St. Patrick's Day isn't just a day to wear green and kiss Irish people. It's an opportunity to celebrate Irish culture. And with these spectacular St. Patrick's Day recipes, you won't need the luck of the Irish to immerse yourself in the spirit of the holiday in the most delicious way.
Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage, also known as New England boiled dinner, is all but synonymous with St. Patrick's Day. And because this recipe just calls for combining the ingredients in a slow cooker and turning it on, even the most novice chef can enjoy this traditional homemade feast.
Irish Mashed Potatoes (Colcannon)
Irish Soda Bread
The "soda" in Irish soda bread is not of the beverage variety. Rather, it refers to baking soda, used instead of yeast as a leavening agent, which yields a thicker bread that requires less time to rise. The bread pairs well with Irish stew and shepherd's pie, but is also delectable on its own or with a little butter.
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A traditional Irish stew is made from chunks of lamb or mutton simmered for hours with potatoes, onions and seasonings into a thick, steamy pot of savory goodness. Over time, people have made their own additions and substitutions, such as adding root vegetables. This particular recipe simmers the stew in a crock pot, leaving you with tender, juicy pieces of lamb just in time for dinner.
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Irish Cream-Soaked Ladyfingers
These ladyfingers infused with Irish cream are sure to have chocoholics dancing a jig. Moreover, they are so easy to make that they require very little prep work. You don't even need to turn on your oven! Serve with coffee or ice cream if you're feeling extra indulgent.
Rainbow Parfaits with a Pot of Gold
Never has a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow tasted so sweet. Food coloring and white cake mix make stunning rainbow cake layers. Make sure the white icing peeks out between each layer to enhance the rainbow effect. And a small bowl of gold-wrapped candies ensures that everyone gets lucky on St. Patrick's Day.
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Beer, Chocolate and Irish Whiskey Mini-Pies
The flavors of stout beer and chocolate naturally marry very well, and this recipe is proof of that. With a delicious chocolate drizzle and a crispy graham cracker crust, this is a St. Patrick's Day dessert that is sure to please.
Guinness Beer Milkshakes
Irish Car Bomb Beer Cocktail
While the name is somewhat controversial, there's no doubt that the Irish car bomb beer cocktail is a popular drink of choice during St. Patrick's Day. The trick is to consume the entire cocktail right away to avoid curdled Irish cream in your glass. The drink does take effect quickly, so drink responsibly.
An Irish coffee is comprised of coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar and a "float" of frothy cream. When done properly, the drink should resemble a heady glass of Irish stout. It's a great accompaniment to any Irish dessert, but it's also sweet enough to be a standalone cocktail.
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When in doubt, simply make your everyday favorite recipes and dye them green. While food coloring is always an option, spinach and broccoli can also be natural and healthy alternatives to get your food in the St. Patrick's Day spirit.