St. Patrick's Day
The St. Patrick's Day
holiday is a wonderful day to prepare special meals.
Below you will find many great St. Patrick's Day meal
ideas for you and your family
Side Dishes and Appetizers - Soups
are a great side dish or appetizer for a traditional
Irish dinner. A cabbage and lamb stew would be very
fitting. Or you could add potatoes, carrots and other
vegetables to the lamb. Another soup would be Beer
Potato Soup, which is based on a chicken stock with
cream added, in addition to the beer and potatoes. Add a
little onion, celery, sugar and salt and pepper to
taste, and you have a hearty, tradition soup.
St. Patrick's Day is rich with traditions, especially having wonderful Irish
foods. Even if you aren't Irish, there are lots of great foods you can prepare
to enjoy with your family.
Snacks - There are any number of fun snacks you could have for the kids to munch
on while dinner is being fixed. Green jello squares can be a quick and easy
snack, that's not too filling. They can even be cut with cookie cutters into
Shamrock biscuits are a nice snack, and something the kids can help make. Take
two refrigerated biscuits, or sugar cookies, and cut them in half. Put the three
sections together to make the shamrock and shape the fourth piece into a stem.
They can either sprinkle green sprinkles on them, or "paint" them with water
with green food coloring added and then bake.
Main Dishes - Corned beef and cabbage, also known as
Bubble and Squeak because the cabbage bubbles and
squeaks while it cooks, is probably one of the most
popular Irish dinners for St. Patrick's Day and it is
fairly simple to make. Combine some onion, whole
peppercorn, cloves, parsley and the corned beef in a pot
of water. Cover it and let it simmer until the meat is
tender. Then add the cabbage that has been cut into
sections, and let simmer again until it is also tender.
Add some horseradish to sour cream to serve with it.
Shepherd's Pie is another traditional dish to serve for
St. Patrick's Day. You can use either lamb or beef in
this dish. There are several ways to prepare it, but it
is still fairly easy. Cook some onions in either butter
or oil; add some other vegetables like carrots, peas or
other favorites. Stir in some flour and cook until it's
browned a little and add some beef stock. Boil it for
about five minutes, and then add the meat, which has
been finely chopped, and boil again. Spread the mixture
into the bottom of a baking dish. Cover it with mashed
potatoes and then bake at 350 for about a half hour. You
can add shredded cheese to it when there is about ten
Breads - There are many different types of bread that
can be served at a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner.
Scones are a nice, light option. You can also make Irish
bread that has baking powder and soda instead of yeast.
Many people like to add raisins or currants to the
bread. Irish Brown Soda bread is a whole wheat bread
that also uses baking soda, instead of yeast. It also
has rolled oats and buttermilk, giving it a heavier
Desserts - What would a holiday meal be without
desserts? A green velvet cake with white frosting is a
sweet end to the meal. Shamrock shaped cookies are also
a fun thing to have. A Killarney Cake can be made with a
chocolate fudge cake mix, with crème de menthe or
peppermint extract instead of water. Stir in chopped
green cherries. Top with whipped cream and more chopped
green cherries. It can be put together as a layer cake,
with a layer of whipped cream between each layer.
Traditional Irish foods are the perfect addition to any
St. Patrick's Day celebration. Even if you aren't Irish,
you may soon find some of them to be new family
favorites you might even fix all year round.