Hearty St. Patrick’s Day Foods That are So Much Better Than Green Beer

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St. Patrick’s Day isn’t really about drinking neon green beer. If you’re looking for a more substantial way to celebrate the holiday, put together a menu of traditional Irish fare to pay tribute to the Emerald Isle in style.

 Looking for more Irish classics to round out a festive menu? Try some of our favorite renditions of classic pub grub.


guinness marinated bison steak sandwiches

Ken Burris

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Guinness-Marinated Bison Steak Sandwiches

This open-face “fork and knife” sandwich is piled with slices of Guinness-marinated bison steak, mushrooms, and red onion.

Recipe: Guinness-Marinated Bison Steak Sandwiches

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Dublin Bay Prawn Bisque

Creamy and spicy, this update on the classic Irish soup will impress any foodie and is hearty enough to be a meal in itself.Recipes: Dublin Bay Prawn Bisque

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Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Soda breads are hearty Irish staples — wholemeal flour with large flakes of bran and wheat germ, or white flour or a mixture leavened with baking soda and moistened with buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda, which is an alkali, creating bubbles of carbon dioxide which rise the bread. Soda breads have the heft of a yeast bread but are made in minutes and the dough can be shaped into scones or a round loaf, depending on the occasion. Originally it would have been baked in a bastible (pot oven) over the open fire.

Recipe: Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Beef Hand Pies

This St. Patrick’s Day, tuck the makings of traditional beef-and-potato stew into flaky pastries you can bake straight from the freezer.

Recipe: Irish Beef Hand Pies

Ken Burris

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Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew

Chicken thighs can take plenty of cooking without getting tough or drying out, which makes them perfect for the slow cooker. Here we braise them in Guinness stout along with hearty vegetables, with just the right amount of bacon for added savoriness.

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew

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Simple Poached Salmon

A beautifully poached piece of salmon is clean tasting and light. There’s only one rule: Don’t overcook.

Recipe: Simple Poached Salmon

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Homemade Corned Beef with Vegetables

Here, the traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage is supplemented with turnips, carrots, and boiled potatoes. Serve with a loaf of freshly baked Irish soda bread.

Recipe: Homemade Corned Beef with Vegetables

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Irish Lamb Stew

This satisfying stew, filled with tender lamb and vegetables simmered in a beer-based broth, is just the cure for a chilly evening.

Recipe: Irish Lamb Stew

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This traditional Irish potato dish can be assembled up to two hours ahead and browned just before serving.

Recipe: Colcannon

Jonny Valiant

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Ploughman’s Platter

This impressive spread will satisfy for lunch or dinner, any night of the week — no cooking required!

Recipe: Ploughman’s Platter

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Irish Beef and Stout Stew

Warm up with a comforting bowl of this easy freezer-friendly beef stew.

Recipe: Irish Beef and Stout Stew

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Irish Soda Bread

Hearty Irish soda bread is easy to make. It’s welcome any time of year but is essential on St. Patrick’s Day.

Recipe: Irish Soda Bread

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Red Potato Colcannon

There are countless variations on this classic Irish potato-and-cabbage combination — ours is made with steamed red potatoes, sautéed cabbage, and just a touch of butter.

Recipe: Red Potato Colcannon

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Cheddar-Ale Soup

Take the chill off a cold winter’s night with this creamy cheese- and beer-lover’s soup. Make it a meal: Serve with hearty whole-grain farm bread and a salad dressed with a tangy vinaigrette.

Recipe: Cheddar-Ale Soup

Fredrika Stjärne

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Spiced Beef Sandwich

Tender spiced beef is great to have on hand for lunch or a quick snack, with pickles and coleslaw. Allow plenty of time: This needs several days to marinate and at least 7 hours of cooking time before serving.

Recipes: Spiced Beef Sandwich

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Bread and Butter Pudding with Whiskey Crème Anglaise

Bread and butter pudding with whiskey crème anglaise is made with buttered slices of brioche and spiked custard sauce.

Recipe: Bread and Butter Pudding with Whiskey Crème Anglaise

The Pierre Hotel Classic Irish Coffee

This classic winter drink requires only a few seconds and a few key ingredients to make. Using freshly brewed coffee and a good quality Irish whiskey are crucial to making the best possible version.

Recipe: The Pierre Hotel Classic Irish Coffee

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Indulgently cheesy St. Patrick’s Day dips

Source:  http://www.sheknows.com/ – Brandy O’Neill

Classic St. Paddy’s Day Flavors Turned Dips

Dip the night away with this flavorful cheese and Guinness dip and hot Reuben dip. They pair perfectly with homemade rye breadsticks.

St. Patrick’s Day is all about having a good time. Lots of good food, drinks and laughter. These indulgent cheesy dips are the perfect party appetizers and are scooped up with homemade rye breadsticks. Trust me, you’re going to love all of these dishes!

1 Hot Reuben dip recipe

Hot Reuben dip

First up we have a hot Reuben dip. It gives you all the flavor of your favorite sandwich but in hot dip form.

Yields 6 servings


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup shredded corned beef, cooked
  • 3/4 cup drained sauerkraut
  • 1/2 cup Russian dressing
  • 1/3 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick spray.
  2. In a bowl of an electric mixer, add cream cheese, 3/4 cup Swiss cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and sour cream.
  3. Mix on low until smooth and combined.
  4. Add to prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes until bubbly and hot.
  6. Serve with rye breadsticks, chips or crackers.
2 Guinness and Irish cheddar cheese dip recipe

Guinness and Irish cheddar cheese dip

Next up we have a super-simple cold Irish dip. It’s full of Irish cheddar and Guinness beer.

