St. Patrick's Day Recipe Ideas
Now, I know a lot of folks make all kinds of crazy dyed food on St. Paddy's Day, but I'm not big on green colored foods - unless they were intended that way by nature of course - and I'm not much crazy about green beer either, though I suppose I drank my share of them on St. Patrick's Day at places like Mary Mahoney's and the Fiesta... back in the day.
Well, the Fiesta nightclub is long gone, and while Mahoney's restaurant is alive and well, they sadly do not have the big SPD party anymore, though downtown Biloxi has revived it and every year the Hibernia Marching Society has a parade. But, as far as food goes for St. Patrick's Day in the United States, one thing is certain. You're not likely to see a whole bunch of what folks in Ireland would consider to be "authentic" Irish foods, but... since it's an American celebration for St. Patrick's Day, that is okay!
Any number of dishes that are green in color, are shaped like a shamrock, include Guinness beer or sauerkraut, or are made of cabbage or potatoes, will work for your menu. I have a few other recipes I like to share especially for St. Patrick's Day - like Irish Soda Bread, Colcannon and Irish Champ Potatoes, Potato Soup and Irish Stew, made with lamb shanks - just in case you'd like to try them - and those are actually pretty authentic Irish foods
Although there is always an argument every year that corned beef isn't a "traditional" Irish meal, it was certainly made popular with hard-working Irish immigrants arriving in this country with limited means and to low paying job, because corned beef was cheap and affordable back then. Since cabbage with bacon is certainly a popular dish in Ireland even today, and since corned beef isn't a far stretch from bacon, I think it's safe to say that corned beef is fitting for an American celebration of St. Patrick's Day. I've included my corned beef cabbage hash and my shortcut corned beef and cabbage for these very reasons.
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Creamy Potato Soup
A basic Irish soda bread with the addition of a bacon topping.
A nicely seasoned, creamy potato soup, garnished with parsley, cheese and bacon. For more potato soup options, like Grandma's Chunky Homemade Soup, Loaded Baked Potato Soup and Creamy Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon, click right here.
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Corned Beef & Cabbage Hash
Cabbage, caramelized onion, corned beef and pan fried potatoes make a delicious hash.
Mashed potatoes whipped with a green onion infused milk.
Southern Style Shortcut Corned Beef & Cabbage
My favorite way to do corned beef and cabbage is a shortcut, using canned corned beef and my basic fried cabbage recipe.
Noodles and Cabbage
Noodles and cabbage aren't traditional Irish fare, as far as I know, but I do think this is a fitting side dish for any St. Paddy celebration, so I've included it in our American line-up.
A hearty stew made with lamb shanks and vegetables, perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
And for dessert, I have heard that apples are a good choice for an Irish dessert so how about an Apple Upside Down Cornmeal Cake? If that doesn't seem to suit you I've got a few more apple recipes right here that might appeal to you more.
Or ... maybe a key lime pie? Why not? Limes are green, right?
Is it a salad? Or is it dessert? I fall more in the dessert camp because it's like a fruit salad and it's sweet. But hey... it's green!
While I prefer to forgo that cheap green beer these days, I could probably go for one of these instead!
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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