Well, as any good computer geek worth her salt would do, I headed over to Google and searched for Irish recipes, with an emphasis on quick and easy because this was three hours before the party started. I found this recipe for Irish Potato Casserole, which looked like a winner. It looked yummy -- who doesn't like potatoes and cheese?? -- and more importantly, I had most of the ingredients on hand already.
(Full disclosure: I'm not sure how actually Irish this dish is but I'm going with it.)
I made quite a few modifications and brought it to the party where it disappeared very quickly to rave reviews!
Here's my recipe:
Irish Potato Casserole
- 5 large, peeled and shredded potatoes
- 1/2 cup melted butter (use butter and not margarine!)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- minced onion/onion powder, garlic salt, and paprika to taste. (I just sprinkled some into the dish until it looked good - the recipe called for minced onion but since I didn't have any on hand I used onion powder)
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1 8 oz. brick of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Butter a 2 quart baking dish
- Mix potatoes, butter, egg, spices completely together.
- Pour milk over top and bake for 20 min.
- Stir in half the cheese, add rest of cheese to top of casserole. Sprinkle paprika on top, bake for an additional 15-20 min. or until done and browned on top.
Everyone asked for this recipe last night, and it's definitely a keeper!