They say everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.
This is undoubtedly because whether you hail from the Emerald Isle or not, there’s a lot to love about March 17. Spring is in the air, NCAA basketball is ON the air, and you can to drink and eat a lot. This year it even falls on Sunday! Talk about a win-win-win!
So what to serve at your big St. Patrick’s Day party (or just your dinner with the family)? There are many traditional Irish and Irish-American dishes you can whip up in no time to make the holiday feel a little extra special.
If the kids want a Shamrock Shake at McDonald’s, fair enough. But here are some delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes you can pull together at home for all to enjoy …
Irish stew: A comforting single-bowl meal that typically features lamb, carrots and potatoes. Some like to add herbs into the mix as well.
Shepherd’s pie. Probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of St. Patty’s recipes. Dark beer is the secret to the flavorful, rich base. Mashed potatoes, cheese and chopped parsley complete the feast.
Veggie shepherd’s pie. For the non-carnivores, you can eschew the meat and opt for turnips, carrots and celery as an alternative.
Colcannon. This traditional Irish side dish is usually comprised of cabbage and mashed potatoes and goes great alongside ham, corned beef or lamb. Really you can’t lose.
Slow cooker corned beef. Here’s one that’s a little unorthodox. Treat your brisket with a flavor-packed brine before slow-cooking it for hours in a crock pot to guarantee it will be perfectly tender. Most people enjoy slow cooker corned beef and cabbage, plus root vegetables to complete this St. Patrick’s Day plate.
Corned beef and cabbage soup. For the next day, or as the first option. Either way, the brining is the key. Some leave the beef in it for up to 10 days!
Smoked salmon and watercress salad. About time we gave fish some love. A little watercress and perhaps some pumpernickel bread make for a new twist on the classic smoked salmon.
Soda bread. Orange zest and currants made this Irish creation a perfect appetizer or accompaniment with some of the meals above.
Guinness cupcakes. You need some dessert, right? Dublin’s finest beer is a great ingredient for an Irish spin on rich, tender, chocolate cupcakes. You can even spread on cream cheese frosting as “foam”!
Guinness. Hey, if there’s any beer that can serve as a meal …