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Favorite St Patrick’s Day Food Ideas to Fall in Love With

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With March 17th around the corner, we’ve gathered, in one place, Favorite St Patrick’s Day food ideas. All cozy, delicious recipes, perfect for the occasion. From authentic Irish soda bread recipes to Irish pub favorites like chowder, shepherd’s pie and more. And of course you can’t forget shamrock desserts!

3 Favorite recipes for St. Patrick's Day

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Below you will find links to some of your and my favorite Irish recipes. All easy, delicious, and perfect for creating a St. Patrick’s Day meal you won’t soon forget!

But first, let’s get in the mood for all things Irish!

Why Do We Celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

This day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also celebrates the Irish heritage and culture which so many of us can trace our roots to (myself included). Celebrations vary but often include parades, festivals, parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green!

Why Do We Wear Green on St Patrick’s Day?

Did you know the original color associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue?

True. It wasn’t until the 18th century that green became the “color” of St. Patrick’s Day coinciding with the shamrock becoming the national symbol.

But green also represents the lush green grassy hills of Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle.

And then… there are the Leprechauns. Which is often the real reason people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day! The folk tradition believed that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns. And associated pinching that comes if you’re not wearing green.

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Favorite St Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

A Traditional Irish Lamb Stew | 31Daily.com

Traditional Irish Lamb Stew

If you crave tradition, this Irish Lamb Stew is much like recipes that have bubbled in Irish cauldrons for centuries. Tender lamb simmering in a fragrant broth with root vegetables is a perfect way to celebrate all things, Irish. For years, I served corned beef and cabbage, always a favorite, and then to mix it

St. Patrick's Day Appetizers to Kickstart the Party | 31Daily.com

St Patrick’s Day Appetizers

While Corned Beef or Irish Stew might be the main feast… try some of these favorite St Patrick’s Day Appetizers to get the party started.

Irish Soda Bread in Cast Iron Skillet

Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk and Raisins

Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk and Raisins is a favorite for St. Patrick’s Day. Soft and tender on the inside, with a hint of sweetness.

Sliced Brown Irish Soda Bread on a Round Wood Board

Traditional Brown Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Brown Irish Soda Bread is a classic quick bread that has stood the test of time. It's simple and quick to make, perfect for Irish stew or Dublin Coddle… or daily baking. Containing only 4 ingredients, it's a healthy and authentic way to enjoy Irish food.

Top side view of slow cooker corned beef and cabbage on a white serving platter with carrots and potatoes

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Discover the simplicity of crafting the much-loved classic Irish-American dish with this Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe. Indulge in the delectable and irresistible taste of the tender brisket, which is sure to melt in your mouth and leave you craving more.

Traditional Irish Colcannon in a terracotta serving dish.

Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe

Colcannon is a traditional Irish mashed potato dish, and is a hearty and comfort food classic in Ireland.

One Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage served in a white bowl close up.

Easy One Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage is often considered quintessential Irish fare for St. Patrick’s Day. A moist, tender and beautifully flavored brisket with comfort food favorites like potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. This recipe is made in one pot, including instructions for the stove, a slow cooker, or in a pressure cooker.

Bowl of Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup with Country Potato Bread

Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup

Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup is a hearty bowl of delicious comfort. Perfect for brisk days, it's a healthy soup that will warm your toes.

Easy Mini Irish Soda Bread | 31Daily.com

Easy Mini Irish Soda Bread

Easy Mini Irish Soda Bread is a treat for St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish Afternoon Tea, or any spring gathering. They’re moist and tender with melted butter, sweetened with raisins and rich with buttermilk. And to me… perfect in every way.

Corned Beef Hash in a Black Skillet on a wooden table.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Hash

Do you have leftover corned beef and cabbage from St. Patrick's Day? This Corned Beef Hash is a favorite way to use leftovers! Simple, easy and oh my, so delicious!

