Irish Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just an excuse to drink green beer. It’s also an excellent opportunity to revel in the fine tastes of Irish cuisine. The good news is that there are a ton of great dishes to choose from, and the bad news is that you’ll have a hard time deciding what to cook! To help you out, here are some recipes to get you in the spirit of the Irish.

Full Irish Breakfast

To wake up like a true Irishman or Irishwoman, start your day off right with this large, traditional breakfast. An Irish breakfast consists of (deep breath) bacon, sausage, black or white pudding, baked beans, eggs, veggies, and potatoes. To go along with your meal, have a cup of black Assam tea. This large meal will surely keep you going until lunchtime. No judgment if you decide to skip the black sausage.

Colcannon

If you’re still full from breakfast, try this colcannon recipe for a lighter lunch. Colcannon is similar to mashed potatoes, being a creamy dish consisting of potatoes, cabbage, and other vegetables. It’s typically eaten along with ham or bacon, but if you’re looking for a smaller lunch, you might want to give those a miss.

Soda Bread

For a snack to keep your energy up during the time, look no further than this basic soda bread recipe. A classic staple of the Irish home, soda bread is bread that’s baked without yeast but rather – you guessed it – soda. There are variations on this recipe that include caraway seeds and raisins, so you’ll want to consider your tastes before baking.

Irish Stew

Irish-StewStews and soups are popular Irish lunch and dinnertime foods, and while they often include meat and potatoes, there’s a lot of room to play around with to match your taste. The traditional meat used in Irish stew is mutton or lamb, but beef is a popular option as well. Include onion, thyme, barley, and bay leaves to add to the flavor. This irish stew recipe calls for tender lamb and carrots, ladled into a shallow bowl.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

A staple Irish dinner, corned beef and cabbage is a simple and hearty way to end your day. Corned beef and cabbage is traditionally boiled, but if you don’t mind losing out on tradition in exchange for more flavor, bake the dish using this recipe instead.

Chocolate Stout Cake

For desserts, this chocolate stout cake recipe will surely please. An addition of a couple of cups of stout, considered by many to be a dessert beer, will add a slightly unusual twist.  Did someone say Guinness? For extra wow factor, serve with the beer you used to make your cake.

Of course, there are plenty more dishes to choose from, but these foods will give you an educated peek into Irish cuisine. You might want some drinks to go along with all this Irish food, so consider picking up some Guinness or Murphy’s stouts, or for those with lighter pallets, Kilkenny cream ale or Smithwick’s ale. And if you’re feeling a little more up for it, a bottle of Jameson’s Irish whiskey should do just fine!

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