Ahh, the wearin’ o’ the green is upon us once again, and I look to great ingredients to prepare a recipe worthy of the holiday and lively as a leprechaun! Here is my newest recipe for St. Paddy’s day, with a round up of a few of my favorite Irish bits.
- 1 loaf soft bread, like French bread
- 10 ounces extra-sharp Irish Cheddar, coarsely grated
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups cream
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- ½ cup Guinness
- 6 green onions, chopped (use both white and green parts),
- plus one for garnish
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for the top
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon Hot sauce (I like Frank’s!)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 13X9” baking pan, set aside.
Measure about 1/2 cup of the Cheddar cheese and set it aside for later. Cut or tear bread into 1-inch chunks; set aside. In a mixing bowl whisk eggs until they are thin and smooth. Add cream, milk, Guinness, the remaining Cheddar cheese, green onion, rosemary, salt, garlic, white pepper, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Add bread to mixture and toss to coat the bread; let sit for 5 minutes.
Place bread mixture into prepared pan; cover with foil. Place pan in oven and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes remove foil and top with reserved ½ cup of Cheddar cheese and a good bit of additional black pepper. Bake 6 to 8 minutes longer, until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown on top. Serve immediately or cool and serve later, garnished with green onion.
Now, how do I say YUMMM in Gaelic??