5 Recipes for a Montana St. Paddy's
If you want to try something new for your St. Paddy's day celebrations, then you're in the right place! From toasty pasties to traditional Colcannon to heart - and stomach - warming drinks, our holiday menu is a delightfully diverse and delicious idea to celebrate St. Patrick's day, the Montana way!
St. Patrick's Day Foods
For a hearty St. Paddy's day dinner - other than the corned beef, boiled cabbage and potatoes, look no further than these three special and traditional recipes. Delightful on their own, and a complete meal all together, these foods have been Irish favorites for generations. That they're the perfect solution to a chilly Montana day is just another bit o' luck.
Butte Montana Meat Hand-Pasties
Butte Pasty's image via pastrycraftseattleA
A cozy recipe for a Montana made meal, straight from Butte - the core of Irish America.
- Makes 2 pasties
For the dough:
- 2 cups flour
- 6 tbsp or 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cold water
For the filling:
- 1 cup diced potatoes
- 1 cup diced or ground local round steak or beef
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup diced onions
- 1 tbsp cold butter, cut into small cubes
Preheat oven to 425 Fahrenheit (220 Celsius/ Gas mark 7).
Prepare dough in food processor until it’s a smooth and mold-able consistency. Mix the filling ingredient together in a separate bowl.
Roll the dough into 2 flat circles, each about 8 inches in diameter. Add half the filling to each and fold the dough over. Seal the edges with cold water, and crimp with a fork. Cut two slits in the top of each pasty, and place on a lightly greased or papered baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Add a tablespoon of water to each pasty through the slits, and bake for 15 more minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
Make these pasties more individual with carrots, turnips, peas, or whatever other veggies you prefer if onions aren’t your favorite.
Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread image via communitytable
Irish soda bread is delicious, rustic, filling, and an absolute cakewalk to make! With only five ingredients and no rising time required, this is the bread for the less than dedicated baker.
- Makes 1 medium sized loaf
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour – a little extra for dusting
- 1 tsp superfine or granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ½ - 2 cups buttermilk or soured milk
- (you can just search soured milk for an easy explanation)
Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar together into a large bowl, making sure they’re mixed well. Make a divot in the center of the mixture, and pour in most of the milk – leave about ¼ cup separate. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together by hand, adding additional milk or flour as needed. Try not to knead the mixture, or the bread will be heavy and dense. You’re trying to get a soft dough of a workable consistency – not sticky, and not crumbly.
Turn the dough onto a floured baking sheet, and pat it into a round shape about 1 ½ inches thick. Cut a deep X across the top, and bake for about 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to 400 Fahrenheit (200 Celsius / Gas mark 6) and bake for 30 more minutes. The finished loaf should make a slightly hollow sound when tapped, and the bottom should have a golden brown color. Cool on a wire rack but serve warm!
Colcannon image via foodnetwork
Made from creamy mashed potatoes, cooked cabbage, and green onions, Colcannon is a delightful way to include the whole ‘potatoes and cabbage’ feel, but with some added flavor.
- Makes 2 servings
- 3 – 4 medium potatoes
- 1 ½ cups chopped cabbage
- Salt and pepper to taste
- About ¼ to 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 green onions
Peel and cut the potatoes into medium sized pieces, and place in a large pot. Add water until the potatoes are covered, then bring to a boil over medium heat until tender and soft. Drain well.
Slice the cabbage into slivers while the potatoes cook, and chop the onions into small pieces – include some of the green part for some added flourish.
Mash the potatoes by hand or with an electric mixer, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add enough of the milk to get a creamy consistency.
To cook the cabbage, bring a pan of water to boil. Add a little salt, and cook the cabbage until it is just tender – about 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook! Drain the cabbage well, than mix your potatoes, cabbage, and onion. Add the green parts of the onion on top as a garnish.
Now that you've got some delightful Irish foods for your St. Patrick's day feast, it's time to serve them! Check out a couple of our western dishware products for some ideas on how to present your lovingly-made meal!
Antler Metal Platter - This design features a deer antler motif, but there's also Mallard and trout designs available for this stylish metal dish. Your hand-made pasties would look even more delightful sitting on this serving plate.
Little Things Serving Board - This serving board is just darling, encouraging you to slow down and enjoy the little things in life, like a freshly baked loaf of rustic bread - perhaps.
Moon Over Montana Serving Bowl - An authentic piece of Montana-made pottery, this bowl can hold enough for a whole family, and offers a sort of western elegance when it's not full of delicious Irish Colcannan.
St. Patrick's Day Drinks
Now that's you've gotten the meal out of the way, it's time to add something hearty to warm your stomach. St. Patrick's day is often still in the winter for Montanans, so going with something toasty and filling is a brilliant idea. Here are two of our favorite truly Irish hot drink options.
Hot Toddy image via southernparm.com
A cozy traditional for a Montana celebration, the Hot Toddy is an Irishman's special! Often used as a cold and flu cure even today, this drink is the perfect thing to clear your mind - and your nostrils - on a mountain morning.
- Makes 2 serving
- 6 lemon slices
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 2 cinnamon stick
- 18 whole cloves
- 1/2 cup whiskey or bourbon – bourbon offers a smoother drink
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
Stab the cloves into the lemon slices. Add half the lemon, brown sugar, and honey each glass or mug first!
Add the whisky or bourbon next, and end with the boiling water. Let the drink stand for about 5 minutes so the flavors mingle, and the drink cool! Finish off your drink with a flourish, and add the cinnamon stick whole.
Feel free to vary the amount of spices - the lemon especially - to make the drink more to your taste.
Scaitlin - Whisky Milk Punch
Scaitlin image via ethnicspoon.com
If the spiced-kick of a Hot Toddy isn't quite to your taste, we have a smoother, fuller drink that is sure to please! Similar to a Hot Toddy, but creamier and a bit sweeter, this old Irish recipe is a mellow way to end your day.
- Makes 2 servings
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups milk – whole milk works best for a thicker drink
- ½ cup whiskey – try Jameson for an Irish charm!
Mix the milk and whiskey in a small saucepan. Stir in the honey, ginger, and cinnamon, and heat the mixture slowly on a low heat. Whisk constantly so your milk won't burn – don’t let it come to a boil!
When hot, pour into mugs, and top with grated nutmeg.
For some variations, try adding whipped cream, a touch of Baileys, or a bit of vanilla for an even smoother taste – if you use vanilla, add it close to the end of the cooking process so it won’t steam off!
For a rugged Montana vehicle for your drink, check out some of our nifty novelty mugs!
Here's some of our favorite choices:
Maskwa Ridge Mug - This mug adds a rustic pottery feel for a cozier edge to your St. Paddy's celebration. Fill it with whatever your preference is and feel cabin-comfy while you drink.
Montana Campfire Mug - A classic campfire mug with a wilderness feel for the hiker, backpacker, and outdoor enthusiast - or those with bonfire plans for a Montana St. Paddy's.
Vintage Creel Mug - If you're looking for a fun and novelty piece of drink-wear (or a belated St.Paddy's gift for your favorite angler) this is the mug for you!
However you decide to go about it we're sure you'll enjoy your Montana holiday getaway. Please remember to drink responsibly, and a happy St. Paddy's to you all!
-Emma Katherine Roberts