New York shuts down 5th Avenue for the parade. Chicago famously dyes its river green. Boston’s planning a pub crawl complete with Celtic music (among many other things). But you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day no matter where you live with Irish American and Irish-inspired recipes. If you plan on serving up traditional fare, check out our recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage.
Looking for a twist on familiar flavors? We asked five food bloggers what they’ll be dishing up on March 17th — their answers may surprise you. Read on to see how each foodie put her own tasty spin on the tried-and true.
The traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe is pretty spare — baking soda, flour, buttermilk and salt — and that’s it. Those on this side of the pond are probably more familiar with the Americanized version, which typically adds sugar, eggs, butter and raisins or caraway seeds. Alexandra Stafford, the writer behind the blog Alexandra's Kitchen, has developed a recipe that’s somewhere in the middle. She dresses up the original version — just a little — with an egg, a little bit of sugar and a couple of tablespoons of melted butter. The result? A warm, delicious (somewhat biscuit-y) Irish Soda Bread that’s not (too) sweet and is begging to be slathered with more butter.
If you’re all about easy set-it-and-forget-it dinners, check out Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage from Amanda Plott, the Austin-based home cook and blogger behind The Skinny Fork. According to Amanda, you can lighten up the dish by trimming the fat off your corned beef before tossing it into your slow-cooker — the water and steam heat will keep the meat perfectly moist. (Try it with our pre-packaged Wellshire Farms Corned Beef, which is made without synthetic nitrates or nitrites.)
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Heather Blake, a Colorado realtor by day and a food blogger by night, re-imagined the traditional Irish American dinner as a crisp Corned Beef and Cabbage Salad with sliced corned beef, shredded cabbage, cubed cheese and an apple cider vinegar dressing. Pack it up on St. Patrick’s Day for a light, festive lunch.
Amy Sheree, the food stylist and photographer behind AmySheree.com came up with something to make for breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day — or even a handy solution for all those leftovers on the 18th. A poached egg and cubed sweet potato are all you need to turn last night’s dinner into Corned Beef Breakfast Hash.
Can’t imagine your St. Patrick’s Day without a glass of your favorite creamy stout? Just be sure to save two cups of chocolate or oatmeal stout for Chocolate Stout Cake with Fresh Figs, a spicy chocolate-y cake. Molly Siegler, Whole Foods Market’s Food Editor, likes this rich dessert with a little whipped cream.
Want even more ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? We asked our friends at Guinness for their 3 favorite ways to cook with their famous stout.