St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to party! It’s not all about Irish whiskey and Guinness, though. Just as Christmas would be nothing without turkey and green bean casserole, St. Patrick’s Day is synonymous with Irish stew, corned beef, and delicious soda bread. So, let’s plan your perfect St. Patricks’ Day.
You can do a lot with the humble pork loin and for St. Patrick’s Day? A Guinness and honey glaze makes layer upon layer of flavor.
Preheat your oven to 425°. You will need ten ounces of Guinness, three ounces of clear honey, and one cup, plus one tablespoon of light muscovado sugar. You’ll also need a splash of white wine. Make the glaze by combining the sugar, honey, and Guinness in a pan until it’s reduced by half. Allow your syrupy glaze to cool. Season the pork loin with salt and pepper and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 350°.
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Remove the loin from the oven and brush with the glaze, be sure to save a few tablespoons for after. Return it to the oven and cook for another 50 minutes. Be sure to baste and brush it while it’s cooking. Remove it from the tray, and allow it to rest. While your meat is resting, you can add the remaining glaze to the roasting pan and add a splash of white wine. Now simmer it in its baking tray until you have a gravy. Thinly slice your pork and drizzle with your gravy.
Colcannon is a delicious traditional Irish side dish. Grab a two-pound bag of potatoes, three and a half ounces of butter, 5 ounces of finely chopped bacon, finely shredded Savoy cabbage, and five ounces of cream. Boil your potatoes as you would for mash and heat a quarter of the butter in a pan to fry your bacon and half of the cabbage. Fry this for five minutes and set it aside. Drain your potatoes and mash them as normal. Heat the remaining butter in a pan with the cream. When it’s almost boiling, you can add the potato and beat it in before folding in the bacon and cabbage.
Don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about the rest of the cabbage! Heat a pan with a little butter, and when it’s melted, you can add the cabbage to the pan and cook for just five minutes.
DRJ Catering can’t provide you with a full bar due to licensing laws, but we can provide you with a bartender if you need one. While you may simply want to provide guests with basic cocktails, we can also whip up cocktails with the ingredients you provide. Why not create a signature cocktail? The Luck of the Irish is a well-established delicious adult aperitif that combines Irish whisky, vermouth, and chartreuse. For a lighter approach combine Irish whiskey with peach schnapps, pineapple juice, and garnish with a cherry.
We also make our own non-alcoholic Baileys for the entire family to enjoy. And, for the adults? You can add your own drop or two of whiskey.
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Sure, you can handle your own catering, but don’t you want to enjoy a stress-free day where you mingle with your guests and enjoy a delicious spread of food? At DRJ Catering, we offer themed and holiday menus to ensure you get your menu just right. If you’re looking for a traditional meal of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes, then contact us to plan your event.