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★ Yummy St Patrick's Day Recipes | Classic Savory Dishes & Fun Irish-Themed Desserts
Traditional Food Ideas Plus Green & Rainbow Treats
St Patrick's Day is a celebration that seems to have become more and more popular over time, especially in North America where people are either fiercely proud of their Irish blood, or they like pretending to be Irish so they can have a lot of Guinness beer! Either way, it's just plain fun, with lots of eating and lots of drinking.
This page is concerned with the eating side of things, and I've listed lots of varied and delicious recipes for the day, whether you are just eating with close family or you are planning a huge party. I've listed recipes for traditional Irish meals, as well as shamrock themed treats, green cakes, desserts, party foods and appetizers.
I hope this page is helpful and inspires your menu for St Pat's day :)
Guinness Chocolate Cake
Green Food & Traditions
St Patricks' Day is not complete without a party buffet laden with green cakes, or some hearty traditional Irish grub!
Most often the symbolic green color is used for the food, with examples of savory green options being pistachios, peas, cabbage, pesto, mint and other herbs, broad beans, avocado, spinach, kale and lime. Out of that list, cabbage and kale are the ingredients most often used for St Patrick's Day meals.
For desserts and candy, there is the option of using green food coloring to turn any confection the right shade, so it's a lot easier to theme sweet foods for the day.
Beside a green theme, you could recreate food in the Irish flag colors (green, white and orange), you could use a leprachaun/pot of gold/rainbow theme, or you could cook and bake some classic Irish foods like Soda bread, colcannon and potato pancakes.
Typical Irish ingredients include lamb, bacon, ham, potatoes, kale, carrots, potatoes, cabbages, onions and potatoes. And then probably some more potatoes :) Guinness beer is often used as an ingredient too, as it is pretty much an icon of Ireland.
A lot of American and Canadian dishes focus on corned beef for St Patrick's Day (which I condone because I like it) but actually it's not really an Irish thing. Not for the Irish in Ireland anyway. But for the Americanized festivities, corned beef is at the very core of savory foods served on the day so there are lots of recipes for using this ingredient below.
Corned beef actually came about as a cheaper substitute for pork when poor Irish immigrants moved to America and couldn't afford to buy pork.
St Patrick's Day Decorations & Mini Flags
A party buffet isn't complete without themed décor, tablecloths and mini flags!
Traditional Irish Cooking & Baking Ideas
- Irish Soda Bread
Chunky bread perfect for serving with a hearty stew.
- Barmbrack Bread
An Irish rich fruit loaf served at Halloween or St Paddy's Day.
- Boxty Pancakes
Classic savory pancakes made from potatoes.
- Irish Beef Stew
Moist beef and juicy vegetable stew with added Stout or Guinness.
- Irish Lamb Stew
With a helpful video showing the cooking process.
- True Irish Shepherd's Pie
A lamb and vegetable mix underneath a layer of mashed potato.
- Potato Farls
Mashed potato cakes fried until golden brown.
- Colcannon Side Dish
A meal accompaniment made of potatoes and kale or cabbage.
- Dublin Coddle
A homely slow-cooked dish made with sausages, bacon and potato.
- Champ Mash
A similar side dish to Colcannon, but is Northern Irish and made with spring onions (scallions).
- Simple Foolproof Mash
The Irish love a good mashed potato!
Irish Soda Bread
Guinness & Beer Recipes - Beer Adds Depth to Your Food
- "Irish" French Onion Soup
Add Guinness to the classic soup to Irish-ify it!
- Guinness Irish Stew
With creamy parsley dumplings on top.
- Really Green Risotto
A spinach and pea risotto to accompany chicken.
- Guinness Caramelized Onion Tart
A healthy and light vegetarian option.
- Pretzel Caramels
Salty and sweet Guinness treats.
- Cheddar Beer Bread
Or to give it it's full name; rosemary brown butter cheddar beer bread!
- Guinness Battered Chips
These golden and crispy potato chips look so tasty.
