In the month of March we celebrate two important holidays, National Oreo Day and St. Patricks Day. I’m sure you weren’t expecting me to talk about oreos, but more about the fourth most popular drinking holiday in the United States (besides Cinco de Mayo, I can’t picture a larger drinking holiday than March 17th). Both are very important in their own respect, but seriously who doesn’t love a oreo cookie? Did you know March sixth is national Oreo day? To many on social media it was something to celebrate. I mix these two holidays to create a pie that is pretty much the bomb.
Besides America’s favorite sandwich cookie, we will also be discussing one of the most famous drinks; it is consumed in excess on a day where we are all Irish for the day. Who doesn’t love the feeling of dropping the shot of bailey’s and Irish whiskey into the pint of Guinness? Then rushing to consume it before it curdles? There are actually a lot of people that would be against this, mainly those that reside in the U.K.
During the Northern Ireland “Troubles” nearly 10,000 bombs went off between 1969-2001. The attacks were initiated by the Real IRA and its affiliates in Northern Ireland and parts of Great Britain. Hundreds lost their lives and thousands were injured. It’s understandable how members of the U.K. Would be offended by the name of a beverage that shares the name of something that terrorized then for decades.
Even the companies that produce Guinness, Jameson, and Bailey’s destain the name that was given to the concoction. Though since it’s creation and popularity, those companies have profited significantly. Some are unsure if today this is still the reason for the conflicts over the beverage. Some say it’s because no self respecting Irish person would ever ruin a perfect pint of Guinness by mixing or dropping something in it.
Well whatever the reason is, don’t try ordering a car bomb in the U.K. Enjoy the drink in the U.S. and responsibly of course.
The Irish Car Bomb started off as a harmless drink combination, it was meant to celebrate the Irish families in America. A man by the name of Charles Oat, a Connecticut Bartender, created the drink by mistake.
In 1976 Baileys Irish Cream first made its appearance in America. As soon as it touched down into the states, bartenders where using it in everything they possibly could. Oat’s was enjoying a counter productive drink of bailey’s and kalhúa (both similar and low in alcohol). He asked the bartender for some Irish whisky and poured it in the shot, it boiled up. He named the impromptu concoction an IRA, and enjoyed it with a Guinness on the side.
It wasn’t until a couple of years later that they decided to try dropping the shots into the pint of Guinness, and saying “bombs away” was when the Irish Car Bomb was born.
Since then the Irish Car Bomb has become a staple on drink menus across America. Its consumed year round, but much more on St. Patrick’s Day. 56.1% of Americans are expected to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year. some how only 13 million pints of Guinness are expected to be consumed globally, that just seems like too small of a number to me.
For this week’s recipe I wanted to provide a new dessert that can be shared on St. Patrick’s day. This recipe provides the best of these two food and drink holidays. Nothing in the recipe is overly complicated to make, and is so simple to assemble (unless you had a few car bombs while cooking). I hope you all enjoy this as much as we do and make sure to drink responsibility. Tune in next week for some more St. Patrick’s Day recipes. Remember to always #stayhungry
These items can be made in advance:
Oreo Cookie Crust
Separate the cookie from the cream, reserving the cream in a bowl and the cookies in a zip lock bag.
Using a rolling pin or a bottle of alcohol, crush the cookies into very small pieces.
In the microwave, melt one stick of butter. Mix together cookie crumbs and butter by hand.
Spray a pie tin with Pam. Starting from the middle, add some the cookie crust and push down to level it. Continue the process until the entire pie tin is covered.
Place in the fridge until needed
Guinness Chocolate Sauce
Mix all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat
Constantly mix until the chocolate is fully melted and the sauce thickens.
Take the crust out of the fridge, pour half of the sauce in the middle of the pie. Return the crust to the fridge, and the chocolate sauce into a container.
Jameson Whiskey Caramel Sauce
In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, combine the sugar with 2 tablespoons of cold water and stir to combine. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar has turned a deep amber hue, approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, warm the cream in a small saucepan. When the caramel is ready, slowly whisk in the warm cream and continue simmering the mixture until it is smooth, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, then whisk in the butter and Jameson, to taste. Serve warm, or refrigerate and reheat.
Bailey Whipped Cream
In a chilled mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients. Mix on low setting for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium for another minute, and then to high. Mix until peaks start to form. If whisking by hand just go as fast as you want without making a mess (it’s a great forearm workout).
To assemble the Oreo Car Bomb Pie
You have already done the crust and the first layer of chocolate. Now let’s start assembling the rest of the pie. Reheat the caramel and the chocolate sauce either in a sauce pan over low heat or in the microwave. Have your mise en place ready.
Spread a layer of whipped cream. Sprinkle some of the oreo crumble, drizzle some of the chocolate sauce and the caramel and repeat.
Top with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a few whole oreo cookies.
We decided to have a little fun with the plating and photography