5 Easy Irish Christmas Recipes

Try these 5 easy Irish Christmas recipes for a traditional Irish Christmas feast. These easy Irish Christmas recipes are sure to make your holiday cooking effortless.  

Irish Christmas recipe for roast goose:

  • 10 to 12 pound goose
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Potato stuffing (recipe below)
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Clean the goose and pierce in several spots with a fork. 
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  4. Fill the goose cavity with potato stuffing.
  5. Cook for fifteen minutes, uncovered, in a roasting pan. Skin should start to brown.
  6. Lower heat to 325°F and cook for 25 minutes per pound. 
  7. Remove the excess fat as it cooks. 

Irish Christmas recipe for potato stuffing:

  • 6 cups boiled potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. ground sage
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  1. Shred the potatoes using a food shredder. 
  2. Add the potatoes to a mixing bowl and pour the melted butter over them, mix well. 
  3. Over low heat, sauté the onions until they are translucent. 
  4. Mix the onions into the potato mixture. 
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Stuff into bird cavity.

Irish Christmas recipe for applesauce:

  • 2 lbs. cooking apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  1. Peel and cut the apples into quarters. 
  2. Add the apples to a pot of water and bring to a boil. 
  3. Lower heat and simmer.
  4. When the apples are soft, add the remaining ingredients and cook for five minutes.
  5. Let cool for 30 minutes. 

Irish Christmas recipe for Irish Christmas pudding, also known as plum pudding.  Note: This recipe is best made two to three weeks ahead of time.

  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup Sultana raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped citron
  • 1/2 cup preserved cherries, chopped
  • 2 cups Irish whiskey
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped suet
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 apple peeled and grated
  • Zest of 1 lemon rind
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  1. Mix the first four ingredients in a mixing bowl with the whiskey. Cover the mixture and allow to set for twelve hours.
  2. When the fruit mixture is ready, combine the next twelve ingredients and the fruit mixture, mixing well.
  3. Beat the eggs until frothy, in another bowl.
  4. Add the Guinness. 
  5. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour mixture stirring well.
  6. Pour pudding evenly into two 6” bowls that have been greased. 
  7. Cover the bowls with aluminum foil then add a piece of muslin and tie with butcher’s string. 
  8. Place the bowls into a pot of shallow water. The water should only be ¾” deep after the bowls are added. 
  9. Bring to a boil then simmer for about five and a half to six hours adding more water if needed.
  10. Let the pudding cool, then place on a plate pouring the Irish whiskey over them. The pudding should soak up all of the whiskey.  
  11. Wrap the pudding in cheesecloth and put into a sealed container. Allow them to age for two to three weeks in the refrigerator.
  12. To serve, reheat pudding for two to three hours in simmering water.

Irish Christmas recipe for Irish ginger snaps:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream together the sugar, egg, salt and shortening. 
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Roll dough into balls. 
  4. Roll the dough balls into sugar.
  5. Bake for five to six minutes.
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