yes, I chose Munster
When my siblings and I went off to boarding school together, we decided to start a holiday tradition of our own.
Christmas belonged to the immediate family and Thanksgiving belonged to the grandparents...Easter was never particularly celebrated.
So, we decided on St. Patrick's Day.
The first year, it just meant that we made a point of wearing green shirts (and orange underwear, we just can't pick sides) and I baked scones for the three of us and select friends.
It got bigger each year until 2003 when I had 65 people packed into my apartment for a feast of scones, cabbage, boiled potatoes, crudités, shortbread, biscuits, and tea (sweet, iced and hot). The pièce de résistance was one of my mad culinary experiments: Guinness Mac and Cheese
.Guinness Macaroni and Cheese1 pound of pasta, elbows by preference, but almost any pasta will do
10 oz cheese, 5 oz of farmer's cheese and 5 oz of strong/sharp Irish cheddar
6 oz Guinness
1 oz butter
Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
Cook pasta. DO NOT put pasta in water until water has boiled. If you normally cook pasta this way, on you go, but for this recipe doing that will make the pasta too soft.
Whatever consistency you like your pasta to be in final form, remove it when it's about 1 minute away from that. (In other words, leave it just the smallest bit crunchy.)
Shred the cheese.
Finely dice the shallots. Sauté the dice in the butter.
In a large bowl, mix the shallots, Guinness, pasta, and most of the cheese.
Pour into a baking dish(es). Bake for 40 minutes, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, spread the remaining cheese over the top to make a cheesy crust.
If the Guinness isn't all soaked in, drain off or continue baking until it does. (How much soaks in depends on how much you cooked the pasta.)If you like a creamier Mac and Cheese, add 6 oz of cream and 1/2 cup of flour to the ingredients and make a sauce from the cream, flour, and cheese before mixing the ingredients
My family is Scots-Irish. There's no doubt about this. I'm not claiming ancestry that's dubious or tenuous. However, we never celebrated this holiday as anything other than an American interpretation thereof. It's a bit of a laugh.
So, sláinte! Enjoy it in the spirit.Anyone got anything planned for St. Patrick's Day?