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Saint Patrick's Day Food

Updated on December 7, 2012

Ireland's Cooking & Culture

When studying a holiday or culture, food and cooking are key ingredients for learning! Cooking involves all the senses ~ touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste. What a great way to involve children at Saint Patrick's Day! You will find a collection of recipes for families here along with some links and videos to get your creative juices going. More pages of this month-long unit study about Saint Patrick's Day are also included. Enjoy these projects with your children and students. :D

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Foods of Ireland

Nutrition & Cooking

Learning about a culture's history and reading stories about the country make cooking and eating even more fun! Read several pages about Food in Early Ireland along with other Ireland information at DoChara ~ Your Irish Friend.

Little Shamrocks Website contains several yummy looking recipes for entrees, casseroles, side sides, appetizers, soups & stews, bread & scones, pies, cookies, candies, etc.

Holiday Zone has Irish Recipes for Potato and Leek Soup, Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef, Colcannon, and Apple Scones.

Recipes Wiki has a delightful section on Irish Cuisine where you will find sections on Irish Appetizers, Beverages, Soups, Salads, Vegetarian, Meat Dishes, Snacks,and Desserts.

A Taste of St. Patrick's Day

Ulster Fry
Ulster Fry

Breakfast in Ireland

Enjoy a traditional Irish Breakfast of bacon and sausage, fried eggs, and puddings, or an Ulster Fry from Northern Ireland made of fried bread and eggs, sausage and bacon, and sauteed mushrooms.

How about starting the day with a Blarney Tart? This one looks rather like a quiche with eggs, onion, and cheese!

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Main Dishes

Irish Stew ~ I'm the type of cook who likes to experiment with my dishes, making each one unique and different than the last time. My poor family never quite knows what I will add or subtract! But, for sharing a recipe I will give you the basic ingredients and a few options for you to choose. The children have enjoyed helping by preparing veggies and measuring spices. :) Original Irish stew contained ingredients that were common such as potatoes, onions, and lamb. Many people choose to use beef today, but lamb was the meat that Irish farmers had more of on their farms. Sheep were raised not only for their meat, but also for their wool for clothing and blankets, and milk for drinking or making cheese and butter.

Basic Ingredients: 4 carrots, 2 onions, 8 potatoes, 1 pound lamb or beef, salt & pepper, 4 cups stock or water, 1 tablespoon parsley

Optional Ingredients: mushrooms, shredded cabbage, peas, leeks, chives, peppercorns, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves

We love to put all the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and let it's smell fill the house all day! (Yum!) The traditional way is to place everything in a large pot, boil the water then turn down to simmer for about an hour and a half or until meat and potatoes are tender. Tastes great with a warm loaf of bread. (See below for a few recipe ideas.)

I had always heard of Corned Beef and Cabbage as being an Irish dish. While most websites that I researched agreed, a few stated that it was not traditionally served in Ireland. Either way, this recipe for Corned Beef with Vegetables looks yummy! Or, if you prefer watching a video to learn to cook, try this recipe!

This filling Grilled Corned Beef and Fontina Sandwiches along with some cole slaw will fill your tummies!

Saint Patrick's Day Appetizers

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What are Irish potatoes? - Betcha didn't know that "Irish potatoes" are really a plant native to South America. Somehow, they became known as "Irish" because of the Irish potato famine outbreak. Many people refer to them as white potatoes as they are one of the most numerous varieties of potatoes in the world. Recipe Search has numerous delicious sounding recipes for Irish Potato Sweets and Casseroles!!

Fantasy-Ireland has recipes for many traditional recipes for Irish Potatoes.

Champ ~ Irish Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients: 4 pounds of potatoes, 1 cup onions, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup butter

Directions: Boil the potatoes until soft, drain out the water, and mash the potatoes to your preferred consistency. Mix in the onions (chopped), milk, 1/4 cup butter, and salt & pepper to taste. Serve by creating a well in the center of the potato pile and filling with the remaining butter.

Boxty ~ Irish Potato Cakes

Ingredients: 1 cup mashed potatoes, 1 cup grated raw potatoes, 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons each of salt and baking powder, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup milk

Directions: Mix all ingredients thoroughly until all dry ingredients are wet and sticking together. Shape balls into patties. Brown lightly in a frying pan on both sides.

