While one of the best parts of any holiday is the food, St. Patrick’s Day has its own selection of treats that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds and get you into the Irish spirit. If you do not feel like going out this St. Patrick’s Day, embrace your inner chef and make a homemade meal at home with the ones you love! You do not have to be Irish to enjoy these because as they say “everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” Here are 6 food items you can whip together this weekend!
1. Corned beef/Ham and cabbage
This is one of the most famous meals cooked on St. Patrick’s Day. While the tradition is to make Corned Beef with cabbage, some people substitute it with Ham. Throw it in the crockpot in the morning, let it sit, and voila– you have a delicious, traditional Irish meal.
3-4lbs corned beef brisket*
– 6 potatoes (peeled & quartered)
– 4-6 medium carrots (peeled & cut into 3-4 pieces)
– 1 medium onion (cut into 4-8 wedges)
– 1 head cabbage (cut into 6-8 wedges)
– 1 (12oz) bottle of Guinness
– 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 bay leaf
– 2 T brown sugar + dash of cloves mixed on meat
You can find this recipe and a step by step guide at Mom Endeavors!
2. Irish Potato Candy
The infamous Irish Potatoes are an Irish delicacy that originated in Philadelphia. If you are not familiar with these, do not worry! Not only are they delicious, but they are quick and easy to make and especially fun to do with children! Why not try something new this St. Patrick’s Day?!
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (1/2 package)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
Eventually all of these ingredients will be rolled up and formed into a ball. Although that sounds easy enough, there is a process to creating the dough and you can find this recipe and that process on Simply Whisked!
3. Homemade shamrock shakes
Around this time of year, McDonald’s is known for their Shamrock Shakes. These green milkshakes have become iconic and something that most people look forward to each year. If you are craving one, but do not feel like going out– make it at home! All you need is:
1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream.
1/2 cup whole milk.
10 drops green food coloring.
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Throw it into a blender and there you go! A shamrock shake! This is a simple recipe that is sure to satisfy those late night cravings and can be found on Epicurious!
Pro tip: If you are a fan of the infamous, Thin Mint, Girl Scout Cookies– add some chocolate ice cream into the mix! It’s not the actual cookie, but it tastes pretty close!
4. Irish Soda Bread
Once again, this recipe is a staple around this time of year in Irish families. Irish Soda Bread sounds more complicated than it actually is! This 8 ingredient recipe is not only scrumptious but it smells great when it is cooking! To find the steps of creating this perfect Irish Soda Bread recipe, check out Simply Recipes!
4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup currants or raisins
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
5. Lucky Charms Dessert
Ah, yes Lucky Charms! This popular sugary cereal is known for its sweet marshmallow bites that come in a variety of shapes representing some of the most recognizable Irish symbols such as a 4-leaf clover. These marshmallows are not only good to have for breakfast but they make a great dessert as well. Whether you put them on top of your green frosted cupcakes or mix them into your rice krispie treats–your taste buds will be pleased with this sweet treat!
6. Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse
This is a recipe for our 21 and older crowd! Bailey’s Irish Cream is an ingredient found in many desserts. While it is alcohol, it makes for a great ingredient that gives an exquisite flavor. If you are looking for the perfect dessert for you and your friends, Lemon Tree Dwelling, has the recipe for you!
2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
2 Tbsp. cold water
1/4 c. boiling water
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder for a more intense chocolate flavor, add 1 additional Tbsp.
1 1/2 c. heavy cream very cold
1/2 c. Baileys Irish Cream very cold
1 tsp. Vanilla
This is a chocolate treat that is a fantastic way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and will definitely leave you wanting more!
There are so many amazing Irish meals that you can make right in the comfort of your own home this St. Patrick’s Day. Invite your friends over and have your own festive, Irish party! Be safe, eat well, and have fun this weekend! 🍀