- Beer Gravy
Goes great with mash.
- Stew Pot Pies
A meat stew with a pastry top.
St Patrick's Day Meal
Small Snacks & Appetizers - Ideal For Party Buffets
- Corned Beef Canapes
Be healthier by only having small bites!
- Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Green colored dip for party nibbles.
- Shamrock Crisps
Shamrock shaped pastry crisps with parsley sprinkles.
- Pesto & Cheese Crostini
Green pesto and goats cheese snacks, which are gluten-free.
- Sweet Shamrock Pretzels
Just about the easiest thing you can cook.
- Irish Blue Cheese Fondue
Melted cheese dip with added Irish lager.
- Avocado Fries
With Cilantro lemon dipping sauce.
- Twice-Baked Pesto Potatoes
Baby potatoes with a cheesy topping.
- Potato Cups
A fun idea for making cup shapes from potato slices.
- St Patrick's Day Maki
Corned beef, mash and cabbage rolls.
St Patrick's Day Cooking & Baking Products
Cupcake toppers really add something extra special to cupcakes - especially if they would otherwise be plain - and there is a brilliant selection to choose from. I've also listed a shamrock-shaped baking tin for a classic shaped cake (particularly fab if you bake a green velvet cake with it!), and a set of shamrock cookie cutters.
Savory Foods & Adaptations of Classic Combinations - Including a Whole Lot of Corned Beef
- Corned Beef
An Americanized Irish idea for St Patrick's Day, which looks yummy.
- Irish Nachos
With Guinness glazed onions.
- Potatoes with Bacon and Cabbage
A different take on Colcannon - with extra ingredients.
- Corned Beef Hash Sliders
Delicious mini burgers with hash browns, cheese and egg.
- Reuben Knishes
A corned beef version of the Jewish snack.
- Green Egg Casserole
A breakfast or lunch idea with lots of green speckles.
- Beef & Vegetable Hand Pies
Rustic looking pies with added beer.
- Corned Beef, Cabbage & Potatoes
A yummy mix of St Paddy's favorites.
- Corned Beef Hash
A well-known dish with a poached egg topper.
- Crock Pot Corned Beef Dinner
Easy and delicious corned beef which is slow cooked then baked.
- Cauliflower Green Pizza
Cauliflower pizza base with a kale topping.
Dinners, Lunches & More Meal Inspiration
- Irish Bread Braid
Stuffed with corned beef, spinach and tattys.
- 3 Cheese Basil Ravioli
This herb and cheese-filled ravioli is perfect for a green theme.
- Green Tortillas
Homemade wraps made with spinach.
- Chicken Pot Pies
Irish beer and cheese chicken pies with a pastry shamrock topper.
- Guinness-Braised Short Ribs
With a buttery Colcannon side.
- Sweet Pea Soup
Tasty soup in a vivid green color.
How to Make Shamrock Table Runners & Plates
What you will need:
* Green fabric paint
* A length of fabric the same size as you want your table runner to be.
The best color for this would probably be white but it's up to you.
* Sewing machine (optional)
* Large potato
* Small kitchen knife such as a paring knife
* Paper plate (optional)
- First of all you can choose to hem the edges of your fabric table runner to prevent fraying; however if you don't mind a raw edge, or the material you're using doesn't fray, then you can skip this step.
- Cut a large potato in half and use a small knife to mark out the outline of a shamrock on the exposed surface. Once you have your shape marked, you can remove the potato around it with your knife. Remove potato to a depth of about 1/2". Using a sharp knife makes it easier but obviously be careful :) Adults should always do this part.
- Then either dip the shamrock potato shape into the green paint on a paper plate (or other suitable surface), or apply the paint onto the potato shape using a paintbrush. The paintbrush method creates the neatest results.
- Carefully press the potato onto the fabric, making sure it doesn't slip around, and lift it up off the fabric to see your print. If there are gaps in the painted shamrock, you can paint those in with a paintbrush (although I like the look of it when little gaps are left)
- Keep repeating this until you have printed as many shamrocks as you want onto the fabric.
