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. Celebrate the holiday by inviting friends over and serving a St. Patrick's Day menu with items like 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.
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 it with festive dippers like pretzels, green peppers, and bread.
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, kraut, cheese, and the fixings in your slow cooker and you're ready for party time. Now thats our kind of St. Patrick's Day appetizer.
Main Course: Corned Beef and Cabbage
No St. Patrick's Day menu would be complete without corned beef and cabbage. The tradition of serving corned beef with cabbage for St. Patrick's Day dinner 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."
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-flavor version is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day meal.
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 not flavor. Fresh lemon, crushed red pepper, and parsley add zest to wedges of braised cabbage. Finish the St. Patrick's Day dish with crunchy homemade croutons.
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.
Drink: Authentic Irish Coffee
After dinner, serve this classic St. Patrick's Day drink. 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. Irish coffee is one of our favorite St. Patrick's Day desserts.
Drink: Guinness Float
It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a little guiness. Skip the green beer and go for a rich ice cream float instead! This fun St. Patricks Day drink idea doubles as a sweet treat. Kepp your St. Patrick's Day party stress-free and scoop your floats ahead of time. Stash the glasses in the freezer and grab them a few minutes before dessert.
Dessert: Shamrock Milk Shake Cupcakes
Instead of a St. Patrick's Day cake, serve up these adorable green cupcakes. Minty white chocolate frosting takes these green cakes over the top! Cute enough for a party, these St. Patrick's Day cupcakes are perfect for potlucks and gatherings.
Dessert: Pot of Gold Rainbow Cake
Searching for a stow-stopping St. Patrick's Day dessert idea? This festive cake is a must-have for your holiday menu. Layers of rainbow frosting hide a fun surprise inside this St. Patrick's Day cake recipe! We'll show you the secret to filling the cake with gold candy.
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 potoato recipes and new takes on classic corned beef and cabbage. Host a fun St. Patrick's Day party complete with traditional dishes.