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Get ready to experience the luck of the Irish because March’s SnackCrate country of the month is Ireland! You’ll find a bounty of delicious and mouthwatering snacks inside this month’s SnackCrate. Savor the historic flavor and crunch of Guinness Potato Chips, relish the decadence of Cleeves’s traditional Irish toffee, and experience so many more flavors and treats as you snack your way across The Emerald Isle!

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Halloween was first celebrated in Ireland as the Samhain festival more than 2,000 years ago.

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Boasting a harp as a prominent emblem, Ireland is the only country in the world to display a musical instrument as a national symbol.

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There are approximately 30,000 castles found across Ireland.

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Ireland is quite proud of its literary culture. Notable authors and playwrights from Ireland include Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce.

Ireland is an island located in the north Atlantic Ocean. The island is divided between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Together, these two countries form the third-largest territory in Europe. The island is home to more than 7 million people, with the majority living in the Republic of Ireland.

Travel across the Irish countryside, and you’ll find low-elevation mountains, rolling hills, several navigable waterways, and a widespread collection of medieval castles and ruins. Until the end of the Middle Ages, Ireland’s geography mostly consisted of dense forests. However, today only 10% of the island is covered by woodlands. Influenced by weather blowing off the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland is known for experiencing cool summers and relatively mild winters.

A few of the country's most famous cities include Belfast, Dublin, and Limerick. Notable landmarks found across Ireland include the Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, and the Giant’s Causeway. A country known for its vast cultural heritage, Pancake Tuesday, St. Brigid’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day are all notable Irish holidays.

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Send your taste buds on a jig across Ireland as you dine on this divine Irish Boiled Dinner recipe!

Irish Boiled Dinner

While Irish residents would have considered beef a luxury, Irish immigrants found the meat in high supply when they landed on American soil in the mid-1800s. Living alongside the Jewish communities of Manhattan, Irish Americans soon swapped out traditional ingredients like bacon and potatoes for corned beef, cabbage, and other local vegetables. Nowadays, almost every Irish establishment in the United States serves corned beef and cabbage or an Irish boiled dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. This dish also closely resembles the Newfoundland staple, Jig’s Dinner, which rose to fame with the hit comic strip, Bringing Up Father, featuring two Irish characters.

Total time

4-5 hours

Serves

4

Difficulty

Easy

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Main Dish

  • 4 lbs corned beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bag small red potatoes
  • 1 head cabbage (use half)
  • 4 whole carrots
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Mustard seeds
  • Coriander seeds
  • Parsley

Instructions

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1

Step One

Peel carrots and onion. Chop carrots into large pieces, onions into wedges, and cabbage into strips.

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Step Two

Place corned beef, bay leaves, mustard seeds, and coriander seeds into slow cooker.

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Step Three

Next, add carrots, cabbage, onion, and potatoes to crock pot, layering carrots first. Add salt and pepper.

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4

Step Four

Cook for 4-5 hours on high.

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5

Step Five

Plate! Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley.

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Step Six

Serve with bread and butter and enioy!

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