Compiled by Lisa Anderson
If your ancestors were from Ireland, you get it.
St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal for my family. My mother is 50 percent Irish and proudly wears the obnoxious (although hilarious on her) shamrock glasses, headbands, scarves, and this year, a face mask. Green beer (or a grasshopper), Irish-inspired appetizers and entrees, and of course, some sort of green dessert fill the table on March 17th. You can bet that she’ll break out the green decor for a beautiful table setting, too.
Although my mom gets a kick out of green foods on this fabulous holiday, I enjoy diving into the more traditional cuisine. This year, I’ve gathered 5 traditional Irish recipes for your St. Patrick’s day table.
1. Shepherd’s Pie
An authentic shepherd’s pie is made with lamb. Anything else and it is known as a cottage pie with roots that lean more towards English than Irish. This Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie from Food.com is rich with flavor and a wine gravy that makes you wish every day was St. Patrick’s day.
2. Soda Bread
Sop up the gravy from your shepherd’s pie with Traditional Irish Soda bread from Country Side Cravings. With only 4 ingredients, you’ll want to make this easy recipe year-round.
Tired of shepherd’s pie, but you would still like a heaping bowl of mashed potatoes? Try colcannon (pronounced: coal-can-in). According to boulderlocavore.com, colcannon is usually served for Halloween. If you want to serve it for St. Patrick’s day, though, we won’t tell.
4. Irish Stew
It doesn’t get much more classic than this Simple Irish Stew from Feasting at Home. Get ready to bring out the lamb to keep it traditional, and serve it with a hunk of the delicious soda bread.
5. Whiskey “Soufflé” Pie
Whiskey, oranges, and potatoes? We highly recommend skipping the green dessert this year and trying your hand at this Orange Scented Whiskey ‘Soufflé’ Pie from Hungry Rabbit. Grab your eggs, orange zest, Yukon gold potatoes, Irish whiskey, and belly up to the kitchen counter for a pie that plays with both a classic and modern twist on the Irish dessert.
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Lisa is the creator, editor in chief, and creative director of The Chews Letter magazine. Lisa's work has been featured in Designer Original, In Fitness and In Health, and several community magazines. Find her on Instagram: @lisaandersonmedia | Clubhouse: @landersonmedia Follow The Chews Letter: @thechewsletter.com