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage | 31Daily.com

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage may be my new favorite way to make this iconic St. Patrick’s Day meal. The corned beef is incredibly tender and flavorful and its reserved juices make the meat and veggies… perfect. Softly cooked in the pressure cooker and infused with the corned beef spices that make it a

Side view of Irish Cottage Pie in a white oval casserole dish with fresh parsley.

Easy Irish Cottage Pie Filling with Pastry

This traditional Irish Cottage Pie Filling recipe is an easy and tasty comfort food meal everyone loves. This family favorite is made with ground beef (mince) and vegetables baked in a delicious gravy filling topped with pastry and baked until perfectly golden brown. 

Top view of Irish Seafood Chowder on a wood serving board with Irish Soda Bread

Irish Seafood Chowder

Irish Seafood Chowder is delicious and filling comfort food… and is common fare in Irish pubs and restaurants. Serve with Irish Soda Bread for an authentic and delicious meal in 30 minutes or less!

Irish Baked Salmon and Cream Sauce on a platter with lemon slices

Irish Baked Salmon and Cream Sauce

This Irish Baked Salmon recipe is deliciously fresh and easy to make with Irish flavorings and simply baked in a foil packet on a sheet pan. The drizzle of Dill Cream Sauce, which almost makes itself, is utterly divine and easy.

Perfect Comfort Food: Cream of Potato Soup | 31Daily.com

Cream of Potato Soup: Perfect Comfort Soup

Easy to prepare in under 30 minutes, this warm Cream of Potato Soup is a perfect antidote for cold, wintry nights, brisk fall afternoons, rainy spring days… or any other day as well.

Deliciously Irish: A Potato Topped Shepherd's Pie Recipe | 31Daily.com

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe: Deliciously Irish

An easy comfort food, this Shepherd's Pie recipe is a delicious potato-topped ground lamb or beef casserole. Which is steeped in a flavorful sauce with vegetables that will bring to mind the beauty of Ireland. 

Irish Pub Skillet Dublin Coddle | 31Daily.com

Irish Pub Skillet Dublin Coddle

If you’re craving a taste of Ireland and Irish Pub comfort food, you will want to try this Irish Pub Skillet Dublin Coddle. Filled with the savory flavors of sausage and bacon, veggies and barley simmered in a fragrant broth.

Shamrock Cookies for St. Patrick's Day Desserts

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

These easy St. Patrick’s Day Desserts recipes are fun, festive, and mostly dressed up in green and white, These Irish-inspired desserts are perfect for celebrating, simple to make, and utterly delicious.

Cast Iron Apple Cake in a parchment lined cast iron skillet on a green wood background.

Cast Iron Irish Apple Cake

This moist and tender Cast Iron Irish Apple Cake recipe is an easy traditional dessert in Ireland. This heritage apple cake recipe is a simple and tasty dessert everyone will love, with simple flavors and just a hint of spice!

Slice of Apple Crumble Cake with the whole cake in the background.

Irish Apple Crumble Cake

This Irish Apple Crumble Cake is a moist and tender, buttery cake that's packed with fresh apples and topped with a delicious crumble. And easy? Oh my, yes. Delicious? Absolutely!

Stack of Chocolate Mint Cookies on a green plate with chopped Andes mints.

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Chocolate Mint Cookies are an incredibly delicious double chocolate cookie with chopped Andes mints inside. If you’re a mint chocolate fan, these cookies are for you!

No Churn Irish Coffee Ice Cream in a White Coffee Mug with a Spoon

No Churn Irish Coffee Ice Cream

No-Churn Irish Coffee Ice Cream: You're in for a treat! If you love Irish Coffee, and sweet treats, this smooth and creamy coffee-infused ice cream is for you! And wholly dream-worthy.

Two mugs of Irish Coffee with shamrock latte art

2 Easy Non Alcoholic Irish Coffee Recipes

This Non Alcoholic Irish Coffee mocktail is a favorite among flavored coffee lovers. Rich and warm and absolutely, positively perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

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