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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Daily Meal

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Daily Meal


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As the Irish holiday approaches, get ready with our thorough and authentic guide

Get in gear for St. Patrick's Day with us!

Get your drinking hats on — St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here! Before you tuck more green beers, pints of Guinness, and shots of whiskey than you can count, take a look at our guide that shares everything you need to know about how to celebrate the holiday successfully.

The Daily Meal is bringing you everything from corned beef and cabbage to a sweet stout-filled chocolate cake, along with a look at how the Irish celebrate, alternative ways to party, and a great guide for kids.

We’ll take you on a journey through the history of some of Ireland’s traditions, and stop along the way to see some of the finest dining options in Dublin. If you’re staying in town, we’ve got a ton of bar recommendations from coast to coast, with the best hangover dishes to match for the morning after.

If you’re hosting a party of your own, don’t fret — party themes, menus, playlists, and treats for kids await you.

Lastly — and most importantly — we’ve got a bevy of beer, cocktail, and whiskey recipes as well as non-alcoholic sips, because, really, what’s St. Patrick’s Day without a drink?

So grab your Irish pride — even if it’s just for a day — and party with us!


Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes

A selection of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes—including soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, hearty Irish stew, and colcannon—many of which come from our lovely Irish-American readers!

Many of these recipes contributed by readers were passed down across many generations. We have more versions of Irish Soda Bread than we could count, so if you aren’t keen on the recipe we listed below, search our recipe database for alternatives! Have a delicious St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Breads & Baked Goods

Irish Oatmeal Scones
Lovely scones with oats and currants. Great for a St. Paddy’s Day breakfast!


Irish Oatmeal Scones. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Irish Tea Barmbrack
A traditional recipe (from Dublin, Ireland) for making a delicious Irish barmbrack loaf—and using up leftover tea!

Irish Soda Bread
This Irish Soda Bread recipe uses baking soda and baking powder to create a lighter, scone-like loaf.

Irish Dinner Recipes

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Not much beats corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Enjoy this classic recipe!


Corned Beef and Cabbage. Photo credit: Catherine Boeckmann

Pot Roast, Irish-Style
A classic pot roast with potatoes and carrots.

Corned Beef Brisket With Spring Vegetables
An alternative corned beef recipe for you to try.

Irish Beef Stew
This hearty Irish Beef Stew is rich, flavorful, and comforting. The secret weapon? A cup of Guinness stout adds a deeper, more complex flavor.


Irish Beef Stew. Photo Credit: Sumner’s Graphics Inc./Getty Images

Irish Lamb Stew
Mint jelly and hot biscuits are a must with this traditional dish.

Braised Lamb Shanks
A solid recipe for making tender, tasty lamb.

Lazy Man’s Beef Stew
Beef stew is comfort food at its finest. When it’s paired with crusty bread, a hearty meal in born!


Lazy Man’s Beef Stew. Photo Credit: Catherine Boeckmann

Irish-Style Potato Dishes

Dill and Potato Cakes
This recipe combines two classic flavors in a simple and savory way. Six ingredients turn into a scrumptious and sophisticated side dish.


Dill and Potato Cakes. Photo by Colleen Quinnell.

Irish Potato Biscuits
A different sort of biscuit that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and goes well with a corned beef or meat stew.

Bella Cullen’s Colcannon
Colcannon is an Irish dish that traditionally pairs mashed potatoes with cabbage. Here, we substitute cabbage with kale for a modern twist (but feel free to stick with cabbage, if you prefer). It’s a great companion for corned beef and Irish soda bread.


Colcannon. Photo by Nickola Chess/Shutterstock

Auntie Ei’s Guaranteed Smashed Potatoes
Auntie Ei has managed to improve upon the foolproof Irish whipped potatoes with this creamy, artery-clogging version. Eat at your own risk!

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Bake up some Irish-themed treats for a sweet ending to St. Patrick’s Day!

Luck of the Irish Peppermint Brownies
Give this almost-too-pretty-to-eat brownie recipe a try. Not a fan of peppermint? Just omit the mint extract!


Peppermint Brownies. Photo by Letterberry/Getty Images

Darby Cream Pie
An eggnog-flavored chiffon pie with chocolate-whipped-cream topping. “Rich” doesn’t even come close to describing it. Two layers give the pie an elegant appearance.

