Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn

Hello Lovely,

St. Patrick's Day is this Saturday but I'm not that excited about it. I think I'm saving all of my enthusiasm for beach weather. When I think about St. Patrick's Day an explosion of all things green comes to mind. But green was never really my colour so I always try to think of different ways to celebrate all things Irish without painting myself green or drinking a dreaded Guinness. Enter this super easy snack recipe. This popcorn is best eaten the day it’s made. If you want to serve it at a party, have your ingredients measured ahead of time then assemble right before serving. It really doesn't get any easier than this, but I guarantee this will impress all of your guests!

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Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 7 cups salted popcorn (roughly 1/3 cup unpopped kernels)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup finely grated Irish cheese*
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Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the popcorn, butter, bacon, and cheese. Popcorn is best eaten the day it's made.
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FLATBREAD WITH IRISH CHEDDAR, APPLES, AND BACON

Hello Lovely,

I'm so excited to share this new recipe with you. I was looking for ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day but I was tired of everything green and wanted something more original. Then I discovered this recipe from Kerrygold and I knew I had to try it.

This is hands down one of my favourite all time recipes! It's so simple, healthy and delicious I could eat this all the time! It's vegetarian and you can even make it vegan by swapping out the cheese for vegan cheese and using a vegan flatbread. I love naan bread and I love making flatbread pizzas with it (it's the only time thin crust is acceptable).

Naan bread is something you should always have on hand for party snacks and quick & easy meals. In this recipe, I piled Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, crisp, salty bacon and sweet apple slices high on the naan bread and pop it in the oven until the cheese becomes melty and gooey. A quick sprinkle of crunchy green onions is all this Flatbread with Irish Cheddar and Bacon needs before it’s ready to eat. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be. This recipe has all the great flavors you want in a flatbread without being overly rich. And who can say no to anything with bacon?

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FLATBREAD WITH IRISH CHEDDAR, APPLES, AND BACON

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ounces grated Kerrygold
  • Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 pieces of bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • ¼ of an apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Top the naan crust with the grated cheese. Sprinkle the bacon on top of cheese and add the apple slices. Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sprinkle green onions on top of flatbread. Slice and serve.

BAILEYS™ IRISH COFFEE

Hello Lovely,

What does your morning routine look like? For me, I have to have a cup of coffee every morning. It's not even a caffeine addiction. I just like routines. Whether it was water, juice, tea, cocoa, or a particular breakfast item, I like to have a routine and coffee is just a delicious part of that routine. 

But let's face it, some mornings, your regular cup of coffee just doesn't do it for you. And with St. Patrick's Day coming up, I thought, what better way to celebrate than with a good old cup of Irish Coffee. To make mine even more Irish, I used my O'Donnell's Irish Cream, which you can pick up from any Aldi's store. The O'Donnell's brand of Irish Cream is a direct product from Ireland just like Bailey's. So feel free to use either one (O'Donnell's is much cheaper though at only $8 per bottle). Because I believe the best part of waking up, is Bailey's in your cup! (Someone get Folger's on the line and tell them I have a new slogan for them).

BAILEYS™ IRISH COFFEE

The classic cold weather cocktail taken to new heights of flavor with Baileys Original Irish Cream.

INGREDIENTS

2 OZ Baileys™ Original Irish Cream

6 OZ Hot Coffee

1 OZ Irish Whiskey

1 DOLLOP Whipped Cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Combine Baileys, coffee and Irish Whiskey in a tall "Irish Coffee" glass. I went with the first mug I found in my cupboard, but the glasses typically look like this.
  2. Top with whipped cream.

For more great coffee recipes, check out these ones below and try to see which ones you can sneak a little Bailey's into!