What to Eat for St. Patrick's Day Food and Drinks

Whether you're Irish or not, you can boost your luck by celebrating St. Patrick's Day with friends and this traditional Irish meal. We've got St. Patrick's Day food ideas that are sure to please.

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 a St. Patrick's Day dinner. Invite friends to celebrate the holiday, and serve a St. Patrick's Day menu with corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and a potato dish. Plus, get our favorite big-patch St. Patrick's Day meal ideas for hosting the ultimate party. 

Try these fun St. Patrick's Day ideas. 

Appetizer: Beer-Cheese Fondue

Looking for a crowd-pleasing St. Patrick's Day appetizer idea? This warm dip is filled with favorites like cheese, garlic, and beer. Make it in the slow cooker, and it's ready anytime. Serve with dippers like pretzels, fresh veggies, breadsticks, and more.

Get the Beer-Cheese Fondue recipe.

Appetizer: Reuben Spread

This cheesy dip is loaded with all the makings of a classic Reuben without any of the work. Simply toss corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese, and a few other ingredients into your slow cooker and you're ready for party time. Now that's our kind of St. Patrick's Day appetizer. 

Get the Reuben Spread recipe.

Main Course: Corned Beef and Cabbage

No St. Patrick's Day menu would be complete without corned beef and cabbage. The tradition was started by Irish-Americans in the mid-1800s, when corned beef 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."

Get the Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.

Main Course: Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Soup is a classic St. Patrick's Day food. Perfect for a St. Pat's potluck, this Irish stew recipe contains lamb, butternut squash, parsnips, sweet potatoes, celery, and onion. Serve it with Irish soda bread.

Get the Lamb and Vegetable Stew recipe.

Side Dish: 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 classic Irish bread recipe became popular in the 1800s. It pairs well with soups, stews, and meat dishes. Our orange-flavored version is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day meal. 

Get the Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Side Dish: Braised Cabbage

If you're on the hunt for healthy St. Patrick's Day food ideas, look no further! This take on traditional Irish cabbage is low in calories and fat but big on flavor. Fresh lemon, crushed red pepper, and parsley add zest to the braised cabbage wedges. Finish the St. Patrick's Day dish with crunchy homemade croutons. 

Get the Braised Cabbage with Spicy Croutons recipe.

Related: Try our best cabbage recipes. 

Side Dish: Cheesy Hasselback New Potatoes

It wouldn't be a St. Patrick's Day dinner without potatoes! These cheesy red potatoes get an extra dose of flavor from fresh rosemary and lemon zest. Add these to your St. Patrick's Day menu and you won't be disappointed. For more classic green color, sprinkle the tops with parsley just before serving. 

Get the Cheesy Hasselback New Potatoes recipe.


Drink: Authentic Irish Coffee

Serve this classic St. Patrick's Day drink after dinner. Add 3 tablespoons Irish whiskey to a 10-ounce mug. Stir in brown sugar. Add 1 cup brewed coffee, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. Irish coffee is one of our favorite St. Patrick's Day desserts. 

Related: More St. Patrick's Day dessert ideas. 

Drink: Guinness Float

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a little Guinness, so skip the green beer and go for a rich ice cream float instead! This fun St. Patrick's Day drink doubles as a sweet treat. Keep your St. Patrick's Day party stress-free and scoop the ice cream ahead of time. Stash the glasses in the freezer and grab them a few minutes before it's time to serve. 

Get the Guinness Float recipe.

Dessert: Shamrock Milk Shake Cupcakes

Instead of a St. Patrick's Day cake, serve these adorable cupcakes. Minty white chocolate frosting takes these green cakes over the top! Cute enough for a party, these St. Patrick's Day cupcakes are also perfect for potlucks and other group gatherings. 

Get the Shamrock Milk Shake Cupcakes recipe.

Dessert: Pot of Gold Rainbow Cake

Searching for a showstopping St. Patrick's Day dessert idea? This festive cake fills the bill. Layers of rainbow frosting hide a fun surprise inside this holiday cake recipe! We'll show you the secret to filling the cake with golden candies.

Get the Pot of Gold Rainbow Cake recipe.

More St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas

Plan the perfect St. Patrick's Day menu with our favorite Irish-inspired recipes, including ideas for dinner, drinks, and dessert. Plus, we're sharing our favorite potato recipes and new takes on classic corned beef and cabbage. Host a fun St. Patrick's Day party complete with new and traditional dishes. 


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