By Allison Beck, Editor at The Daily Meal
This St. Patrick’s Day, instead of shepherd’s pie and pint upon pint of Guinness, opt for a more elegant meal featuring modern Irish dishes that use fresh, seasonal produce.
We asked Wade Murphy, executive head chef at The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare -- one of the best and most famous golf resorts in Ireland -- what he was cooking this St. Patrick’s Day. First of all, he told us, St. Pat's is celebrated more in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world than in Ireland itself. Why? Because it's a way to honor people's Irish heritage "when they're not at home in Ireland."
So, what does an Irish chef who is at home in Ireland prepare to celebrate the holiday?
And though you won’t exactly find any so-called “traditional” Irish dishes coming out of Murphy’s kitchen, he does offer one Irish-American creation classic that will never go out of style: a perfectly poured Irish coffee.
A Modern Irish Dinner Menu:
Slow-Roasted Belly of Pork with Magners Cider and Caramelized Quince
Guinness-Braised Beef Short Ribs with Drunken Prunes, Cipollini Onions, and Root Vegetables
Country-Style Rhubarb Tart
The Perfect Irish Coffee