Well, that weekend went fast. Or maybe that's because I spent most of it cooking and doing dishes. But hey! Totally worth it to have my second annual St. Patty's Dinner Party under my belt.
One of my menu favs has to be Irish Soda Bread, because it's not just a St. Pat's recipe. It's a four ingredient bread...beyond easy to make...and pairs so well with soup or any meal that needs a little beefing up. Also, delicious with jam. Here's my recipe, from Irish Pub Cooking:
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and grease a baking sheet.
- Mix flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk in a bowl. Use your hands if it gets difficult to stir! The dough should be soft and sticky enough to form a ball for kneading. (Add extra flour or buttermilk if needed!)
- Lightly flour the counter, and turn the dough over a few times.
- Then shape it into an 8" round, and place on your baking sheet. Cut a cross in the top of the loaf with a knife.
- Slide your baking sheet into the oven and set your timer for 30 minutes. Mine usually take upwards of 40 minutes, but I always start checking at 30. When the top is golden brown, you know it's ready!
I pulled out my collected china for the occasion, and dusted off the gold flatware. It was a pretty fem St. Patty's party...but that's okay. It doesn't have to be all kelly green, does it? A few minutes before the guests arrived, I decided it might be wise to assign places. So, I reached for my trusty paper doilies and labeled spots.
I'm a bit of a socially anxious girl, so throwing parties can be nerve-wracking. For me, the most rewarding part is stepping into the kitchen to wrangle dishes, or prep something...and listening to the din of your guests laughing, enjoying each other's company. Worth every hour spent peeling potatoes and apples. :)
My entire house still smells like corned beef...and there's enough Guinness left in my fridge for another year. But that's not a terrible problem to have! All told, a very lovely evening with friends and family.