WHAT better way to pay tribute to Ireland's patron saint than with a delicious bowl of St Patrick's Day soup topped with a crunchy shamrock-shaped cheese crouton.
Try this at home on March 17...
2 medium white onion, chopped
600g potatoes, peeled and chopped
Salt and pepper
800ml vegetable or chicken stock
240g sorrel leaves, shredded
2 slices thick wholemeal bread
Olive oil or melted butter to brush on
100g grated Irish cheese
Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the onion and potato and cook gently, covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add salt, pepper and stock and bring to the boil.
Simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Add the sorrel leaves and cook for 5 minutes more.
Liquidise the soup until smooth.
To make the Cheese croutons
Cut shapes from the bread and brush lightly with olive oil or butter. Grill on one side then turn over and sprinkle with the grated cheese and grill until cheese is melted.
Place on top of the hot soup.
Recipe courtesy of Bord Bia