Quick and Easy St. Patrick's Day Recipe: Irish Champ
The Irish champ is an Irish classic dish made from mashed potatoes and chopped green onions. This quick and easy recipe is the perfect side dish for your Saint Patrick’s Day festivities!
In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I will make a classic dish made of mashed potatoes and chopped green onions, which will be the perfect side recipe for your festivities.
What started out as a celebration of Saint Patrick, for he introduced Christianity and built churches, monasteries, and schools around Ireland, it is now mostly a secular holiday. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century. He arrived in Ireland as a 16 year old slave after being kidnapped by Irish pirates. After being a slave for several years, he escaped, but returned as a missionary converting many into his faith. His death, March 17, 461 became a holy day for the Irish converts and Catholics.
When the Irish moved to other countries, but particularly to the United States, is when it became more of a celebration of all things Irish, rather than a religious event. The first meeting of Irishmen on American soil to honor St. Patrick was on March 17, 1737. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in the 1760s, by Irishmen serving there in the British military. It wasn’t until 1860’s where more than a dozen American cities held parades.
In Ireland however, up until the 1970s, pubs were closed in honor of Saint Patrick. Soon, people back in Ireland were starting to realize the economic boost cities around the world was having, that it started to participate in its secular celebration. By mid 1990s, to promote tourism and give a jolt to their economy, they sponsored a Saint Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin (other cities around the country as well) with parades, special performances, and activities.
For Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, I created the classic Irish champ recipe. It’s made from mashed potatoes, green onions, with some boiled milk and butter. I added a few extra ingredients such as garlic, rosemary, and parsley to bring out the flavor and to bring out the color green. Put this on the side of anything and watch it disappear before you get to your seconds!
(With all The Journey posts, which will explain the 5Ws+H and go deeper than just the recipe, I will also create a Leftovers post, as a way to create something fun and tasty with, you guessed it, the leftovers. You can go to that page here: The Creamiest Egg and Potato Brunch Recipe- Sous Vide
Warming up the milk with rosemary and green onions, it will really liven up the Irish Champ.
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What: Irish Champ – A classic Irish dish for Saint Patrick’s Day
Who: Anyone celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day
When: Saint Patrick’s death was March 17, 461
Why: Originally a holy day in Ireland celebrating what Saint Patrick did for Ireland, however, emigrants from Ireland to other countries, specifically the United States, made this day more of a celebration of all things Irish.