St. Patrick's Day: Your Guide to Irish Eats

Click through for explanations of traditional Irish fare.

— -- intro: St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, and restaurants are preparing by offering Irish specials like bangers and mash or black pudding. Not exactly sure what you’re ordering, though? Click through for explanations of traditional Irish fare. And as the Irish say, “Slainte!” (Cheers!)

quicklist:2title: Soda Bread url: No, not soda as in the drink. Soda as in baking soda, which leavens this bread instead of yeast, creating a denser product. Raisins and nuts are also commonly added for a sweet 18718535

quicklist:3title: Beef and Guinness Stewurl: Stew has a long tradition in Ireland as a way of tenderizing less expensive, but tougher cuts of meat. Adding Guinness for flavor was a natural fit as it’s the country’s top 15878170

quicklist:4title: Smoked Salmonurl: Salmon plays a big role in Irish mythology, which makes sense since this small island is surrounded by water and thus has excellent access to fresh seafood. Smoking it lends a different flavor and a silkier texture to the meat, as well as extending its shelf 22886455

quicklist:5title: Bangers and Mashtext: The title is much more intimidating than the actual dish, which is actually just sausage and mashed potatoes and is common on pub menus. While the name “mash” is easy enough to understand for mashed potatoes, bangers has a different explanation: sausages used to be made with a higher water content, and could sometimes explode, or bang, when 22886196

quicklist:6title: Black Puddingtext: More commonly known as blood sausage, black pudding is sausage that’s made with pork blood and oatmeal to bind the meat. In Ireland, it’s often served at 22886006

quicklist:7title: Fish and Chipsurl: Translation: fried battered fish, usually cod or haddock, and French fries, traditionally served with malt 22885899