“May the road rise up to meet” you as you journey through these incredible dishes for St. Patrick’s Day. To help celebrate the festivities, I’ve teamed up with Grits and Pinecones to bring you 18 Incredible Irish Dishes that are 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 Potato and Leek Soup: Irish Potato and Leek Soup is a crowd pleasing soup that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! In fact, it’s probably the most delicious Potato and Leek Soup that you’ll ever taste! What’s even better is that this awesome soup is easy to make, and equally good served either hot or cold.
4. Waterford Blaa: When you hear Waterford, you’re likely to think of its famous crystal. However, Waterford is equally famous for its Blaa, which is a soft white bread roll with a floury exterior. It is the quintessential morning roll that locals fill with sausages, eggs, crispy bacon, or whatever else suits their fancy. It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Irish Pan Haggerty: Irish Pan Haggerty is a delicious twist on a classic Northumberland potato dish using Dubliner cheese. It’s easy to make and will definitely WOW those at your St. Patrick’s Day gathering.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Sous Vide Corned Beef With Irish Fried Cabbage With Onion And Bacon: Corned beef and cabbage is traditional fare for St. Patrick’s Day. For a nontraditional twist, I made Sous Vide Corned Beef with Irish Fried Cabbage. The corned beef was moist, flavorful, and fork tender, and the cabbage was brimming with flavor.
11. 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.
12. Irish Stacked Potato Bites: These incredible Stacked Potato Bites are one reason that the Irish are famous for their potato dishes. The Stacked Potato Bites 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.
13. 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!
14. 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.
15. Mini Reuben Croustades: If you like Reuben sandwiches, you’ll love these delectable bite-sized morsels. They’re perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
16. Traditional Irish Soda Bread (courtesy of Grits and Pinecones): Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Traditional Irish Soda Bread.
17. 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!
18. 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.
I hope you like these incredible Irish dishes as much as we do. What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day dish? We’d love to hear from you!
May the luck of the Irish be with you on St. Patrick’s Day!