Sometimes my mother would make a more traditional boiled dinner with salted and smoked ham, but to be honest, it was never quite as good as that corned beef. Nonetheless, to this day, I find myself avoiding corned beef on St. Patrick's Day - almost in deference to my traditional Irish roots. Tonight I decided to try out some classic Irish pub food - fish & chips! (I know it's thought of as English food - but the Irish eat it too!)
I used Alton Brown's recipe from the Food Network Web site. I used Smithwick's Irish Ale for the beer and haddock for the fish. It was my first time frying fish and it turned out delicious. I served it with malt vinegar (a must!) and, of course, bottles of Irish ale.
The St. Paddy's Day Fish Fry might just have to be a new tradition in the ValleyWriter household. Though I think next year I have to add some green - maybe a side salad or coleslaw - just so I don't feel so guilty. Or, maybe I'll just have another beer and forget about the fried-food guilt!
However you celebrate St. Patrick's Day - enjoy! Erin go bragh!