Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Irish Potatoes for St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Irish Potatoes for St. Patrick's Day

My family doesn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the way most do; with corned beef & cabbage or Irish soda bread.

Instead our family tradition is Irish Potatoes. These little treats have nothing to do with potatoes or being Irish but they sure are yummy.

Is there a particular food you eat in honor of St. Patrick's Day?




Irish Potatoes

1 stick butter
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp water
1 lb powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
1 bag coconut flakes (optional)
Cinnamon

Melt butter over medium heat. Stir in vanilla and water.

Pour over powdered sugar, salt and coconut if using. Mix well until thickened.

 Refrigerate until slightly firm.

Shape into balls and roll in cinnamon until coated.

Allow to set in refrigerator over night.

17 comments:

  1. I have never heard of anything like this! I love potatoes, but I haven't done them sweet before. How exciting! Thank you for sharing your recipe and your words. Happy St. Patrick's day!

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  2. I've seen these around the blogosphere and think they are just the cutest things ever! Thanks for sharing this recipe. What a great tradition!

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  3. I also have never heard of these... but, am thinking my oldest would probably love them!

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  4. ok, make me three, this is totally new to me too! Very interesting!

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  5. my mouth is watering already!!!! yummmmy. love this! thanks for posting ;)

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  6. I actually thought they were potatoes when I saw them on 365! Very cool tradition.

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  7. Great potatoes! We don't really have any St. Paddy's traditions I just like to come up with something fun each year.

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  8. I never heard of these! They sound scrumptious! We always have Irish Soda Bread.

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  9. This is very new to me! Vanilla with potatoes :)

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  10. Sounds interesting! Only butter and sugar??? Wow! Thanks for popping by my blog too! :)

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  11. Wait a sec... so these are basically balls of coconut-cinnamon buttercream?! Sign. Me. Up.

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  12. What an interesting recipe. When I first saw your photograph, I wondered what you coated the potatoes in to give them a crust! Combining butter, sugar, and coconut just can't be bad.

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  13. I like to switch it up every year, try a new dish or two...and eat some of our favorites. Potatoes are always on the list. These sound great!

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  14. Irish Potatoes sound like the perfect food to celebrate with!!

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  15. I haven't had these in forever. So much fun. I have to make some soon for the hooligans.

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  16. This recipe isn't quite what I'd expected when I read the title. They're a fun surprise.

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  17. I love this tradition, especially since I have such a soft spot for foods with funny names. And since they're called "potatoes", they totally count as vegetables, right? ;)

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