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A Gluten Free St Patrick's Day; Irish Fare

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, one can't help but think of green beer, cabbage and corned beef. These are all staples at home, or at your local pub when celebrating this fun filled day with your friends and family.

Now beer is generally not really a part of a celiacs gluten-free life. Instead of indulging in this glutinous delight, you can opt for some gluten-free alternatives, and the number of these are growing every year as the world becomes more aware of people who are sensitive to gluten.

It turns out there are Celiacs in Ireland too and therefore there are beers that are gluten-free as well as several recipes for Irish fare. So here is a delicious and filling meal that you can have on St. Patrick's day without angering your tummy. Those joining you for the feast probably won't even know that it's gluten free unless you tell them.

 

Gluten-Free Green Beer

It is simple enough to make green beer, food coloring + beer. Making gluten-free green beer is just as simple, substitute regular beer for gluten free beer. Here is a list of a few gluten free brands to try out:

Green's - Discovery Amber Ale, Endeavor Double Dark Lager and Quest Tripel;
Glutaner - Glutaner Premium;
Les Biers de la Nouvelle France - La Messagere and La Messagere Red Ale;
Estrella Damm Brewerey - Estrella Daura (won the World Beer Award);
Bard's Tale Beer - Original Sorghum Malt;
O'Brien Brewing - Premium Light, Brown Ale and Pale Ale

Gluten-Free Colcannon (Cabbage and Potato Goodness)

Peel and chop 6 medium size potatoes for boiling in salted water. I usually boil over medium heat for about 20-25 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, in a large saucepan fry 1 diced slice of bacon. Remove the bacon bits but keep the grease. Add the following ingredients, cover and simmer until tender (5 to 10 minutes):
1/4 cup water;
3 cups shredded green cabbage (this is about 1/2 a head);
6 chopped green onions; and
Salt to taste.

Drain thoroughly and set aside while you finish preparing your potatoes. To finish the potatoes, when cooked, drain, and mash with 1/3 cup rich milk (or soy milk), 3 Tablespoons butter (or margarine).

Combine your fluffy mashed potatoes with cabbage, stir together and serve. Season with more butter, salt and pepper. 

Slow Cooked Gluten-Free Corned Beef

Don't just open a can of corned beef, instead, get out your crockpot and throw a few ingredients together. Add:

1 peeled head of garlic;
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns;
2 lbs corned beef brisket.

Cover with warm water and cook on HIGH for 6 hours. Remove meat and allow 15 minutes for it to rest prior to slicing.