commonly associated with St. Patrick. The saint apparently used the three leaf shamrock to teach the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.

Here's my toast to St. Patrick: a combination of popular Irish fare on a plate. The base of this dish is colcannon, which is buttery mashed potatoes with cabbage and spring onions. I have added corned beef, which is another Irish fare, and formed them into patties. They are briefly pan fried to form a brown crust. I have served them with baked beans, tomatoes and eggs. It's a very simple and easy to prepare dish that's very satisfying and will leave you more time for merrymaking.

This recipe will make 12 patties, to serve 6 people


1-340 gm. tin of corned beef
2 tbsps. butter
2 cloves of garlic
2 medium onions
3 c. of roughly shredded cabbage
1 c. of spring onion rounds
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
2 c. of boiled and mashed potatoes
3 tbsps. of plain flour
3 tbsps. of butter
3 tbsps. of oil


Heat up a pan and add the 2 tbsps. of butter. Fry the garlic on low heat for just a few seconds. 

Add the onions and increase the heat to medium. Cook until translucent and soft. 

Add the corned beef and break apart. Fry until it is soft and hot. 

Add the cabbage and cook for 2-3 minutes until wilted. The cabbage should retain its green colour and fresh taste. 

Add the spring onions. Stir then take off the heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the salt, black pepper and mashed potatoes. Mix well. 

Measure 1/2 c. of the mixture and form into a thick patty. Lightly dust with flour and fry on medium heat in a mixture of oil and butter, until golden brown. The patty is fried just until it has a brown crust, which will only take a few minutes. This is a soft patty with no binders so don't cook for too long. Serve.

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  1. what wonderful patties! They must be delicious!

  2. Those patties look good! They remind me a little of corned beef hash.

  3. That is a really fabulous-looking meal! Love the idea of combining those two flavors in a patty.

  4. What gorgeous looking patties... they sound really delicious! And the pictures and plating is just beautiful!

  5. What a beautiful and delicious dish. What a perfect meal to celebrate St. Pattys!

  6. Another great dish Adora! I haven't had corned beef for over a decade! I just remember about it from another blog which also used corned beef. Your plate is perfect, Adora! Very simple food yet perfectly presented!!!

  7. I would so love to be in England or Ireland this time of year, just once to see what the celebrations are like!!


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