Yields 6 servings


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded sharp Irish cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Guinness beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Small handful flat-leaf parsley


  1. Add cream cheese, shredded cheese, mustard and heavy cream to a food processor. Process to combine.
  2. Add in Guinness beer, garlic powder, paprika and parsley.
  3. Process once again just to combine. Add to a bowl and let sit for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Serve with rye breadsticks, chips or crackers.
3 Rye breadsticks recipe

Homemade rye breadsticks

Last we have easy and delicious rye breadsticks. Use these as dippers for either of your cheesy dips.

Adapted from Food.com

Yields 16


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (temperature 115 degrees F)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups white whole-wheat flour, divided
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds


  1. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat liner, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add yeast, 1/2 cup water and maple syrup. Give a gentle stir and let sit for about 5 minutes or until the yeast looks slightly bubbly.
  3. Add in in remaining water, 1 cup white whole-wheat flour, bread flour, rye flour and caraway seeds. Sprinkle in remaining flour until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Flour a clean working surface and dump out dough. Knead by hand for 6-8 minutes. Make sure to add more flour while kneading if the dough gets sticky or sticks to the work surface.
  5. Using a bench knife, divide dough into 16 equal pieces.
  6. Roll each into a 10-inch-long breadstick.
  7. Add to the prepared baking sheet, lightly cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  8. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown.
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Ireland Inspires’ video for St. Patrick’s Day


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Irish Coffee

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Keep warm with this delicious Irish coffee recipe from 52 Kitchen Adventures.

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Irish Red Ale Truffles

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These treats incorporate a great local brew – Garrison Brewery’s Irish Red Ale, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day I say.  From the Garrison site” “This classic beer style was inspired by centuries of Celtic brewing history, Specialty kilned malts such as dark caramel and munich dominate the Irish Red resulting in a ruby red colour and smooth malty taste”  A perfect description if I say so myself.

Plus, since these just a little of the ale, you get to enjoy the leftovers, maybe even WITH your chocolate.  Win win!

You will make these in two or three phases, that is if you plan to dip them, as I did.  So leave yourself some time for the rolled chocolates to firm up before you dip them. Truffles are also tasty rolled in cocoa, confectioners or cane sugar, or even nuts or coconut, and this will also save you some time and…

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How Did That Start: Getting from St. Patrick to St. Patrick’s Day


St Patties

You’ve heard, I suppose, long ago,
How the snakes in a manner most antic,
He marched to the County Mayo,
And trundled them into th’Atlantic. Hence not to use water for drink
The people of Ireland determine With mighty good reason, I think,
Since St Patrick has filled it with vermin,
And vipers and other such stuff. – WILLIAM MAGINN

Who was St. Patrick

In roughly 430 AD, a young Roman living in Britain, named Patricius, was wandering about his father’s lands when a fleet of 50 currachs (longboats) weaved its way toward the shore. These boats were helmed by Irish Raiders, whose quickly came in, burned down the village, and whisked young Patricius along with other villagers away. At the time there was no Roman army to protect them (Roman legions had long since deserted Britain to protect Rome from barbarian invasions).

After being sold off to a goat herder (other accounts…

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Caramel Apple & Irish Whiskey Clafoutis

Lea & Jay


Have mercy! Is it the weekend yet? I’ve got just the perfect weekend lazing around and drinking early brunch dish for you. A Caramel Apple & Irish Whiskey Clafoutis! Wowzers right?!! A clafoutis is a french dessert that consists of baked fruit (usually cherries) in a flan like batter. I found this wonderful whiskey splashed Irish twist on that classic French dish over at Edible Ireland  (love that site! – great recipes, beautiful photography – what more could you want)and just couldn’t wait to make it. (as if the weekend could mosey on up any slower…)


Now I know of few of you folks out there are probably smirking and thinking “Yeah, so much for her lazy weekend if she was making some sort of French thing, which you just know has to be time-consuming, complicated and annoying!” Oh I am so happy to say that you would be…

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St. Patrick’s Day Snacks

The Educated Nanny

St. Patrick’s Day is headed our way! Have you thought about activities to do with the kids for this lucky time of year? Here are a few snacks and foods you can make with the kids to enjoy.

Embrace Your Chaos has an article featuring awesome ideas for snacks to make with your charges for St. Patty’s Day!


I also really like this idea below of rainbow pudding cups! Found on in the know mom blog!


Have a colorful holiday! 🙂

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Irish Leek & Cheddar Tart

OMG! does that look good.

Lea & Jay


There’s more than one day to a weekend. At least that’s what I’ve been told, even though it often feels like the weekend only spans a couple of hours, whereas the work week seems to go on for a bit shy of eternity. Well yesterday, I gave you a great brunch recipe for that Caramel Apple & Irish Whiskey Clafoutis, but I’ve got another great one all lined up for today and since the weekend seems to still be lingering around a bit, maybe you could jump on into the kitchen and whip up this Irish Leek & Cheddar Tart.


Though this delicious tart should not be relegated to the breakfast/brunch time slot by any means. Truth be told though, we’ve added a simple green salad and eaten this tart for lunch or dinner just as many times as it has appeared in the morning. We are big leek…

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Leek and Potato Soup

Love the shamrock crouton.

This little piggy went to the farmers market

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner here’s something naturally green, very easy and cheap to make: leek and potato soup with a shamrock crouton.


The recipe is over on my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids.  There’s no need to wait to the 17th to make this.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!

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