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Life Lessons: Go Green for St. Patrick's Day

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 15 2013 05:03:02 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 15 2013 08:48:45 AM CDT

Life lessons going green for St Pat's Day

This weekend is St. Patrick's Day and most of us have a traditional way to celebrate. But some folks break with tradition to do something totally different.

When you think of St. Patrick's Day, usually a meal including corned beef comes to mind. But these days, chefs aren't happy to rely on tradition.

Many have interesting new takes on the old favorites. Seems St. Patrick's Day means something different to just about everyone.

Chef Angelina Aldrich has you covered with a modern take on an old classic.

"Since it's Saint Patrick's Day I thought something Irish would be fun, but I can't do anything just straight laced or traditional. I have to have a kick to it, " she says.

Angelina's going to show you how to take corned beef hash to a whole new level with Chorizo Verde Hash with Chimichurri Sauce and a Sherry Gastrique.

Angelina says, "It's perfect for Saint Patrick's day. It's basically just garlic, citrus,  lemon, lime, and herbs."

First the chimichurri:

Chop everything up very fine, mix, and add some extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Angelina says you need to taste everything. "That's kind of the trick with this whole cooking thing."

Next up, verde sauce. Angelina says, "This is really simple sauce.You just roast some peppers, whatever you've got on hand. You just blister it on the grill and then peel that skin off and puree it with some cilantro or whatever green herbs you have on hand."

Next, take the verde sauce and mix it into some ground pork. "And you can see it turns the sausage green," says Angela.

Brown the sausage. Add shallots, rutabaga, potato, and kale. Saute until potatoes are brown, cook an egg, and you're ready to go.

"So we'll finish it with chimi sauce, and then a little Gastrique, which is just a vinegar and sugar sauce. It sounds complicated. It's really not."

Garnish and there you have it - a feast that lets us all feel a little Irish.

Something you may not know about St. Patrick's Day:  Even though we get pinched for not wearing green, the original color associated the St. Patrick was blue.

RECIPE: Chorizo Verde Hash with Chimichurri Sauce and a Sherry Gastrique