St. Patrick’s day inspired – Juicy Jacinta

Idea: Saint Patrick’s day was one week ago. However, I wasn’t in any state to be cooking. This dish is not just inspired by Ireland but by several ideas. In Minneapolis there is a burger called a “Juicy Lucy”. Take two patties and have liquid melted cheese inside. Furthermore, Chicago has the Italian beef sandwich that you soak in a gravy/sauce. Jacinta is the only Irish name I know that matches with Juicy and so…the Juicy Jacinta.

Description: Make an Irish style stew. Whatever way you want is fine but mine has Guinness extra stout, spring onions, beef stock and vegetables. Once boiled down, set aside to simmer.

Take two patties and place Irish cheddar in-between then seal the edges. Whilst the patties are being cooked, fry the onions. The onions are caramelized with a little brown sugar and Guinness. After toasting the buns, quickly dip into the stew. Compile the burger however you desire. Mine had the classics such as mayo, pickles, tomato and lettuce.

Serving suggestions: What about Irish whiskey? Maybe even more Guinness? Some thick cut fries would go perfectly.

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Ultimate baked potato

Idea: As a kid we used to eat “chips royal”. Fries topped with melted cheese, bacon and sour cream. I thought it would be good to use those ingredients and switch up the organisation of them.

Description: Boil the potatoes. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out the middle then deep fry the potato “shells”. Fill with sour cream, bacon and cheese. Put two filled halves together and wrap in bacon. Top with cheese and cook in the oven.

Serving suggestions: Beer is a must have. If you aren’t allergic to salad like me, perhaps you could have one of those. If you don’t drink beer or salad then perhaps think of a drink or side food you like that can cut through that much fat. In the meantime, reconsider your position on beer.