People across the world have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day for over 1,000 years. The holiday started as a celebration to St. Patrick’s life, but now people enjoy the day with parades, green attire, and traditional Irish meals. If you’d like to make your St. Patty’s Day celebrations a little more delicious this year, try out one of these four recipes!
1. Corned Beef and Cabbage
Irish celebrants around the world enjoy this traditional feast. Although people make it several different ways, this is the recipe my family uses. You can also pair it with It is often Irish Soda Bread (next recipe) and cook it in a crockpot.
- 1 Corned Beef Brisket 3-4 lb.
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- two bay leaves
- 2 ½- 3 cups water
- 2 lbs of potatoes peeled and quartered
- two large carrots
- 1 small head of cabbage
Chop the onion into large pieces and place at the bottom of the crockpot. Cover with corned beef and the included seasoning packet. Add enough water to cover the meat, then toss in the garlic and bay leaves. Cook on low 8-10 hours.
After 3 hours, add potatoes and carrots to the crock pot. Two hours before serving, add cabbage to the crock pot. When done, remove corned beef from the crock pot and let sit for 15 minutes. Carve and serve with potatoes, carrots and cabbage.
2. Traditional Irish Soda Bread
This bread tastes slightly sour, but the raisins add some sweetness (my family prefers golden raisins). Serve with the corned beef or heat some slices up with butter alongside your morning coffee.No matter when you plan to eat it, this recipe never fails.
- 1 and 3/4 cups (420ml) buttermilk*
- 1 large egg (optional, see note)
- 4 and 1/4 cups (515g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for your hands and counter
- 3 Tablespoons (38g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 Tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed*
- optional: 1 cup (150g) raisins
Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). There are options for the baking pan. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, use a seasoned 10-12 inch cast iron skillet, or grease a 9-10 inch cake pan or pie dish. Set aside.
Whisk the buttermilk and egg together. Set aside. Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers. Work the dough until into coarse crumbs, then stir in the raisins. Pour in the buttermilk/egg mixture. Gently fold the dough together until the dough is too stiff to stir. Pour crumbly dough onto a lightly floured work surface. With floured hands, work the dough into a ball as best you can, then knead for about 30 seconds or until all the flour is moistened. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
Transfer the dough to the prepared skillet/pan. Using a very sharp knife, score an X into the top. Bake until the bread is golden brown and the center appears cooked through, about 45 minutes. Loosely cover the bread with aluminum foil if you notice heavy browning on top. I usually place foil on top halfway through bake time.
Remove from the oven and allow bread to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm, at room temperature, or toasted with desired toppings/spreads.
Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
3. Irish Coffee
The whole family can enjoy this beverage as a fun way to start or end the St. Patty’s Day Celebrations.
- 1 ¾ cups of heavy cream
- 2 tbsp chocolate syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
Mix all of the ingredients together and stir. If you don’t plan to drink it right away, store the combined ingredients in the refrigerator.
When ready to use, add to your coffee and top with whipped cream and drizzle with homemade chocolate syrup.
To make this drink alcoholic, you can add some Bailey’s Irish Cream, Irish whiskey or Kahlua.
4. Shepherd’s Pie
We end our Irish recipes with one that warms you from the inside out. Super easy, tasty and can be frozen and saved for future meals!
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ¾ cup yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 rib celery, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. ground beef, I used 85% lean
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 cup brown gravy
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
Prepare the potatoes as you like. Next, preheat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and celery. Saute for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Increase heat to high. Add the ground beef. Cook and crumble until cooked through. Drain all excess grease. Reduce heat to medium-high. Sprinkle in the flour and toss to coat.
Add the Tomato Paste and thyme. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the Chicken broth. Use a silicone spatula to scrape up any brown bits from the pan since this adds flavor to the filling. Add one half of the brown gravy. Stir in the vegetables until heated through. Season with salt/pepper and add more gravy if desired. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Remove from heat.
Transfer to a lightly greased 9-inch pie pan or 7 x 11 casserole dish. Carefully spread warm mashed potatoes on top. Use a fork to “rake” lines into the mashed potatoes.
Set the oven rack about 5 inches away from the broiler. Set to a high broil, 550 degrees.
Broil for about 5 minutes, watch it after 2 minutes, it will go from perfectly browned to burned quickly. Remove from heat and serve.
Enjoy these recipes while sporting your best green outfit. St. Patrick’s Day recipes are a fun way to celebrate, explore different culinary items, and challenge yourself in the kitchen. Best of luck… Luck of the Irish, of course!