- Leave to dry.
- Your table runner is now finished!
What you will need:
* Green porcelain marker pen (an example of which I've listed below these instructions.)
The pen ink should be non-toxic, and designed to 'set' in the oven to become dishwasher-safe.
* Ceramic white plate(s)
* Contact paper (optional)
* Craft knife and cutting mat OR scissors (optional)
- Clean the plate thoroughly to make sure it's very clean and dust-free. Also remove any price labels etc.
- If you want to draw your design (e.g. shamrocks) onto your plate freehand then you can then do that and follow the oven baking guidelines on your marker pen packaging. Then you're finished! Easy, huh?
If, however, you want to use a stencil to ensure your shamrocks design has neat edges, you can use contact paper for this:
- Draw the outline of a shamrock (or another shape of your choice) onto the contact paper and cut it out - preferably with a craft knife on a cutting mat, but you could also use small scissors.
- Cut a roughly square shape around the cut-out shamrock to remove this stencil section from the remaining contact paper sheet. You will want this square to be as small as possible without making it too delicate - cutting approx. 1/2"-1" away from the cut-out shamrock would be best.
- Peel the backing off your stencil and stick it into position on your plate, making sure the edges of the shamrock are stuck down all of the way around.
- Use your marker pen to color inside the stencil, then remove the contact paper from the plate.
- Repeat for other shapes as needed, then bake in the oven to set the image and make it permanent.
Best Products for St Patrick's Day Crafts
Having themed décor looks great especially if you are hosting a party, so if you want to DIY your own to save money, then it's super easy to make simple tablecloths, table runners, decorated plates, table confetti, placemats and more besides! Here are a few craft products to help you on your way:
As mentioned in the tutorial above, this is a green marker pen which can be used on porcelain plates and mugs, and after baking in the oven, the pen patterns are permanent.
You can use this fabric paint or a similar one if you plan to follow the above how-to for potato printed table runners. Fabric paint is essential for any decorative fabric printing.
Themed Desserts & Fun Cakes
- Mint Green Cheesecakes
Using spinach and mint for natural food coloring.
- Irish Coffee Profiteroles
With chocolate whiskey sauce.
- Baileys Irish Cream Mousse
Rich chocolate dessert with just a few ingredients.
- Irish Soda Bread Pudding
With raisin jam.
- Kiwi Sorbet
Only needs 3 ingredients, and doesn't even need an ice cream maker!
- Guinness Brownies
Rich, gooey and perfect for chocoholics.
- Key Lime Cupcakes
Zesty cupcakes in lime green.
- Green Velvet Cake
With cheesecake in the middle for an interesting filling.
- Potato Petit Fours
Amusing mini marzipan-wrapped sponges that look like tatties!
- Over-the-Rainbow Cupcakes
Bright multi-colored cupcake recipe.
St Patrick's Day Jello Cookies
Sweet Things & Candy
- Leprechaun Bread, Rainbow Cakes & More
A great list of recipes and crafts for St Patrick's Day.
- Guinness & Pretzel Truffles
Lovely as a gift or to scoff yourself!
- Mint Chocolate Meringues
Mini individual meringues to have as a sweet snack.
- Guinness Rice Krispie Treats
Made using dark chocolate, beer and marshmallows.
- Fake Irish Potato Cookies
Funny idea for no-bake cookies.
- Irish Flag Jellies
A clever way to celebrate Ireland.
- Homemade Shamrock Shake
Take a look at the suggestions for green breakfast recipes too.
- Rainbow-Filled Cake Balls
Give guests a happy surprise when they bite into these!
- Salted-Caramel Chocolate Shamrocks
With a few drops of Baileys.
- Leprechaun Hat S'mores
Chocolate covered marshmallows with green glitter adornments.
- Pots of Gold Cake Pops
With edible fondant rainbows as embellishments.