Traditional dinner dishes served on St. Patrick’s Day include hearty meals like Irish Stew, the ever-popular corned beef and cabbage, layered Shepherd’s Pie with rich meat and mashed potatoes, incredible lightly sweetened soda breads, and much more.
Have you ever wondered why corned beef and cabbage is served on Saint Patrick’s Day? Originally, in rural Ireland the dish corned beef and cabbage was served for Easter dinner. The beef was salted or brined to preserve it over the winter so it could be eaten after the long meatless Lenten fast. Today this dish is actually quite a bit more popular in the United States than it is in Ireland and is served at St. Patrick’s Day as a nostalgic reminder of Irish heritage.
Here are 5 tasty Irish-inspired dishes you may want to serve this year to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.
1.) Sweet Irish Soda Bread
|Super delicious slightly sweet soda bread dotted with raisins and caraway.
2.) Cabbage and Bacon
|An incredible combination and perfect side dish for your Saint Patrick’s Day dinner.
3.) Irish Stew
|A classic comfort recipe full of onions, meat, and potatoes, swimming in a rich gravy.
4.) Shepherd’s Pie
|This classic layered recipe features savory meat and vegetables nestled under a blanket of soft mashed potato. Hearty, filling, and comforting.
5.) Corned Beef and Cabbage
|This is the dish most think about when Saint Patrick’s Day rolls around… and for good reason. It is incredibly delicious!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone!
Here is a fun Irish Blessing for you:
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
Have you made any of these delicious recipes? What are your favorite Saint Patrick’s Day foods?
Let us know in the comments!