March is the perfect time to indulge in all things Irish, so we've put together a collection of our favorite Irish-inspired recipes for St. Patrick's Day. Celebrate the holiday by inviting friends over and serving a traditional Irish feast with menu items like corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and a potato dish.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
The tradition of serving corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day was started by Irish-Americans in the mid-1800s, when it was used as a substitute for bacon in the traditional Irish dish of bacon and cabbage. Corned beef got its name back when meat was preserved using coarse grains of salt called "corn." For added flavor, serve with prepared horseradish and mustard.
Lamb and Vegetable Stew
This Irish-Inspired hearty meat-and-vegetable stew recipe is made from lamb, butternut squash, parsnips, sweet potatoes, celery, and onion. It's best served with Irish soda bread, a thick traditional bread shown below.
Irish Soda Bread
Traditional soda bread uses baking soda, instead of yeast as a leavening agent, and it contains only flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. This time-saving bread recipe became popular in rural Ireland in the 1800s. It pairs well with soups, stews, and meat dishes. Today, Irish soda bread recipes often contain other ingredients, such as sugar, butter, or currants, to enhance the flavor.
In the late 16th century, potatoes were introduced to Ireland from South America. They were planted in the spring around St. Patrick's Day and quickly became the staple crop in the poorest regions of the country. Today, no Irish meal would be complete without a side dish of potatoes -- these wedges get their flavor from garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper.
Authentic Irish Coffee
After dinner, serve the Irishman's delicious take on coffee. Add 3 tablespoons of Irish whiskey to a 10-ounce mug. Stir in brown sugar. Add 1 cup of brewed coffee, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.