Traditional St. Patrick's Day Menu

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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."

Get the Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.

Main Course: Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Soup is a classic St. Patrick's Day food idea. 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-flavor 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 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. 

Get the Braised Cabbage with Spicy Croutons recipe.

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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

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. 

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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. 

Get the Guinness Float recipe.

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. 

Get the Shamrock Milk Shake Cupcakes recipe. 

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. 

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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. 

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