3 Irish Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day

It’s finally here, friends. St. Patrick’s Day is upon us! Get ready to make some Irish recipes! ??

This is an extra special holiday in my family because — you guessed it — we’re Irish-American! And that means I’ve got the low-down on all the best Irish eats.

There’s no better way to celebrate a holiday than through festive foods. So get ready to eat your way through the holiday with these 3 Irish recipes!

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1. Best Shepherd’s Pie Ever

The best shepherd's pie in a casserole dish, on a table, with and plate

Buckle up for the best shepherd’s pie of your WHOLE LIFE. Seriously, if I could only pick one thing to eat for the rest of my life, it would be this.

It’s my mom’s recipe, which is her take on this Irish classic. It’s got melty sharp cheddar, the creamiest mashed potatoes, and savory bullion-enhanced beef with crisp, fresh green beans and carrots. Top-notch comfort food baked in a casserole dish.

Mom’s recipe builds upon the traditional recipe, but makes it a zillion times better. No mushy, frozen veggies. Quality, fresh ingredients. No skimping on flavor here.

And that gooey, cheesy crust on top?! HEAVEN.

Technically, what we call “shepherd’s pie” in America is called “cottage pie” across the pond. But no matter what you call it, this is freakin’ delicious. Trust me, the family will want you making this again. It might even become part of your regular rotation.

Easy shepherd's pie in a casserole dish, on a table, with and plate

Get the shepherd’s pie recipe here!

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2. Authentic Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread dessert with jam.

For some, the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or biscuits brings them back to their childhood. But I think of mom’s soda bread. This traditional recipe has been passed down in my family through the generations, straight from the motherland (Belfast)!

This recipe is super easy and fast. You just need 5 ingredients, and only 4 are needed if you decide to omit the sugar (the more traditional way to make soda bread). No yeast necessary — this recipe rises thanks to the combination of baking soda and buttermilk.

Here’s 3 reasons why this recipe beats some others you’ll find:

  1. No sitting around, waiting forever for your soda bread to bake.
  2. Golden crust in every bite.
  3. Customize for everyone in the family!

Get crazy with this recipe and make it your own by adding chocolate chips, nuts, and even dried or fresh fruits, such as cherries, berries, craisins or raisins. Everyone in the family can pick and choose what they want inside!

Maybe adding chocolate chips isn’t the most traditional way to make Irish soda bread… But it IS delicious. Like an extra-thick chocolate chip pancake/waffle. Trust me when I say that you need this in your life.

Irish soda bread dessert with raisins.

Get the Irish soda bread recipe here!

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3. Miso Mushroom Colcannon Bowl

colcannon with miso mushrooms

OK, so, you can probably guess that this isn’t the most authentic Irish recipe from the title. BUT half of it is, indeed, good ol’ fashioned Irish food. This is a delicious spin on a classic!

These buttery miso-soy mushrooms with garlic are an uber comforting, delicious topping for Irish colcannon. Colcannon is an Irish dish that combines mashed potatoes with greens, like cabbage. I used kale because it’s so nutritious and full of vitamins A, C and K.

Colcannon is made by simply folding your greens into mashed potatoes, like so:

colcannon

This is the perfect vegetarian comfort food for a chilly fall or winter night. It can easily be made vegan, too, with some simple substitutions. A great option for when you’re looking to cut down on your meat intake. As far as veggies go, mushrooms are about as close as you’ll get to the texture of meat.

Get the recipe for this miso mushroom colcannon bowl here!

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It’s Time To Make Irish Recipes! ??

Now you know all our family secrets. And I’ll leave you with the lyrics to a song my mom used to sing to my sister and I on the morning of every St. Patrick’s Day, as she flipped hot Irish soda bread on the stove:

St. Patrick’s Day is coming

And if you wear your green,

A leprechaun will do a dance,

The best you’ve ever seen!

So slide to the left,

Then slide back again,

Clap three times and

Do a little jig!

Yeah, it’s cheesy. I know. But isn’t that the best way to celebrate a holiday?!

From my family to yours, happy St. Patrick’s Day. Now let’s get cookin’ some yummy Irish recipes!

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