Fun St. Patrick's Day Food Traditions and Recipes

These festive dishes are yummy options for any St. Patrick's Day celebration!
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St. Patrick's Day traditions include parades and parties, but the Irish holiday wouldn't be complete without feasting on festive foods. Traditionally, the go-to dish for the March 17th holiday is corned beef and cabbage. But there are delicious recipes that are appropriate for celebrating St. Paddy's morning, noon, and night. Here, 8 yummy and fun St. Patrick's Day food traditions and recipes to try.

1. Corned Beef & Cabbage - Smithsonian Magazine explains that Irish Americans saw St. Paddy's as a celebration of their heritage and homeland, and in honor of their culture, Irish immigrants splurged on flavorful corned beef, which they procured from their Jewish neighbors. They served it with potato and the most affordable vegetable, cabbage. Fun fact: For Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Luncheon March 4, 1861, he served corned beef, cabbage and potatoes! 

Recipe to try: Tyler Florence's Corned Beef and Cabbage

2. Irish Soda Bread - An Irish specialty dating back to the mid-1800s, the first loaf of Irish soda bread was made with four simple ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and sour milk. These days, in America, the bread is often made with a few extras, like sugar, raisins, and caraway seeds. 

Recipe to try: Kleinworth & Co.'s St. Patrick's Day Irish Soda Bread

3. Full Irish Breakfast - To celebrate St. Paddy's in the morning, try the "full Irish": a plate packed with bacon, sausages, eggs, Fadge (Irish potato bread) or Boxty (Irish griddle cakes), eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, as well as soda bread or wheaten bread. And don't forget the tea.

4. Dublin Coddle - This one-pot comfort food—made with potatoes, sausage, bacon, ham, and few other key ingredients—is a traditional dish that was often served at the end of the week when all that was left was "rashers, sausages, and potatoes."

Recipe to try: Dublin Coddle from Epicurious.com

5. Shepherd's Pie - A cozy mix of meat and vegetables come together to make this savory Irish dish.

Recipe to try: Melissa D'Arabian's Shepherd's Pie  

6. Colcannon - According to Bon Appetit, there are as many colcannon recipes as there are cooks in Ireland. The traditional side is a mix of cabbage and potatoes that pairs beautifully with corned beef! 

Recipe to try: Bon Appetit's Colcannon

7. Bailey's Cheesecake - While this drool-worthy dessert isn't exactly traditional, it sounds like an absolutely decadent way to enjoy the flavor of creamy Irish whiskey.

Recipe to try: Delish.com's Bailey's Cheesecake

8. Soda Bread Pudding - Leftover Irish soda bread comes in handy for this sweet dish, which is equal parts custardy and crusty. 

Recipe to try: Food & Wine's Soda Bread Pudding 



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