Traditional St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Traditional Irish stew

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St. Patrick's Day, the celebration of the Irish patron saint, is found worldwide, not least its home in Ireland, the Uk, across the United States and elsewhere around the world where the Irish has settled. The day is one of the most recognized of all the saint days filled with parades, parties and much food and drink.

As the celebrations are the whole day, the menu can take you from a hearty Irish breakfast right the way through the day and is jam-packed with all the wonderful traditional foods of the Emerald Isle.

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    Begin With a Full Irish Breakfast

    Irish Breakfast

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    St. Patrick's Day can be—and usually is—a long day filled with celebrations. So, will start with a good, hearty breakfast to prepare you for the event or at least until lunchtime. In Ireland, as in the UK, it is now possible to find a full breakfast served all day long if you choose to eat it away from home.

    To be an authentic "full Irish," your breakfast should include Irish bacon and sausages, beans and eggs. Importantly, what separates an Irish from a full English breakfast is the former will have black or white pudding - also known as Drisheen - and sometimes both.

    If you like bread, then an Irish breakfast comes with plenty of choices with Fadge, a delicious Irish potato bread, Boxty griddle cakes, or Irish wheaten soda bread, and for an extra special Paddys Day treat there's super ,simple Guinness Soda Bread also to enjoy.

    And to drink? At breakfast, it has to be the famous, strong Irish tea.

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    Move on To the Main Courses

    Shepherd's Pie

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    St. Patrick's is the day for traditional Irish foods packed with hale and hearty fare to fill stomachs and keep energy levels up. No list of main course recipes would be complete without these dishes. In the United States, it is traditional to eat corned beef and cabbage, but there are many other superb Irish dishes from which to choose.

    Give Dublin Coddle a try; the dish consists of layers of bacon, pork sausage, and potatoes. Next, make an Irish stew, the renowned comforting bowl of lamb, potatoes, onions, leeks, and carrots known and loved worldwide, not just in Ireland.

    It hardly comes as a surprise that a pint of Guinness is traditional on St. Patrick's Day, but did you know you can also cook with it

    Beef and Guinness pie combines a delicious Irish beef stew with the country's signature beer, then baked under a flaky pastry crust. Try a Beef and Guinness Stew or if the weather allows and the grill is calling, a Guinness marinade may come in handy.

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    Serve Some Side Dishes and Snacks

    Traditional Irish Colcannon

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    All those fabulous main courses need a side dish or two, and Ireland has some fantastic ones featuring the country's main crop: potatoes. You can keep it simple and serve perfect mashed potatoes, or add a bit of Irish flair with champ, which takes mashed potatoes to the next level with green onions. Or up the flavor volume with colcannon, which combines leftover mashed potatoes with fresh kale and sauteed onions and sometimes cabbage.

    Fancy a snack? You can't beat a rarebit (cheese on toast) for a quick, yet filling one. Irish Guinness rarebit is comforting and rich, combining the country's dark ale with Cheddar cheese, mustard, egg yolk, and Worcestershire sauce. The delicious mixture is spread onto thick pieces of bread and then broiled until bubbling.

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    Cap off the Meal With Cakes and Puddings

    Bread and Butter Pudding

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    If there is any room left, then make some as to miss out on the delicious array of Irish, sweet treats on St Patrick's Day would be a shame.

    The most famous and loved is Barmbrack, an Irish fruit cake. The name comes from breac, which means speckled, referring to the fruit in the loaf, and Irish drop scones; both are great with a cup of tea.

    Guinness may play a large part in savory dishes, but it can also work well in sweet. A Guinness Black and White chocolate mousse is a great example, and the dark, bitter beer is surprisingly good alongside chocolate and is so good, try it in chocolate brownies.

    Creamy Baileys Irish Cream sneaks into Irish cakes and puddings, as in a Baileys Irish Cream cupcake. A piece of supersweet Bailey's Irish Cream fudge is one for the grown-ups, as is a sumptuous Irish Cream Chocolate cheesecake that also happens to be gluten-free. Unlike a rather tasty Irish Bread and Butter pudding; a great way to use up any leftover bread.

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    Don't Forget the Drinks

    Pints of Guiness beer

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    There can be no mention of Ireland, or Irish food and drink, without a "pint of the Black Stuff" and Irish beer making an appearance. Guinness is considered Ireland's national drink and is known around the world.

    But there is more to Ireland than beer. An excellent drink for St. Patrick's is Mead, the sweet, delicious honey wine made and enjoyed by Celtic nations for centuries. And, of course, there's also Irish Whiskey. Or try your hand at creating special St. Patrick's Day cocktails. They're bound to put you in the mood for a festive celebration!