25 Fun St. Patrick's Day Recipes
Here are some traditional—and not-so-traditional—recipes to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, from rich Irish cream milkshakes to hearty Irish stew.
Mocha Irish Milkshake
This milkshake actually has no milk. Why? Because the alcohol in the Irish cream speeds the melting of the ice cream. No milk means a perfect thick texture.
Berries and (Irish) Cream Milkshake
The alcohol in the Irish cream makes the ice cream melt faster, so it's added at the end and just blended in. All to ensure a thick, rich milkshake!
Smoky Cheese and Potato Soup
Smoked cheese, curry and paprika add depth of flavor to this easy potato soup. For St. Patrick's Day, decorate with shamrock-shaped toast topped with pesto.
These fruity green Shamrock Smoothies will bring out the Irish in you—no matter where your family tree originated. Blend frozen kiwifruit and banana, then add green grapes, yogurt, orange juice and honey. If your St. Patty's Day calls for an even more vivid drink, add some green food coloring!
Luck of the Irish Stew
Irish stew (recipe link above) was traditionally a thick, filling dish made with ingredients that were both inexpensive and easily available. The stew almost always included lamb (or occasionally goat), potatoes and onions. You can make our version with either boneless lamb or boneless beef chuck roast. Serve with Irish Soda Bread; golden raisins give this bread a hint of sweetness that complements the stew.
Salmon Potato Cakes
Bring a new flavor to salmon-a staple on the coasts of Ireland-with our quick-cooking fish-and-potato cakes. Serve on a bed of lettuce with honey-Dijon salad dressing on the side.
Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread
Traditional Irish soda bread is made from just flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. This recipe adds plump currants and orange zest for extra flavor. Toast leftover slices for breakfast!
Squash and Sausage Shepherd's Pie
Sweet Italian sausage and mashed butternut squash lend a contemporary twist to the traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie.
Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake
Combine chocolate, cream cheese, sour cream and Irish cream liqueur for this decadently rich cheesecake. If you prefer a milder liqueur flavor, use a little less Irish cream and add whipping cream or milk to make up the difference.
Beer-Glazed Sausage and Apples
Wheat beer lightly glazes smoked sausage, tender-crisp apples and green beans-a fresh take on the traditional Irish mix of sausage, onion and potatoes called Dublin Coddle.
Sage Potato Rolls
These potato-based yeast rolls are perfect for St. Patrick's Day. For an elegant presentation, decorate each roll with a sage leaf: Lightly dip the top of each dough ball into flour or brush with egg white. Top each with a sage leaf, brush with egg white, and place on prepared baking sheets.
Braised Beef Shanks with Mushrooms and Olives
Slow-cooking turns inexpensive beef shanks into tender, moist chunks. In this Irish-inspired recipe, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes carrots round out a flavorful beef broth.
Bacon and Baked Potato Soup
This cheesy potato soup with its salty-smoky crumbled bacon would be a great centerpiece for a St. Patrick's Day dinner. Bacon used to be a more common cooking ingredient in Ireland than corned beef because it was more readily available. Serve this hearty soup with scones or Luck o' the Irish Whole-Wheat Bread.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Long, slow cooking tenderizes the brisket, which is the centerpiece of this hearty, one-dish meal. To round out your dinner, you could serve purchased shamrock-shaped cookies or shamrock-topped cupcakes and green tea or limeade.
St. Patrick's Day Beef and Veggies
Simmer meat and potatoes in a flavorful broth for this traditional St. Patrick's Day dish. Spinach, carrots and onions add color plus an updated twist to the recipe.
Orange-Spiced Corned Beef
Dried fruit, orange juice, molasses, and spices dress up corned beef with lively new flavor in this slow-cooker recipe.
Savoy Cabbage Salad
Cabbage has been a staple Irish flavor for years. This Savoy Cabbage Salad offers a fresh twist on this reliable side dish. We added the noodles uncooked. They soften some while chilling, but still add crunch.
Lamb and Vegetable Stew
Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, parsnip and celery highlight this traditional Irish stew.
Minty Roasted Lamb Chops
Coat lamb shops with a mixture of olive oil and fresh mint leaves for an easy, elegant holiday dish. Serve with pureed peas for an extra dollop of green!
Boxty will remind you of potato pancakes. It gets a crispy crust when you fry the potatoes in melted butter.
Pancetta-Feta Red Cabbage
Our warmed red cabbage salad easily complements meat and chicken dishes. The dressing brings tang, and the baconlike pancetta offers addictive salty flavor.
Irish Coffee Brownies
As warmly welcoming as the traditional Irish beverage, these brownies have a little whiskey in the batter and a little more in the glaze.
St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes
Celebrate the luck o' the Irish by serving these festive green cupcakes loaded with chocolate chips.
Choose your favorite stout beer and ginger beer or ginger ale for this British cocktail favorite. Another variation: Combine equal parts of beer and lemonade.
Chocolate Stout Shakes
Stir crushed pretzels into this thick ice cream-and-stout drink for added crunch.
Make your St. Patrick's Day side dish extra-special with cheese-stuffed Yukon Gold potatoes.
Green food coloring, green colored sugar and a touch of peppermint (or vanilla) make these slice-and-bake cookies holiday-special.