Irish Potato Pie
This recipe, with slight adjustments, was brought over “on the boat” by the cook’s great-great-aunt in the 1880s.


Irish Potato Pie. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Olive’s Shortbread
This sinfully rich and buttery shortbread from an Irish cook. It’s rather thicker than some but still beautifully baked through.

Irish Breakfast Ideas

Corned Beef Hash With Eggs
What to do with leftover corned beef? Make corn beef hash! This dish is delicious the morning after St. Patrick’s!


Corned Beef Hash with Eggs. Photo by David P. Smith/Shutterstock

Murphy’s Irish Toast
This variation on French toast is made unique by the addition of Irish Cream Liquor.

Related Content

Who was St. Patrick? What does St. Patrick’s Day actually celebrate? Visit our St. Patrick’s Day page to find out!

What will you eat for St. Patrick’s Day this year? Let us know in the comments!


Serving size: 3 ounces
Nutrition: 213 calories, 16 g fat, 827 mg sodium

Corned beef is a popular Irish-American dish, but dieters should steer clear of it on St. Paddy's. The fatty cuts of meat are doused in salt, so the sodium and saturated fat intake quickly add up. Find out the Best Cuts of Meat for Weight Loss for your best protein-packed swap.


18 Recipes for Saint Patrick’s Day!

I’ve got 18 deeeelish Saint Patrick’s Day recipes for you!

It’s the little things to look forward to, right?

Even though my family is Irish, we never really celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a special meal when I was growing up. It wasn’t until I started developing recipes consistently that I made something “special” every March – and then when the kids came along, I really started to celebrate the day. It’s so fun to celebrate any micro holiday with them and they love it!

Below you’ll find lots of my favorite snack, dinner and dessert ideas for March 17th! I love making something festive for dinner and maybe a treat that is extra fun. The kids love it too!

This year, I think I’m going with my guinness pot pie and maybe the rice krispy treats? It’s so hard to decide. Which dish looks best to you?!


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Here are eight tasty Irish dishes to help you celebrate Saint Paddy’s day!

This hearty lamb stew is certain to warm up your St Patrick’s Day celebrations - with two types of potato and chunks of tender meat.

1.8kg middle necks of lamb, filleted

650g floury potatoes, such as King Edward

650g waxy potato, such as Desirée or Pentland Javelin

chopped fresh chives and parsley, to garnish

3 litres of vegetable or lamb stock

Step 1: Reduce your stock down by boiling it in a pan

Step 2: Prepare the stew - cut the lamb into large chunks and peel the potatoes (keeping both types separate) and cut into similar chunks to those of the meat. Put the two different types of potato in separate bowls of water to keep them white. Peel the carrots and cut into slightly smaller pieces. Slice the onions into thick rings.

Step 3: Add the lamb and stock into a large pot and bring to the boil.

Skim any impurities off the surface of the skew, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Add the floury potatoes, carrots and onions. Season generously and simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 5: Add the waxy potatoes and thyme. Simmer until the lamb is tender (15-20 minutes). Take off the heat, cover and leave for 15 minutes. Garnish and serve.

Creamy colcannon is a staple mashed potato dish in Irish cuisine, made from the main ingredients used by many families in Ireland - potatoes, bacon, cabbage and cream.

It is usually served as a side accompaniment to Irish Stew or beef sausages.


Our Favorite St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day quite like whiskey, dry stouts and a splash of green. Celebrate the holiday with these tasty desserts, cocktails and side dishes that infuse Irish ingredients with traditional flavors.

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Matcha Green Tea Gimlet

Give your St. Patrick's Day outfit the full effect with a green cocktail in hand. Sweet matcha powder, lime, simple syrup and gin combine to create a drink that's sweet, tart and incredibly delicious.

Chocolate Stout Pudding

St. Patrick's Day is perfect for combining dry stouts, like Irish favorite Guinness, with dessert. This stout-infused chocolate pudding and topping is the ideal treat for the holiday.

Irish Nacho Dip

Flavored with stout beer, this hearty nacho dip is delicious served with potato chips, or turn it up a notch by serving it with French fries or tater tots.

