Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Pa Melting Pot - Part 2 - Great Britain - Part 1 - Irish

These immigrants came to western PA in two waves because of religious persecution, the potato famine …

Please see photos about Ireland at bottom of blog. 

There are three links before the photos near bottom of page that may interest you:  

  • Sunny Anderson does Irish on Foodnetwork
  • Irish Food Timeline
  • Irish Festivals

Irish Catholics

  • 1800’s and on
  • By 1850 10,000 in Pittsburgh
  • Settled in Pittsburgh and southwestern PA
  • From Ulster in Northern Ireland
  • Others came from Leinster, Munster and Connaught
  • Area’s first most significant Catholic influx
  • Tradesmen
  • The Protestant hold on Pittsburgh created an anti-Catholic sentiment
  • Late 19th century emerged as a force of their own
  • 17 % of the southwestern PA population claim Irish as part of their heritage. 
Popular Irish foods:  Potato Onion Soup, Irish style; Dublin Coddle (potatoes, pork, ham); Colcannon (potatoes, kale, leeks), etc.  The Irish also used recipes with cabbage: boiled cabbage with smoked pork butt, Irish boiled dinner (brisket, cabbage, beer, potatoes).  The Hunters left legacies of lamb & beef dishes such as Irish Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb, Lamb Stew and Steak and Potato Pie. The Fisherman provided Irish smoked Fish & Rice with Saffron (Kedgeree) and Scallop and Mushroom Pie.  The farmers left the legacy of Irish Soda Bread, Oat Bread, Potato recipes, Irish Peas...  Irish desserts:  Donegal Oatmeal Cream, Chocolate Potato Cake, Apple Amber (pastry, apples, meringue). 


Potato Onion Soup, Irish style

Dublin Coddle (potatoes, pork, ham)

Colcannon (potatoes, kale, leeks)

Boiled cabbage with smoked pork butt

Irish boiled dinner (brisket, cabbage, beer, potatoes)

Irish Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb

LINK TO the BBC's Stuffed_shoulder_of_lamb with video

Lamb Stew

LINK TO All recipes Irish Stew

 Steak and Potato Pie (recipe says it is English but it is Irish, too)

Irish Smoked Fish & Rice with Saffron (Kedgeree) 

Scallop and Mushroom Pie

LINK TO Belfasttelegraph recipe for Scallop and Mushroom Pie

Irish Soda Bread

Oat or Oatmeal Bread

LINKS TO Oatmeal Bread below


Irish Peas

LINK TO Irish Peas

Irish Mushy Peas

...  Irish desserts:  

Donegal Oatmeal Cream

Chocolate Potato Cake

Apple Amber (pastry, apples, meringue)

LINK TO European Cuisine's Apple Amber

LINK TO Foodnetwork show - Sunny does Irish

LINK TO GREAT SITE: From Food Timeline on Irish food

LINK TO Irish festivals from Angelfire










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