By Sarah Skerrett, Mr. Food Editor
An old Irish proverb says laughter is brightest where food is best. With our round-up of traditional (and nontraditional!) Irish fare on the menu, your house will be non-stop gigglefest on St. Patrick’s Day! Earlier in the week, I covered delectable “greenspired” desserts to serve on or around March 17 like Irish Milk Shakes and Irish Cream Cakes. Now, with less than a week til St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to plan that main course menu!
I’ve got a collection of our best Irish recipes that will really put you in the holiday spirit. For me, it doesn’t seem like St. Patrick’s Day without the usual suspects like corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew. (All washed down with a few beers, of course.) Depending on how many people you’re serving and/or how quickly you want to eat, Mr. Food has different recipes to suit your needs. Some of us enjoy spending time on a multi-step recipe and others – like me! – prefer quick and easy.
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage basically cooks itself OR, for a slightly more hands-on approach, try Glazed Corned Beef paired with Cabbage and Caraway Seed! Wondering what to look for when purchasing corned beef at the grocery store? Check out Mr. Food’s handy guide to corned beef.
Irish Beef Stew is an easy all-in-one pan meal that features Guinness, while the Dressed Up Irish Stew is slightly fancier with lamb chops instead of stew meat. Don’t forget Boxty (authentic Irish Potato Griddle Cakes) to accompany your corned beef and Irish stew!
Here’s some other fantastic Irish dishes to add to your St. Patrick’s Day menu: