With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this Tuesday, it’s time to start planning how you and you’re friends will celebrate the big day. Depending on where you live, there will be parades and activities everywhere. If you don’t live in one of the major U.S. cities that goes all out on March 17th, you can still throw your own amazing party at home. Of course the decorations have to be green, but what about food and drinks? Fear not! Here’s some recipes you can serve on St. Patrick’s Day.
Corned beef and cabbage
Turns out corned beef and cabbage isn’t part of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal in Ireland. According to Ireland for Visitors, the Irish serve “succulent, pink bacon or a savory roast chicken” on March 17th. Here in America, however, we celebrate St. Patrick with corned beef and cabbage.
There are several different ways to prepare corned beef and cabbage, so do a quick Google search to find a recipe that works for you. If you don’t have time to cook, see if any restaurants in your area are having a special on the traditional dish order a few carry out orders.
I know I said there’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than beer, but let’s be honest, most people plan to have at least one beer on this day. Several bars and restaurants will be serving green beer for the day, but if you want something more authentic try an Irish beer. Everyone knows about Guinness, but Harp Lager, Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, and Smithwick’s Irish Ale are also pretty common across America.
If your St. Patrick’s Day includes children, you’re going to need something besides beer for them to drink. I haven’t tried this recipe for Shamrock Floats from Simply Kierstie yet, but I like how it’s simple and quick to make. Plus it apparently tastes like a Shamrock Shake with chocolate so how bad can it be?
Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies
At this point it’s obvious I like making things in muffin tins. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the mini versions are always easier to make than the real thing. Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional Irish dish, but these Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies from Tablespoon only take an hour and look so much prettier to serve. Just like corned beef and cabbage, there’s plenty of different recipes for Shepherd’s Pie so search online for one that fits your cooking time and skills better.
Find a restaurant
Don’t want to bother cooking? Don’t worry about it! There will be plenty of bars and restaurants having St. Patrick’s Day specials and celebrations. If you want a more traditional Irish experience I would give Irish pubs a try, but since everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day even your favorite Mexican restaurant might have a St. Patrick’s Day event.
Be prepared, the more activities they have, like traditional Irish music or green beer (I’ve already heard one bar in my area brag about it on the radio), the more likely you’ll be to pay a cover charge.