While I love to host theme dinners and celebrate fun little “holidays” with my family, when an occasion has historical background, I prefer to go authentic. For instance, I lean more toward a Buche de Noel on Christmas and a leg of lamb on Easter. I like the feel (and taste) of age-old tradition passed on over the generations. I might give it a modern spin, but typically try to stay true to the roots of the holiday. I’m no different when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day.
Often more feted in the US than in the Emerald Isle, St Patrick’s Day pays homage to the patron saint of Ireland. Once a poor shepherd boy, he was kidnapped by Celts. While he did escape from slavery, he later returned to Ireland in order to share the good news of Christ with the people there. I love his story and how he came to love the people who once took him from his home.
So, how about a nod to some “traditional” Irish fare this year? Most folks don’t realize that Corned Beef and Cabbage are a typically American menu. And as tasty as those can be, why not try something a little more, well, authentic?
This classic potato, kale, and cabbage dish is well-known throughout Ireland. It’s good, stick-to-yer-ribs kind of fare that could be a meal in itself or a hearty side dish for a rich lamb or beef stew. Rich, filling, and comforting, it’s perfect for chasing those end of winter blues.
Source: Colcannon | Food for My Family
Similar to colcannon, champ is made with leeks or scallions instead of cabbage, and is more traditional fare for the northern regions of the country. This recipe pairs two great tastes, leeks and potatoes, for a delectable side dish.
Source: Leek Champ | Dish by Trish
What feast is complete without a bread and cheese course? Stir up a batch of this easy Irish Soda Bread and serve some Dubliner, a sharp cheddar-like cheese, to go with.
Source: Irish Soda Bread & Dubliner Cheese | Life as Mom
Irish Stew is not complicated. Potatoes, carrots, and onion get together with beef and throw a tasty party. This slow cooker version allows you a fuss-free supper.
Source: Irish Stew | Life as Mom
Another riff on the simple stew, this one gets its punch from Guiness beer, prunes and parsnips. Serve it with Colcannon or a chunk of soda bread.
Source: Guinness Beef Stew | Simple Bites
This dessert is a beer batter spice cake laden with fruit. Think fruit cake that doesn’t need to be passed on at the next White Elephant gift exchange. Serve it at the end of the meal with hot coffee.
Source: Irish Porter Cake | Serious Eats
Traditional Irish desserts often feature apples: tarts, crumbles, cakes, and so on. This tart, full of apples, raisins, and a little whiskey, is a perfect way to end the evening.
Source: Irish Apple Tart | BBC’s GoodFood
If chocolate is more your game, indulge in a slice of this Chocolate Stout Cake. As if chocolate wasn’t enough, it gains added richness from coffee and Guinness beer.
Source: Chocolate Stout Cake | My Baking Addiction
Top off the night with a warming cup of sweetened coffee and Irish whiskey topped with a thick layer of cream. It will warm you to your toes and ward off any chill.
Source: Irish Coffee | My Recipes
|A foodie at heart, Jessica Fisher has learned to reconcile a tight budget with her love for great food. As a busy mom of six voracious eaters, she regularly shares healthy, delicious and budget-friendly recipes at GoodCheapEats. She also writes at her parenting blog, LifeasMOM.|