St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. I teamed up with Grits and Pinecones to bring you 14 Lucky Irish Dishes certain to put a little jig in your step and a smile on your face.
1. Irish Boxty with Smoked Salmon: Boxty is a traditional Irish pancake. It is often made with a combination of mashed potatoes and raw grated potatoes mixed with flour, milk, and egg. Boxty’s origin dates back to 18th century Ireland where it was so popular that it inspired the following folk ditty: “Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan, if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get your man!”
2. Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls (courtesy of Grits and Pinecones): Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, these yummy Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls with Avocado Lime Dressing are guaranteed to bring you the luck of the Irish!
3. Irish Stacked Potato Bites: The Irish are famous for their potato dishes. These incredible Irish Stacked Potato Bites are no exception. They’re easy to make, and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. If they’re not gobbled up out of the oven, the Stacked Potato Bites also freeze and reheat beautifully.
4. Dublin Coddle: Dublin Coddle is a traditional Irish dish dating back to the 17th century. It consists of potatoes, onions, and sausage cooked together and garnished with bacon to create an amazing dish. The traditional Dublin Coddle uses Irish bangers. However, bratwurst works well if you can’t find Irish bangers. Be sure to have some Irish Soda Bread on hand to mop up the juices!
5. Traditional Irish Potato Soup (courtesy of Grits and Pinecones): Traditional Irish Potato Soup is as simple to make as it is delicious and nutritious! This creamy soup is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day meal or any meal for that matter.
6. Easy Irish Soda Bread: Irish Soda Bread is a rustic peasant bread requiring no yeast and no rising. It is amazingly easy to make, amazingly delicious to taste, and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The food processor does most of the work. The only real hands-on is a minimal working of the dough to form a cohesive and bumpy disc.
7. Shrimp with Green Sauce (courtesy of Grits and Pinecones): Ditch the green beer this year for St. Patrick’s Day and try this healthy and delicious recipe for Shrimp with Green Sauce.
8. Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas: Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas is a favorite pub meal. Add homemade tartar sauce, and you have a true winner! Traditionally, either cod or haddock is the fish of choice. However, any large flaked white fish will work.
9. Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy: Bangers and mash with onion gravy is traditional Irish pub fare, and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Bangers are sausages so named after World War I when sausages tended to have a high water content to compensate for meat shortages. Because of the high water content, the sausages would tend to pop or “bang” when exposed to high heat. Today’s sausages typically don’t have this characteristic “bang”, but are still referred to as bangers. Mash is mashed potatoes!
10. Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Beef Stew: Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Beef Stew is comfort food at its best. It boasts tender chunks of beef with potatoes and carrots braised in a rich Guinness-infused gravy. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
11. Traditional Irish Soda Bread (courtesy of Grits and Pinecones): Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Traditional Irish Soda Bread.
12. Make Ahead Shepherd’s Pie: Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional staple of Irish cooking. It’s easy to make, and incredibly tasty. Shepherd’s Pie can be made ahead and frozen for an anytime meal. In fact, I typically have several in the freezer for those evenings when I don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Invariably, shepherd’s pie is at the top of the Master Taste Tester’s list for those evenings where we just reheat something! Technically, shepherd’s pie is made with ground lamb. Since I don’t care for lamb, I always use ground turkey.
13. Irish Colcannon: The Irish are famous for their potato dishes, and Colcannon is no exception. It’s traditionally made with mashed potatoes, cabbage (or kale), onions, and butter. As a special treat for St. Patrick’s Day, I added some crispy bacon. Colcannon is one of those dishes that is way more delicious than one would expect it to be. The cabbage and onions are subtle, but add a great texture and flavor.
14. Mini Reuben Croustades: If you like Reuben sandwiches, you’ll love these delectable bite-sized morsels. They’re perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.