Each year, the 17th March is the time to dust down your finest greenery, reach for the Guinness and celebrate St. Patrick’s day.
As the sign on the famous Guinness storehouse in Dublin says “on 17th March, everyone is Irish” and the day is celebrated by communities worldwide, including Canada, where there is one of the longest running St Patrick’s day Parades held (in Montreal).
So what is St Patrick’s day food?
- Something with quintessentially Irish ingredients
- Something hearty, warm and traditional
- And of course, something that includes mushrooms
Mushroom and Guinness pie
For the Irish ingredients we’ve gone for Guinness, beef and mushrooms (the beefiest of vegetables). For the “hearty warm and traditional” we’ve searched far and wide and discovered that Canadian Ice Hockey Team, the Toronto Maple Leafs was once called the “Toronto St. Patricks” and everyone knows how hearty Ice Hockey players can be… so we asked ourselves
“what would an ice-hockey player eat?”
the answer: mushroom and Guinness pie.
3 red onions, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
30g butter, plus extra for greasing
2 carrots, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
250g mushrooms sliced
1kg stewing beef, cut into 2cm cubes
a few sprigs of fresh Thyme, chopped
salt and pepper
1 can of Guinness
2 heaped tablespoons plain flour
1 large free-range egg, beaten
200g freshly grated cheese
500g ready-made all-butter puff pastry
Preheat the oven to 190ºC. In an ovenproof pan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over a low heat. Gently fry the onions until they begin to brown before adding garlic, butter, carrots and celery and most deliciously… the mushrooms.
Stir in the beef and thyme, seasoning well and fry fast for a few minutes, then pour in the Guinness, stir in the flour and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and place in the preheated oven for about 1½ hours.
Remove the pan from the oven (the majority of the liquid should have evaporated)and stir in half the cheese.
Grease a pie dish, roll out your pastry so that it fits over the pie dish. Poor in the filling and pop the pastry on top. Cover with the remaining cheese. Cook for a further 45 mins until the pastry is golden.
There you have it: St Patricks day food that is suitable for hockey-players.
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