Author: Jinny Sauer Bastianelli
Who doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day? With a hint of spring in the air, the March 17th holiday is the perfect excuse to wear green and eat good food inspired by Irish heritage. Coincidentally, these recipes make use of lots of good things you can find at the Market this time of year. Lucky you!
(Champ is a dish closely associated with Ireland, where it has been made for centuries. It consists of mashed potatoes, traditionally mixed with scallions, and sometimes with peas added.)
Irish Whiskey-Honey Pork Chops with Champ Mash and Carrots
recipe from Donal Skehan for the Today Show
- 3 tablespoons Irish whiskey
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil
- 4 pork loin chops, cut 1/2-inch thick, bone in, scored
- 1¾ pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3/4 stick butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 6 scallions, finely sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 lb. carrots, cut into 1/2-inch diagonal slices
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small handful parsley
- Whisk together the whiskey, honey, mustard, apple juice and oil in a flat, high-sided dish. Add the pork chops to the dish and turn until coated and submerged. Cover and place in the fridge to marinade for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Once the pork chops are ready to cook, remove from the fridge and allow to come to room temp.
- Heat a griddle pan over a medium-high heat.
- Remove the pork to a plate lined with kitchen paper and pat dry before transferring the marinade to a small saucepan.
- Simmer the marinade over a medium heat until sticky and slightly thickened.
- Place the pork on the griddle pan and cook for 3 minutes on both sides, until it has deep char marks and is cooked all the way through.
- Add the potato chunks to a pot of cold water, cover, place over a high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potato is tender when pierced with a fork.
- When the potatoes are cooked, remove from the heat, drain into a colander, then add back into the pot with the butter and milk. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy.
- Add in the spring onions and season with sea salt and ground black pepper, stirring to combine.
- Add the carrots, half of the butter, water and sugar to a heavy-based pan, along with seasoning.
- Place a lid on top and bring to a steady boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, until the carrots are fork-tender. The liquid should be almost all used up at this point; if not, cook more and if the carrots aren’t quite tender, don’t be afraid to add another splash of water.
- Add the remaining butter and parsley, tossing until the butter is melted and all the carrots are coated.
TO SERVE: Serve the pork slathered in the sticky honey and whiskey sauce alongside the carrots and champ mash. Makes 4 servings.
For more delicious Irish recipes from our archives…
- Eat Like You’re Irish (Bangers & Mash, Mushy Peas)
- Traditional Irish Bacon, Cabbage, Parsley Sauce
- Seasonal Spring Soup (Potato Leek)
- Comforting Dublin Coddle (Sausage Potato Casserole)
- Traditionally Irish (Colcannon)
- The Luck O’ the Irish (Irish Stew)
- Irish Inspiration (Cabbage Wrap Brats)
- Healthy St. Patrick’s Day (Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie)