Disney-Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Welcome to those of you joining me from My Dreams of Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail. And thank you to Magical Blogorail Red for letting me join you this month to celebrate one of my favorite holidays – St. Patrick’s Day! Since everyone is a little bit Irish this time of year, I thought I’d share what I’ll be serving my own family: a Disney-inspired St. Patrick’s day dinner.
Corned Beef & Cabbage
If you happen to be in Epcot, you can sample this classic Irish dish at the Rose & Crown Pub in the UK Pavilion in Epcot. If you’re at home, it couldn’t be easier to prepare! Go to your local grocery store and buy a corned beef brisket. It will come with a spice packet. (Normally, I’d turn up my nose at such a thing, but this is how my mother made corned beef, so it must be right!) Put the brisket in your crock pot in the morning, and cover generously with water. Add the contents of the spice packet, then turn the crock pot on low and leave it. About 30 minutes before dinnertime, add a dozen or so baby potatoes to the crock pot. Cut a head of cabbage into six or eight wedges. Tuck the cabbage into the crock pot as well, making sure it’s completely submerged. When the potatoes and cabbage are cooked, drain the water, and serve the whole mess family-style, with plenty of salt, pepper, and butter for the cabbage and potatoes. At least, that’s how my mother did it!
I’ll admit, I’d never tasted mushy peas until our recent trip to Walt Disney World. I think the name put me off. Why would you eat something called “mushy peas??” But my adventurous husband ordered them at Rose & Crown Pub, and dared me to try a bite – how could I refuse? They were really pretty good – good enough to earn a spot on my St. Patrick’s Day table.
Traditional mushy peas require marrowfat peas, which are distinctly hard to find in the middle of Illinois, so I’m improvising with frozen peas and a potato masher. I’ll season them with cream, a little sugar, and salt to replicate the flavor and texture as closely as I can. After all, do you really think all those Irish mothers really followed a recipe?
At the end of a long day, there’s nothing like a bit of something to warm the insides – especially when winter doesn’t seem to want to let go just yet! I’ll finish St. Patrick’s Day with a classic Irish Coffee, made with brown sugar, whiskey, hot fresh coffee, and lightly whipped cream. Just the thing!
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