St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas
Today’s guest post comes to us from Kristen, and she has prepared a wonderful meal for St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day Meal
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I’m sure you’re as excited as we are. This is a perfect time for families to gather at the table and enjoy a hearty feast—with matching green outfits to boot!
The traditional menu that we’ve always loved makes this occasion extra special. But we don’t want to spend hours holed up in the kitchen and miss all the fun. So I compiled a list of old favorites that doesn’t require slaving away at the kitchen all day. With these recipes, you’ll have more than enough energy to spare for the St. Paddy’s parade.
Irish soda bread is first on our menu. It’s customary to carve an X on the top of the dough before baking to ward off evil spirits. Everyone will love this because it’s generously slathered with butter. Don’t forget to save yourself a slice!
- 3 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
- ¾ cup raisins or currants
1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.
2. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
3. In another bowl, beat eggs and stir in sour cream.
4. Add the egg and sour cream mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon.
5. Add the raisins and caraway seeds. Knead for about 2-3 minutes until smooth.
6. With floured hands, place batter in a greased 9-inch round spring form pan.
7. Using a knife, make a crisscross on the top, about 4 inches wide and ¼ inch deep.
8. Bake for 50 minutes.
Irish corned beef and cabbage is the star of a St. Patrick’s feast. It may take a lot of time on the stove, but it is pretty easy to do. The long wait is definitely worth it.
- 4 lbs. corned beef, preferably top rib or silverside
- 2-3 large onions, peeled
- 6 cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3 pieces each
- 4-6 potatoes, peeled and halved
- 1 medium-sized green cabbage, cut into quarters
- Salt and pepper
1. Put the corned beef into a large pot with the onions, and bay leaves.
2. Cover with cold water, and then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and then simmer for 2 hours, until the beef is tender. Skim off the scum as it rises.
3. Add carrots and potatoes, and then simmer for another 15 minutes.
4. Put in the cabbage, and then simmer for 5 more minutes.
5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
6. Slice the corned beef on the serving platter and place vegetables on the side. Serve with mustard.
Ireland is renowned for their most popular beer, Guinness. Its unique sweetness and deep flavor makes it popular for all kinds of cooking, especially in desserts. Chocolate Guinness Cake uses the dark beer to make for an extra moist pastry with a distinct malt flavor; perfectly safe for the little ones. Alternatively, you can also use this recipe for cupcakes instead.
- 1 cup Guinness
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- For the frosting:
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whip cream
1. Pre-heat oven to at 350°F.
2. Grease bottom and sides of a 9-inch round spring form pan. Line with parchment paper*.
3. In a small saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from heat, then whisk in sugar and cocoa.
4. Add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla into the beer mixture.
5. Whisk flour and baking soda, and then mix in beer mixture with a wooden spoon until well-combined.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes** or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove from the pan, and then transfer to cake platter.
7. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream. Beat until smooth.
8. Apply frosting on top of the cake so that it resembles a frothy pint of beer.
You can use muffin pans with paper liners if you’re making cupcakes
18-20 minutes for cupcakes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean
This is a holiday about finding good luck and happiness, but we just have to look at our loved ones’ faces to know that we’ve already found our pot of gold. Celebrate your good fortune by serving a delicious St. Patrick’s Day feast for your family. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
Kristen works as a freelance writer for Backyard Ocean, an online store for above ground swimming pools, inflatable pool toys, and accessories. A work-at-home mom, she also loves to cook and spend time with her daughter in the kitchen.