What Do the Irish Eat for St. Patrick's Day?

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Serve more than cabbage on your St. Patrick's Day table.

Irish food is more than just potatoes and cabbage. On St. Patrick's Day, if you are looking for traditional Irish recipes to serve to your family and friends, there is an abundance of traditional Irish dishes. Though potatoes and cabbage are a staple in Irish cuisine, foods like corned beef, stews and dishes prepared with potatoes should be on the menu as well.


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Soda Bread

Soda bread is a traditional Irish staple that has been around since the early 19th century. This side dish creates crusty and zesty bread that goes well with stews or is good by itself. Though modern recipes have raisins and other items added into the dough, the traditional recipe does not involve any of these added ingredients.

Corned Beef

The traditional meal of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day is a plate of corned beef and cabbage. Since the turn of the last century, corned beef has been served on Irish tables during the holiday and is prepared with a corned beef brisket, onions, garlic, potatoes, spices and carrots in a Dutch oven.



Stews are a staple in the Irish household and can be prepared with lamb, potatoes or Limerick ham. Though the Irish traditionally prepared stews in a Dutch oven, you can make a Limerick stew or Irish lamb stew at home by using a crock pot or even a large stock pot.


Boxty, or Irish potato griddle cakes, is a popular dish served on St. Patrick's Day. These griddle cakes are made with shredded potato, mashed potatoes, flour, egg, milk and shredded onion. Cooked just like a traditional pancake on a griddle, these treats can be served for breakfast or dinner.



In traditional Irish cuisine, cabbage is prepared with a corned beef or boiled ham. Cabbage is cooked in large wedges in a Dutch oven over low heat for several hours until it becomes soft and falls into strips. Cabbage can be prepared using an Irish stout or other beer as well, but traditionally is cooked without beer.


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