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Spud Sunday: The Food Parade Rides Again

Good gracious, is that the time of year?

I can hardly believe that March beckons already, and while we’ve been busy spring-cleaning our parliament and choosing new political colour schemes, one thing remains certain: Paddy’s Day is a-coming and it’s green all the way. If you happened to be around these parts this time last year, you might remember what that meant: a great big ol’ celebration of Irish food.

So, if you’re food blogging something with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, why not join me for another Paddy’s Day Food Parade this year (and if you’re participating in the Irish Cookalongs traditional Irish cookalong on March 4th, why not send along your best Irish wares for display in the parade too).

Paddys Day Food Parade

To join in, send an email to paddysday [at] thedailyspud [dot] com including:
– Your name
– Your blog name
– A link to your blog post
– A title for your dish or drink
– A picture of same (preferably 500 pixels wide, 72 dpi)
– Anything else you’d like to tell me about it
– Include a link back to this post and use the logo above if you like

I’ll accept submissions up until midday (GMT) on March 16th and post the roundup on March 17th. Any food or drink that you feel even vaguely appropriate to the Irish national holiday is welcome – have a look at last year’s extravaganza and you’ll get the idea.

To kick things off, allow me to present (if a bit tongue-in-cheekily) that cousin to the chip butty, the venerable Irish crisp sandwich.

Crisp sandwich

The crisp sandwich: a thing of sturdiness and beauty

The Classic Irish Crisp Sandwich

You’ll need:

  • Crusty white bread, sliced as thickly as you dare. Traditional batch bread is a classic choice and a doorstep is my preferred unit of thickness.
  • Irish butter, slathers thereof.
  • Bag of crisps (Tayto cheese ‘n’ onion being my own personal preference). Note that this may also be referred to as a packet of crisps or, in some areas, a package of crisps or even a package of crips.

You’ll also need:

The Steps:

  • Hardly needs instructions, does it? Slather bread with butter, insert crisps between 2 thusly buttered slices, squish together and eat. Wash down with a mug or ten of tea.

The Variations:

  • Slices of ham are a much favoured addition to this all time classic, and a variant on what is, itself, another Irish favourite, the ham sandwich.

The Results:

  • Crisp sambo for one (or more, in the unlikely event that you’ll want to share).

28 Comments

  1. Love, Love, Love the Crisp Sambo. ‘Hail Glorious Saint Patrick’ agus ‘Go mbeiremuid beo ar an am seo aris!’

  2. Daily Spud

    Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I love, love, love it myself Ange (but, there again, you already knew that!)

  3. i’d murder a crisp sambo right now!

  4. Daily Spud

    Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I’m with ya on that one, Yvonne!

  5. That sandwich is a true thing of beauty! Sounds like a fun event, thanks for the info!

  6. Daily Spud

    Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    You’re welcome, Faith – would love to have you join in!

  7. I had already thought about it and will work on my entry.

    Did you know from my perspective that photo of the crisp sandwich…looks like a smiling mouth full!

  8. Daily Spud

    Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I love it E – “smiling mouth full” – feels like a poem coming on!

  9. I’ll not be able to do justice to any entry but I look forward to seeing the genius that is out there. I’d never thought of a crisp sandwich, but that just cuts to the chase.

  10. Daily Spud

    Monday, February 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Happy to have brought the crisp sandwich to your attention, OysterCulture :)

  11. I love crisp sandwiches – I always add cream cheese to mine! Yay! I’m glad your doing the Food Parade again. Will try to get you an entry.

  12. Is there something Irish I can do with bangers? I just pick up a pack at the market. Had never seen them in the US before…. GREG

  13. Daily Spud

    Monday, February 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Reeni: Cream cheese sounds like a great addition! And it goes without saying that I’d love to have a parade entry from you :)

    sippitysup: Well, we’re very fond of bangers and mash in this country (and I am assuming that by bangers you mean pork sausages, though, really, anything with mash is good :) )

  14. Such a yummy sandwich with crisps inside, love it! I definitely need to think up a dish for St. Patrick’s day, it’s coming up so soon, wow!

  15. Oh goody goody goody, I’ve had something sweet and green up my sleeve and been hoping you’d be doing this again. :-D

  16. Daily Spud

    Monday, February 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    5 Star Foodie: hope you can join in again this year Natasha – I, for one, would be very excited to see what you come up with

    Sarah: Now that’s the kind of comment I like to see! :)

  17. Got the email and I am excited for this year’s round up! I had to miss out last year, but I’m already planning some St. Paddy dishes for this year!

  18. I want a tayto sandwich now. And it tis but early. Might have to be done.

    Ill email you in something post cookalong!

  19. Daily Spud

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Lori: excellent stuff, looking forward to seeing what you have planned

    Sarah: Good woman yourself (and I won’t tell anyone if you break the pre-noon tayto sandwich watershed :D)

  20. How the time flies, I would love to join the parade this year!! great sandwich, perfect for lunch!!

    sweetlife

  21. I think I just may have to come up with something for this! I can’t wait to see the “parade”!

  22. Hmmm, I just might have to join in! :)

  23. Daily Spud

    Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    sweetlife: really hoping you can join in again this year, would love to have you

    Mindy: hey there, hope we’ll be seeing you grace the parade :)

    Jenn: oh do, pretty please!

  24. I can’t believe it’s been a year! Time really flies!I would love to join the parade, so I have to think of something for it.
    That crisp sandwich looks so appealing and I agree Chef E on smiling mouth thing.

  25. Daily Spud

    Monday, March 7, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I can’t believe it’s been a year either, Zerrin! I do hope you’ll be able to join in, would love to have you participate.

  26. I came to read the rules for St. Paddy’s Day and stayed for that Sammich. Dang, but I love chips/crisps on my sammiches. My fave growing up was “BoneyCheeseMayonnaiseBread&Chips.” That’s how we ordered it: balogna and American cheese on white bread with mayonnaise and a whole mess o’chips. The best part was the “smash” to make sure none of the chips fell out and that we could fit that sammich in our mouths! =D

  27. Daily Spud

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I’d have to agree that the best part of a crisp sambo is the ‘smash’, Jenni – don’t want to miss out on any of those crunchy bits!

  28. Thats a fine sambo,if you want to go all posh about it,use dairygold butter on the bottom slice and two easy singles on top,makes a beast of a crisp sambo,oh get rid of the tayto and but a pack of blue king crisps = savage.

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