Potato Soup

Irish Potato Candy from

Irish Potatoes ~ Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 cup shredded coconut, 1 1/2 tablespoons cream, 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Directions: Delicately mix all the ingredients. Roll spoonfuls into tiny balls. Place the balls in a plastic zip bag with cinnamon. Zip and shake until covered. Enjoy!

Irish Potatoes & Kale

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Side Dishes

Colcannon is a traditional vegetable dish made of potatoes, cabbage, ham or bacon, cream, and seasonings - Colcannon Recipe and photo thanks to Wikipedia and Photobucket.

Whether you use this recipe as an appetizer, side dish, or lunch, this Parsnip Soup with Corned Beef and Cabbage is delicious!

Green Vegetable Tray ~ fill an appetizer tray full of healthy green veggies! Cut the vegetables into thin slices and serve with your favorite dressing or dip. Suggestions: cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, avocado, celery, snap peas, green beans.

Green Fruit Salad ~ Fill a bowl with your favorite green fruits: green grapes, apples, kiwi, melon.

Irish Moss

Irish Cheese Assortment (30 ounce)
Irish Cheese Assortment (30 ounce)
This collection of Irish cheeses imported from Ireland contain an 8 ounce package each of the following: Cashel Blue, Irish Green Wax Cheddar, Dubliner, and Cahills with Guinness.
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Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread


Find out about

Irish Soda Bread (picture)

from Wikipedia.

Try this recipe for Blaa!

Irish Potato Bread Recipe

Irish Bread ~ Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Mix 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 2 cups of flour in a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of soft butter or margarine and press into the dry mixture with a fork. Add 2/3 cup milk and blend in thoroughly. Pour in ½ cup raisins and 1 tablespoon caraway seed as the final ingredients. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and completely combined. (I prefer to use waxed paper on a table or countertop and flour instead of directly on the surface due to an easier cleanup.) Butter or spray with cooking oil a 9 inch loaf or round pan. Place dough in the pan and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy it while it is still warm before a leprechaun sneaks away with it!!

Irish Soda Bread

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Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea
Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea


Enjoy a cool green drink!

For any of the following: use green water, juice, or soda to freeze into ice cubes to place into the drinks. Perhaps add a slice of lime for fun!

Juices ~ There are a few green colored juices on the market - Hi-C possibly? Or, drink a glass of limeade.

Soda ~ Use lemon-lime soda or sparkling water and dye with green food coloring.

Water ~ Water may be turned green with food coloring, also.

Milk ~ Drop a few drops of green food coloring into milk for a simple green drink.

Milk Shakes

~ Mix milk, vanilla ice cream, green food coloring, and mint extract in a blender to create a yummy milkshake!

~ Use chocolate chip mint ice cream and milk in the shakes. (Equal amount of each.)

~ Blend lime sherbet and milk with a banana.


Green Pudding ~ Try some pistachio pudding!

Green Jello ~ Enjoy some lime jello top with whipped cream and green sprinkles!

Green Frozen Treats ~ How about some mint ice cream, vanilla ice cream colored green, lime sherbet, or frozen yogurt?

I couldn't resist a recipe that is for Dark Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with White Chocolate Mint Frosting!! It would make a fantastic ending to a holiday meal!

Irish Scones

Do you enjoy traditional dishes or do you prefer to try new foods of the world?

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Enjoy your snacks and meals!

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    • Aquavel profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens, awesome images and helpful vids. Always wanted a good recipe for Irish soda bread! Perhaps I'll make it tomorrow to add to our dinner!

    • Linda Pogue profile image

      Linda Pogue 

      8 years ago from Missouri

      Great recipes. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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      9 years ago

      Great lens.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      9 years ago

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @spritequeen lm: Thank you, Mindy! =D

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      spritequeen lm 

      9 years ago

      These look SO fun and yummy! Thanks for sharing! Angel blessed

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks! Hope you have a great holiday, too!

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This is a fabulous lens, beautiful and well laid out as well as full of great, interesting information as well as recipes. Who could ask for anything more? Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @hlkljgk: You're welcome! There are some great recipes on your veg lens!

    • hlkljgk profile image


      10 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for featuring my veg irish food lens! this is a beautiful design.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Heather426: Oooh, what a great idea in the breadmaker!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @SandyMertens: Thank you! :)

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      Heather Burns 

      10 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yum! Beautiful lens with some great recipes. I'm making the bread today in my breadmaker!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Enjoyed reading this St. Patrick's food lens. Nice work.


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