My friend, from a wee town in Ireland, completely redid my kitchen with the most amazing thought and craftsmanship for hardly any money.
I want to make him an incredible meal-he is a meat and potatoes guy and I don't really know any traditional Irish meals. Can you recommend any?
For your Irishman, the first thing that comes to mind is a Guinness Beef Stew (recipe below) My friend Ori makes a great one that goes over very well with Irishmen.
Also, I don't know where you are in the city, but there's agreat Irish butcherin sunny side queens that Ori turned me onto. You could just go out and pick him up some great stuff. It's worth the trip.
Enjoy your new kitchen!
Guinness Beef Stew
1 pound boneless beef sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 lb (or more if your irish) bacon
3 large carrots, peeled, sliced
1 large onion, 1-inch dice
3 teaspoons all purpose flour
1 box beef broth (low sodium)
1/3 cup Guinness
1. In a pot (4 qt.) render the bacon until lightly crisp over medium high heat. Remove and reserve.
2. Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. remove and reserve.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add carrots and onion to skillet; toss to coat with pan juices. add the flour and saute for 4-7 min.
4. Add the beef, bacon, beef broth and guinness and bring the whole thing to a boil.
5. Cover and stick the pot in a 325 degree oven for 3 hours.
You might notice there are not potatoes in the stew. You could cut a few in and it would be delicious and easy. You could also spoon the stew over some mashed or roasted potatoes.