Naked Rainbow Layer Cake

Get the luck of the Irish this St. Paddy's Day with a naked rainbow layer cake. This cake is simple to make, but your friends will think you're a pro.

Lucky Vanilla Cupcakes

Give family and friends St. Patrick's Day luck with festive vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate horseshoes and colorful ground pistachios.

Irish Soda Bread

Reminiscent of an American buttermilk biscuit, this Irish soda bread is quick and simple to make. Hot out of the oven, it's perfect to serve along with savory meals or with a bit of jam for breakfast.

Whiskey Cake in a Jar

Attention whiskey lovers: We have a recipe that combines your favorite alcohol with cake batter &mdash in a jar. Plus, it's infused with a creamy Irish whiskey butter sauce that's irresistible to taste buds.

Celtic Knot Cookies

This year for St. Patrick's Day, replicate a traditional Celtic knot in the form of a graham cracker-flavored cookie. Don't worry, it's easier to make than it looks, and is the perfect accompaniment to a strong cup of coffee.

Chocolate Stout Cake Pops

These cake pops have an Irish twist because they're infused with stout. Decorate them with gold sprinkles to represent a pot of gold.

Apple Amber

Apple amber is an Irish dessert of pureed apples topped with sweet, airy meringue. Many modern versions of the dessert, like this one, repackage the basic dish as a pie or tart, but with few ingredients and simple preparation, it remains a great way to celebrate the holiday with a traditional dessert from the Emerald Isle.

Shamrock Crispy Rice Treats

Your kids will love this take on the classic crispy rice treats, and so will you because they're naturally dyed with spinach.


This St. Patrick’s Day, ditch the green food coloring and make these 6 Irish recipes instead

Every St. Patrick’s Day, one thing is a given: You will be bombarded with green food. A lot of it is not so appealing, and a lot of it has absolutely nothing to do with actual Irish cuisine. We can do better.

Check out these dishes with roots in the Emerald Isle from our archives. And, yes, there is even some green.

Shepherd’s Pie, above. This is about as classic as shepherd’s pie gets, chock full of ground lamb and covered with a sea of mashed potatoes. You also have the option to make one big pie or four individual servings. (For a meatless option, check out this Lentil-Mushroom Farmer’s Pie With Turmeric Cauliflower Mash from Food editor Joe Yonan.)

Beef and Stout Stew. Grab a case of Guinness — some for you and some for this stew. It’s hearty and comforting and will fill your house with enticing aromas during the several hours that it cooks.


What do we really know of St. Patrick, in who’s honor patrons don green? To look around at the way modern-day folk celebrate St. Patrick’s day, you’d think it all had to do with shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, and the ever-famous pot of gold at the end of them. Well, that and the traditional “wearing of the green” to prevent any pinching that might occur on March 17th each year. But there is actually some wonderful truth that we can celebrate at this holiday and can pass along to the children in our lives.

For as far as history can tell, the story goes like this:

At about the age of 16, Patrick, a Scottish young man born into wealth sometime in the late fourth century, most likely around 385, was violently captured by Irish raiders and forced into a life of slavery. Patrick later escaped and was reunited with his family, but in a dream, felt called by God back to Ireland to spread Christianity to the people of that isle. So, this godly young man set about to make this dream come true.

Patrick prayed for God’s strength and then studied scripture to ready himself. Then He was prepared to return to the land of his captivity. He preached the Gospel and built churches throughout the country until his death on March 17, 461. For the modern-day Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is considered a time for spiritual renewal as they fondly remember the slave-turned-evangelist who spread Christianity to the Emerald Isle.

For our family today, we feel we can use him as an example of what a young person, sold out for God can do in their generation.


7. Boiled Cabbage

Like potatoes, cabbage is one of Ireland&rsquos most beloved crops due to its cost efficiency. Though you&rsquove likely noshed on it alongside a few slabs of corned beef, cabbage was traditionally boiled in one pot with Irish bacon, then shredded and served with butter. While we&rsquore all for authenticity, might we suggest making these roasted cabbage steaks instead? They&rsquore buttery, tender and dusted with salt, pepper and caraway seeds.


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