Love Chocolate…. continued….

Dreamy Irish Chocolate Desserts

Shamrock and Peach Tours Chocolate dessert memories

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I am still dreaming of Irish Chocolate! Today I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite chocolate desserts that we had the opportunity to taste and devour last year whilst leading our Shamrock and Peach Tours.

Irish chefs are creating world class chocolate desserts made with chocolate from homegrown Irish companies, which is kind of a new thing. In Ireland, we are known for our wonderfully pure and wholesome dairy products and herds who enjoy a grass fed diet producing milk that is rich, yellow and naturally salted by our clean and pure sea breezes. So, guests who come to Ireland are falling in love with more than just Ireland….. our chocolate alone is worth the Journey!

Yum!

Shamrock and Peach (Judie the Irish Foodie)

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Love Irish Chocolate… continued

In pursuit of the best Irish chocolates we turn to Dingle Town in County Kerry,a stop on last summer’s Shamrock and Peach Southern Elegance tours. The Wild Irish Chocolate Shop, situated on the main street in Dingle, had an assortment of fudge, marshmallows, toffee, truffles and one of the largest selection of chocolate bars I have ever seen… (in fact you can choose from 47 different varieties).  Dingle is not the only place to purchase Wild Irish Chocolate brand when you are visiting Ireland so take my advice and try it for yourself, with varieties of bars like seaweed and lime splash and White Chocolate Cranberry you will need to leave extra room in your suitcase.

On the countdown to Valentine’s Day this is one of the Irish chocolate stops I will be dreaming about and look forward to returning again this summer to enjoy Wild Irish Chocolates (all handmade in Co. Clare, Ireland).

Love it!

Shamrock and Peach (Judie the Irish foodie)

Love Irish Chocolate

Are you just like me and in love with chocolate?  Of course you are! – This week is Valentine’s, and in celebration I am blogging about some of my favorite Irish Chocolate experiences. For us Irish living abroad there are always two requests we have for friends and family who are coming over to the USA to stuff into their luggage before they leave, and they would be – Irish Chocolate and Irish Tea! Make room in those suitcases and fill them with goodies please!

Yes, chocolate is considered one of the foods I adore, so, being Valentine’s day I am excited to share some dreamy, creamy memories.  Here we go…

During my travels throughout Ireland I am always excited to discover new artisan chocolate-tiers springing up all over the country and many of my favorites are in my bucket list to visit this coming year. Last year, Shamrock and Peach Tours had the chance to stop at Hazel Mountain Chocolate in the Burren, in County Clare and considering the ambiance, landscape, never mind the to ‘to die for’ coffee and chocolate ,it did not disappoint!  Tomorrow I am following up with another favorite (and this time with a stop in Dingle)…

Love that chocolate, and check these guys out!

Shamrock and Peach (Judie the Irish foodie)

Blue Cheese and Bacon Tatter Cups for the Super Bowl

Tater Cups for Super Bowl

Roasted Potato Cups are so delicious and you can pick your own filling?

Super Bowl 53 is in our hometown of Atlanta this weekend and the buzz is in the air! The sun is shining, it feels like spring, the traffic is horrible (what’s new?) and all the great and good are descending on the ATL for the annual fest of football and quirky ads on TV…

Being an immigrant, we have grown accustomed to the pageantry that surrounds this most American of tournaments every year, and now quite enjoy the spectacle, and of course THE FOOD! – yes, it’s a great excuse to eat with friends and completely ignore the game until the funny ads come on, but then again, who’s counting!?

Each year I like to bring something fun and unusual to the Super Bowl party, and this weekend my offering are these wonderfully delicious and head turning potato cups. Easy to make, and very delicious. I’ve added some kale options for the ladies to feel good, and bacon and blue cheese for the guys…because they don’t care!

Great recipe, hope you enjoy!…and go…um, whoever!

Potato Cups (Kale and Mushroom/Bacon and Blue Cheese)

(recipe for 4 will be 3 potato cups per person)

  • (for the potato cups)
  • 4 Baby Potatoes (red and gold varieties)
  • 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • (for the Kale and Mushroom)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp of finely chopped shallots
  • 3 oz of mushrooms (finely chopped)
  • Handful of leafy kale (de-stemmed and chopped)
  • 1 oz of Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 Tbsp of Mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • (for the Bacon and Blue Cheese)
  • 4 slices of bacon (finely sliced)
  • 2 oz of blue cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
  • 3 Tbsp of Mayonnaise

How to make them

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees f.
  2. Cut each potato in half. Using a melon baller to scoop out a hole in the center in the cut side of each potato half.  Use a knife to slice a small piece of the skin side of each potato so they will stand straight when plating and serving.
  3. Brush potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake on a roasting pan cut side down for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork.
  4. To make the mushroom and kale filling sauté the mushrooms and shallots in olive oil and then add the chopped kale cooking for about 2 minutes to soften. Remove from the heat and stir in the mayonnaise.  Season with salt and pepper.
  5. To make the Bacon and Blue Cheese filing sauté the bacon until it is brown and crispy and then add the garlic and cook for less than a minute. Drain off any excess fat in the ban, stir in the crumbled blue cheese, and mayonnaise.
  6. Fill cups with prepared fillings and enjoy!

Shamrock and Peach (Judie the Irish Foodie)

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