St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17th and we’ve got 17 (get it?) great St. Patrick’s Day recipes for you. Check them out!
Shepherd’s Pie: You could also go with Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick’s Day, which has to be one of the all-time greatest comfort foods. Although, I’m not a big lamb eater, so I’d go with Cottage Pie, which is made with beef. They’re both topped with mashed potatoes, though, so you can’t wrong! Unless you’re my kid who hates mashed potatoes. All my friends say this dish is a family favorite, though.
Meatloaf Shepherd’s Pie
Meatloaf shepherd's pie is a delicious comfort food without the hassle of making a meat pie from scratch. Rather than chopping and browning beef for a meat pie, use leftover meatloaf to save time and money. You'll put leftovers to good use and make a whole new dish that your family will love.
Beef and Guinness Pie brings together Irish beef and Guinness, two of Ireland's most famous products. The long slow cooking of the filling creates not just perfectly tender beef, it also allows the flavor of the Guinness to permeate the meat and the vegetables and produce a thick, luscious sauce.
Irish Nachos: Moving away from the traditional into the “inspired-by,” how about some Irish nachos? They’re Guinness beer cheese on potato chips—topped with bacon, of course. Count me in. Bennigan’s used to serve something like this years ago (I feel so old) and my husband and I loved them.
Most recipes for Irish nachos call for baking your own potatoes. We took a very big shortcut by starting with potato chips. Our cheese sauce is made with Guinness and cheddar and a pinch of cayenne, and the whole dish is finished with crunchy bacon and freshly chopped chives. It's the perfect dish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day (with a Guinness, of course).
Potato Leek Soup: Now, I’m a sucker for a loaded baked potato soup (mmmmm, cheesy), but I’m intrigued by this healthier potato soup recipe. And also cooking with leeks, which seem to be very popular in Irish cooking, but which I’ve never used.
Irish Potato Leek Soup
Making this soup is so easy. You only need about 30 minutes. The ingredients are simple: butter, leeks, potatoes, salt, pepper and stock (vegetable or chicken). I will say this, if you can find Irish butter, use it. It tastes so much fresher and creamier than U.S. butter.
Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread: So, did Irish soda bread sound too boring, even if it was dressed up a bit? Well, then this bread should sound better because is chock full of flavor! Cheese, beer (and for St. Patrick’s Day it better be Guinness), bacon—who could ask for more?!
Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread
Beer bread is great and all but this one stuffed with bacon, cheddar, jalapeños, and cream cheese is really something extra special!
Baileys Irish-Cream Chocolate Cheesecake: We can’t forget dessert, of course. Check out this decadent cheesecake option. It’s probably not traditional, but it’s got Irish cream liqueur so we’ll let it slide.
Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake
Two layers of intense chocolate flavor, well-balanced, and super creamy! This cheesecake recipe is one to make for a special occasion like St. Patrick's Day, to have frozen at all times (here it's a favorite dessert for dinner parties), or just because you're a baileys fan.
St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow: Speaking of cereal recipes, you may have seen we recently shared one for Cinnamon Almond Butter Muddy Buddies. Depending on where you’re from may also know muddy buddies by their other name: puppy chow. Here’s a recipe for a St. Patrick’s Day version of puppy chow. Yum!
Share your favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes (traditional or otherwise) in the comments!