St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas for a Festive Irish Feast

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St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas for a Festive Irish Feast

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with lots of green drinks and some delicious food! Any green food is good to go for any St. Patty's party, but traditional Irish dishes or inspired Irish foods are more delicious for an ultimate Irish feast. Irish traditional dishes feature Irish apple cake or soda bread and the inspired by Irish favorites are cabbage, corned beef and plenty of potatoes.

If you want a more authentic and satisfying meal this St. Patrick's day, these indulgent and rich dishes surely taste delicious whether you celebrate with the entire family and friends or just an intimate dinner.

 

Soda Bread

This traditional Irish bread is rich and tender. It's best paired with corned beef and cabbage and any St. Patty's dishes. Here’s a recipe from The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen.

Total prep and cook time: 1 hour and minutes

Yields: 1

Here's what you need:

  • 4 cup all-purpose flour and more for surface
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cold butter
  • 2 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk

Here's how to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Grease a large cookie sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor-fashion. Mix in caraway seeds and currants, and add buttermilk until flour is evenly soaked.
  4. On a well-floured surface or table, knead the dough 8 to 10 times just until combined. Form into a flattened ball, then put on a cookie sheet. And cut a 1/4-inch-deep "X" into the top of the flattened ball. 
  5. Bake the loaf for 1 hour or until cooked (toothpick inserted in the center and comes out clean). Let it cool completely on the wire rack.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

When you think of St. Patrick's Day, this traditional Irish dish comes first on the mind. This elegant dish is very satisfying and you could serve this for any dinner party and if there are any leftovers, you can turn them into a hash for a hearty breakfast. 

Total prep and cook time: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Yields: 8

Here's what you need:

  • 1 3-lb piece corned beef (with a spice packet, if included)
  • 1 12 oz. bottle pale ale
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1½ cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small head green cabbage or 1 3/4 lb, cut into 8 wedges
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish

Here's how to make it:

  1. In a large pot, put the corned beef. Add beer, bay leaves, garlic, onion, water, and spice packet (if included in corned beef) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer until tender and easily pierced with a fork for about 2½ to 3 hours. 
  2. Heat oven to 425°F 30 minutes before the beef is cooked. Heat a large cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat. Season cabbage with ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. In batches, add 1 tbsp. Olive oil and 4 pieces cabbage and cook until golden brown for 3 minutes per side; transfer to a baking sheet and repeat the process.
  3. Transfer beef to a foil-lined baking sheet. Transfer beef and cabbage to oven and roast until beef is brown and cabbage is tender for 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer beef to a cutting board, let it cool and thinly slice. Serve the corned beef with roasted cabbage and sprinkle with parsley to garnish.

Shepherd’s Pie

This hearty Irish dish is a bomb and comforting. Here's an easy Shepherd's Pie recipe from Lena Abraham:

Total prep and cook time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Yields: 6-8

Here's what you need:

For Potatoes

  • 1 1/2 lb. peeled potatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. sour cream

For beef mixture

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 c. frozen peas
  • 1 c. frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 peeled and chopped carrots
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Here's how to cook it:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. 
  2. To make the mashed potatoes: In a large pot, add potatoes and add water enough to cover them and add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until soft for 16 to 18 minutes. Drain and return the tomatoes into the pot.
  3. Mash potatoes with a potato masher until smooth. Add milk, melted butter, and sour cream. Mash them together until fully combined, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. To make the beef mixture: Place a large, ovenproof skillet over medium heat, add oil and heat. Add garlic, onion, carrots, and thyme and cook until softened for 5 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until cooked and tender for 5 minutes more. Drain fat.
  5. Stir in frozen corn and peas, cook until warmed through for 3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Sprinkle the meat with flour and stir to mix thoroughly. Cook for 1 minute more and add the chicken broth. Let it simmer and let the mixture thicken slightly for 5 minutes.
  7. Top beef mixture with an even layer of mashed potatoes and bake until there is very little liquid left and the mashed potatoes are golden for about 20 minutes. Broil if preferred.
  8. Before serving, garnish with parsley.

Parsnip and Potato Mash

This mashed potato dish is creamy with extra veggies. Here’s a recipe from The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen.

Total prep and cook time: 35 minutes

Yields: 8

Here's what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lb. yellow potatoes (about 3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces 
  • 1 1/2 lb. parsnips (about 3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 12 sprigs thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. In a large saucepan, put potatoes and parsnips, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt, reduce heat and simmer until just tender for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Remove 8 strips of lemon zest using a vegetable peeler, and put in a small saucepan. Add butter, garlic, milk, and thyme, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Drain the vegetables and return to the pot. Strain milk mixture and add into the pot with vegetables and mash to desired consistency. Squeeze in 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, season with 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and mix.

Irish Coffee Cake

This boozy moist coffee cake with glaze is the perfect dessert for your Irish feast. Here's the recipe by Donal Skehan.

Here's what you need:

For the cake:

  • 255 grams Butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 340 grams Caster sugar
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 240 ml Fresh milk
  • 120 ml Sour cream
  • 370 grams Plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. Coffee extract
  • 1 tbsp. Irish cream liqueur

For the icing:

  • 150 grams Icing sugar
  • 1–2 tbsp. Water
  • 2 tbsp. Coffee extract
  • 1 tbsp. Irish liqueur

You’ll also need:

22cm diameter 2 liter Bundt tin

Here's how to bake it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Grease the 22cm diameter, 2 liter Bundt tin and dust it lightly with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and pale. Add the eggs, one at a time, beat the eggs well after each addition until they are all combined. Mix in the milk and sour cream thoroughly, then sift in the flour and baking powder and fold thoroughly until the cake batter is smooth. Into the prepared tin, pour two-thirds of the cake batter.
  3. Mix the coffee essence and Irish cream into the remaining batter. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the batter in the tin and use a knife to marble the mixtures together. Bake for about 55 minutes until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let it cool slightly before you remove the cake from the tin. Allow it to cool completely.
  4. For the icing. In a large bowl, whisk together all the icing ingredients until smooth, and then drizzle it over the cooled cake. Serve in generous slices.

Add more fun and luck to your glass this St. Patty's Day. These St. Patrick's Day Magnetic Wine Charms are perfect decorations for your wine glass or pint.

The perfect Irish meal is on this list and they are just waiting to be cooked. Add your green beer and cocktails and you're ready to go. Try these St. Patrick's Day food ideas to add an extra dose of good luck to your Irish feast.

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