Make a three course Irish meal for Valentine’s Day

Three course Irish meal for Valentine’s Day. Image copyright Ireland Calling

If you really want to spoil your partner this Valentine’s Day why not treat him or her to a slap-up Irish meal.

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and good food is also a surefire way to put women in a romantic mood.

Why not start with Dublin Bay oysters for your hors d’oeuvres; they are an aphrodisiac after all. Jonathan Swift may have said, ‘twas a bold man who first ate an oyster,” and it is true that they are an acquired taste…but for those who like them, they can be the ultimate in luxury.

This video will give you some ideas on how to serve oysters.

However, oysters, even those from Dublin Bay, aren’t to everyone’s taste, but that’s no problem, there are plenty of other options to try.

Irish cuisine may not be traditionally thought of as the most romantic food in the world, but it tastes great, is nice and healthy and would certainly be original enough to show you care.

After you have tucked into a three-course meal, there are plenty of Irish drinks to enjoy such as Guinness, Bailey’s or the classic Irish coffee.

For a starter, we would recommend a creamy potato and leek soup. This is very popular with people with Irish heritage all over the world. The soup consists of potatoes, leek and a generous helping of bacon – delicious.

How to make a potato and leek soup

How to make Potato and leek soup. Image copyright Ireland Calling

There are plenty of tasty and filling Irish meals to cook for a main course. One of the most popular is the Steak and Guinness pie.

It’s a hearty meal and can be served with veg, mash or chips and topped with plenty of gravy. This video from top chef Jamie Oliver shows how to make a great Steak and Guinness pie.

How to make a steak and Guinness pie. Image copyright Ireland Calling

As for dessert, again there are a number of delicious options available. The tastiest and most popular has to be the Bailey’s Irish cream cheesecake.

It’s a dessert that has everything, sweet cheese, chocolate/caramel and of course Bailey’s.

How to make a Bailey’s Irish cream cheesecake.

Bailey's Irish cream cheesecake. Image copyright Ireland Calling