Nollaig Shona (Merry Christmas) Irish Style…

If you want to have traditional Irish Christmas Dinner these are the recipes for you. A little bit of work involved but to have something so good takes a little preparation…as the say “Rome wasn’t built in a day””

“Roast Goose with Potato Stuffing

•10 to 12 pound goose
•Potato stuffing (see recipe below)
•Applesauce (see recipe below)
Preheat oven to 450°F.

Clean the goose and remove any large pieces of interior fat. Rub with salt and pepper. Lightly fill the goose with the Potato stuffing (see recipe below). Place on a rack in an uncovered roasting pan. Roast for 15 minutes or until the skin starts to brown. Reduce heat to 325°F and roast 25 minutes to the pound. Pour off any excess fat as it roasts. There will be quite a bit of fat. The goose is done when the skin is nicely browned and crisp and the drumstick moves easily. Serve with the hot applesauce.
Serves 6 to 8.

Potato Stuffing
•6 cups boiled potatoes, peeled and diced
•3/4 cup butter
•1 medium onion, chopped
•1/2 teaspoon ground sage
•2 teasponns salt
•1/2 teaspoon pepper
•1/2 cup chopped parsley

Pass the potatoes through a ricer or food mill, then place them in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a frying pan and pour over the potatoes (leave a little butter in the pan for the onions). Blend well. With the butter that is left in the frying pan sauté the onions over low heat until they are translucent. When done add the onions to the potato mixture. Add the sage, salt pepper and parsley. Blend well.
Makes enough for a 10 to 12 pound goose.

This is an excellent side dish to serve with the above Irish Christmas recipes.
•2 pounds cooking apples
•1 cup water
•1/2 cup sugar
•1 tablespoon lemon juice
•1/2 cup raisins

Wash, core and peel the apples. Cut into quarters. Put apples in a large sauce pan add the water. Bring to a boil then immediately turn down to simmer. Simmer until the apples are soft. Add the sugar, lemon juice and raisins. Season with nutmeg and cinnamon to taste. Cook for another 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Let stand 30 minutes.
Reheat and serve warm with the above goose recipe.
Makes about 2 cups of applesauce.

Irish Christmas Pudding (Plum Pudding)
This Irish Christmas recipe needs a little explanation.
First thing is this is called “plum” pudding, but it doesn’t contain plums. I think this just refers to the raisins in it.

The second thing is that this pudding takes a long time to cook. It is usually made 2 to 3 weeks or more ahead of time. It keeps very well. It is said it needs to age at least this long for the best flavor. If you really don’t want to wait that long you can just buy a traditional plum pudding .
This recipe makes 2 puddings
•1/2 cup currants
•1/2 cup Sultana raisins, chopped
•1/2 cup chopped citron
•1/2 cup preserved cherries, chopped
•2 cups Irish whiskey
•3/4 cups flour
•2 cups breadcrumbs
•1 cup brown sugar
•1/4 cup finely chopped suet
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
•1/2 teaspoon allspice
•1/4 teaspoon ginger
•1 cup chopped almonds
•1 apple peeled and grated
•Zest of 1 lemon rind
•Juice of 1 lemon
•4 eggs
•1 cup Guinness
•1 tablespoon butter

In a large non-metal bowl mix the first 4 ingredients of fruit with one cup of the whiskey. Cover and let stand for at least 12 hours.
Later in another large bowl combine the flour, breadcrumbs, sugar, suet, salt and spices. Mix well. Add the almonds, grated apples, the whiskey soaked fruit, lemon juice and lemon zest. Again mixing well.
In another bowl beat the eggs to a froth and add the Guinness. Slowly add this mixture to the flour mixture blending well.
Grease two 6″ bowls with butter and pour in equal amounts of the pudding. Cover the bowls with aluminum foil and over that tie on a piece of muslin with butcher’s string. Put the bowls in a large pot and add water to the pot until it is three quarters of the way up the bowls. Bring to a boil then turn down to a slow simmer. Simmer for about 5-1/2 to 6 hours adding water as needed.
Remove the puddings from the pot and remove the cloth and foil. Let cool. Put the puddings on a plate and pour on the other cup of Irish whiskey. Allow the puddings to completely soak up the whiskey. Wrap in cheesecloth and place them in a sealed container. Let them age in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.
To serve, place the puddings back in their bowls and put them in a pot of simmering water. Reheat for 2 to 3 hours.
As a final traditional touch just before serving flame the puddings with Irish whiskey or brandy. In some parts of Ireland they get a better flame for this Irish Christmas recipe with poteen (bootleg whiskey) but that’s another story, told with a wink and a nod. If you know what I mean (Wink, Nod).”



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