March 12, 2015

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Union Way!

Found-the-GoldEven if you’re not Irish, it’s always fun to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by sporting some green, looking for lucky shamrocks, or just eating some great Irish food!

Union Plus gathered some great Irish recipes that you can make with UFCW-made ingredients! Scroll down to see a few!  The AFL-CIO has also compiled a great list of UFCW made whiskies you can toast with:



Basil Hayden’s


Elijah Craig

Henry McKenna

Jim Beam

Knob Creek

Old Crow

Old Grand-Dad


Is beer more your thing? UFCW and our other union brothers and sisters from IAM, UAW, and the Teamsters make plenty:



Budweiser American Ale

Bud Light


Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve and Blue Board Pale Ale



Miller Genuine Draft

Miller High Life

Miller Lite


Rolling Rock

Shock Top



Irish Eyes Cocktail Recipe via About.comIrish Eyes Cocktail


  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce green crème de menthe
  • 2 ounce cream
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


  • Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain into an old-fashioned glass.
  • Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

Make it union! Great whiskey’s like Jim Beam and Knob Creek are made possible by UFCW members.


Corned beef and Cabbage via AllRecipes.comMaking corned beef and cabbage? Use Saag's corned beef, and support the union members at UFCW!


  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (3 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet, cut in half
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Place all ingredients into slow cooker, vegetables first. Brisket and cabbage are added last. Cook for 8 to 9 hours (remove bay leaf)
  • Make it union! Use Saag’s corned beef, and support the union members at UFCW.

Make it union! Use Saag’s corned beef, and support the union members at UFCW.


Irish Stew via


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish stout beer (e.g. Guinness®)
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 white onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss beef cubes with flour to coat, then fry in the hot oil until browned.
  • Place the carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, meat, and vegetables in a large slow cooker. Place the meat on top of the vegetables.
  • Mix together the beef broth and tomato paste and pour into the slow cooker along with the beer.
  • Cook for 6-8 hours. During the last hour before serving,
  • To thicken the stew, dissolve cornstarch in cold water and stir into the broth.

Make it union! Beef made by Hormel and Always Tender is made by members of UFCW.


Shepherd’s Pie via KraftRecipes.comShepherd's Pie is an Irish classic recipe. To go union, use Tyson's ground beef, brought to you by UFCW members.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn and green beans), thawed
  • 1 cup beef gravy


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Brown meat in large skillet; drain.
  • Mix potatoes, cream cheese, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and garlic until well blended.
  • Combine meat, vegetables and gravy; spoon into 9-inch square baking dish.
  • Cover with potato mixture and remaining shredded cheese. Bake 20 min. or until heated through.

Make it union! Use Tyson’s ground beef, brought to you by UFCW members. KRAFT also employs members of UFCW, IBT, IAMAW, and BCTGM members.