Are you Irish? If it’s March 17, chances are you’ll say “yes” even if you don’t trace your roots back to the Emerald Isle. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that all Americans love to celebrate with good food and drinks.
Of course, corned beef and cabbage is the traditional Irish-American St. Patrick’s Day dish (although it’s not as popular in Ireland itself). If you want to be traditional, check out our slow cooker corned beef and cabbage recipe that will allow you to put your meal together, crawl a pub or two, and come home to a dinner that’s all ready.
If you’d like to be a little less traditional but still have a touch of the Irish in your meal, try one of these St. Patrick’s Day recipes:
St. Patrick Day main dishes
Roasted Salmon with Cabbage and Bacon – Try this meal if you’re not a fan of corned beef and cabbage but still want cabbage — an Irish staple — on your table for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also much quicker to prepare, so if you’re pressed for time, it’s a good option. Mashed potatoes are a must as a side dish.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls – This is a take on the traditional dish. All the makings of corned beef and cabbage are rolled into egg roll wrappers, fried and served with a dip. This is a great way to turn the Irish-American staple into party finger food.
Stout-Glazed Ribs – Pork ribs are marinated in stout, onion, honey mustard and garlic for up to 24 hours. Then they’re grilled, using the marinade (that’s been boiled) as a grilling sauce.
St. Patrick’s Day side dishes
Boxty in the Pan – Boxty, or poor house bread, is a traditional Irish bread that takes on many forms. In this recipe, it’s baked as a loaf, then sliced and fried in butter on the griddle. It can be a side dish or a breakfast slathered with honey.
Irish Soda Bread – The recipe for this bread can be made two ways, with or without dairy. The bread is baked in a cast-iron skillet, and it’s a quick bread. You don’t need to knead it or to let it rise before baking.
Colcannon Potatoes – The Irish add shredded cabbage to their mashed potatoes. This version adds even more green with green onions and parsley. A little bacon gives them some added flavor.
St. Patrick’s Day desserts
Chocolate Guinness Goodness – Dark chocolate pudding is combined with Guinness and topped with Guinness-flavored whipped cream. If you’re a Guinness lover, this might just be the perfect dessert for you.
Irish Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce – There’s whiskey in both the bread pudding and the yummy sauce. It makes a large 13-by-9 inch pan of bread pudding, so this would be a good dessert for a crowd.
St. Patrick’s Day drinks
Homemade Shamrock Shake – People get incredibly excited when McDonald’s offers its Shamrock Shake each year around St. Patrick’s Day. This homemade version is certainly made with better ingredients, and if you use a natural food coloring, something you’ll feel good serving grown-ups and kids alike.
Irish Jack Rose – Irish whiskey, Calvados, fresh lime juice and Grenadine get shaken together and served in a martini glass.