St. Patrick's Day
St Patrick’s Day started as an Irish holiday called “The Feast of St Patrick” way back in the Dark Ages. It actually became an official holiday in the 17th century. The green beer part didn’t actually originate in Ireland though. That came along much later.
Neither did corned beef and cabbage originate there either for that matter. But both are just so typical of St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the US, so we might as well just roll with it, never mind any blarney otherwise.
Dishes For St Patrick’s Day
St Patrick is honored for turning the pagans to Christianity. (But the snake story spins a colorful yarn). However, now I think the day is as much about celebrating Irish culture, and with that comes a bit of cuisine. I have some of the traditional favorites, but also fun ways to shake things up a bit.
Like, corned beef and cabbage soup to change things up a bit.
While Irish food may not carry the snob appeal of French, it is equally delicious on its own merits. Because, when you think about it, Irish cuisine sets the bar for comfort food.
St Patrick’s Day Food Ideas
Corned beef you know is going to be everywhere. Markets stock up on it and the prices drop quickly, especially after the holiday. Doesn’t hurt to grab an extra one or two to freeze for a later date.
You can use corned beef in so many recipes! Like corned beef wontons. Reuben pot pies are a traditional classic. Reuben dip takes advantage of corned beef to make a great appetizer dip too.
St Patrick’s Day Desserts
Better save room for dessert! The opportunity for going green on St Patrick’s day desserts keeps things fresh… and green too.
Mint chocolate chip cookies of course make sense. But if you really want to catch a Leprechaun, then you are going to want to use the right bait! Ever tried an Irish Cream Cheesecake? I think I see it in your future… along with the jig you will be dancing after trying it.