Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patricks Day

Top Ten Irish Movies

  • Finigan's Rainbow

  • The luck of the Irish

  • Far and Away

  • The last leprechaun

  • The Gnome

  • Waking Ned Devine

  • A very unlucky Leprechaun

  • The Departed

  • The Quiet Man (John Wayne)

  • Darby O'Gill and the little People

What is on the lawn all summer and is Irish?

Paddy O'Furniture

What do you call a fake rock in Ireland?

A Shamrock

A tasty Irish recipe- found it on

Bacon and cabbage, the traditional Irish combination, is excellent when teamed with chicken. This elegant yet rustic dish is easy to modify so that picky eaters can have their chicken plain. It’s a good dish to make ahead if you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day dinner as the flavors get even better the next day.
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2-1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups shredded cabbage (about 1/4 head of cabbage)
2/3 cup canned chicken broth
2 tablespoons half-and-half
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Cooking Instructions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until crisp. Drain well on a paper towel-lined plate.
In the same skillet, brown the chicken for about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet, and transfer them to a large shallow baking dish. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
Wipe out the skillet. Heat the olive oil over low heat for 1 minute. Add the onion and garlic and saute for about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook for another minute. Pour in the broth, turn the heat up to high, and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cabbage softens.
Using a slotted spoon, spoon the cabbage onto plates. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil and allow it to reduce by half.
Stir in the half and half. Whisk in the butter. Stir the bacon into the sauce. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
To serve, slice the chicken into thin pieces. Arrange the chicken on top of the cabbage on the plates, and pour some sauce around and on top of the chicken.
Feel free to substitute turkey bacon for the regular bacon, and substitute low-salt canned broth for the regular chicken broth.
Tips & Tricks
Serve this dish with crusty bread and a steamed green vegetable.

Preparation Time:
15 minutes

Cooking Time:
35 minutes

Ready In:
50 minutes



Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy St Patrick's Day Deb!

♥ Kathy said...

Happy St. Patty's Day Deb ♥

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you Deb!! I have only seen one of the films and that was the one with my old time favorite guy John Wayne!! loved the quiz!! Thanks for sharing .
Blessings, Sue

Loretta said...

Happy St Patricks Day Deb. Love the jokes! I needed a good laugh today!

Carla said...

Hey, Deb, link up with the carnival I have posted on my blog today! Happy Paddy's day to you too!
(paddyo furniture-LOL)

Melissa Miller said...

Happy St Patty's Day! ;)

Judanna said...

Happy St paddy's day to you. Always the luck of the Irish.
Lov the recipe and the paddyo furniture.

momma said...

i've always admired ballet dancers

Elena said...

Loved your photos and the St. Patrick day art work and recipe!