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The Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

What originally started out as a holiday for Christians to celebrate the life of of one of the most recognized Saints—Saint Patrick—has since turned into day of celebration of Irish culture, by people that or religious or not. It’s a day filled with lots of green, shamrocks, food, and for some—lots of alcohol. My own ethnic background is mostly Irish so I have always had a special place in my heart for this holiday and celebrated it by making lots of traditional and homemade Irish dishes. Today I’ll be sharing a mix of traditional recipes associated with the holiday and some fun, new ones that should all make an appearance on your St. Patrick’s Day menu!

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Irish Soda Bread {via my mom}
My favorite Irish soda bread recipe, although I might be a little biased since it is the one my mom has used since I can remember. It’s a very traditional Irish soda bread recipe, completely lacking—but not missing—the sugar that many modern versions include. I love this one because it’s sans caraway seeds, which have a very particular taste that I’ve never been a fan of. If you do like the taste, feel free to add them in here – I imagine about 1/3 cup would be enough. Here’s the recipe…

2 cups flour
3 tbsp
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter, at room temperature
⅔ cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Cut in the softened butter using a pastry cutter or two forks. Add the raisins to the mixture, then pour in the buttermilk until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto the counter and knead 3-5 times. The dough will be sticky and might be difficult to deal with but you should still be able to knead it – if it’s not possible, add more flour a little bit at a time until it’s less sticky. Form dough into a circle and place in a 9inch pie plate or on a greased cookie sheet. You can score the top of the dough with a X shape if you’d like. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the bread is browned slightly and springs back when you press the top.

Image Credit: ohsodecadent

Corned Beef Grilled Cheese {closetcooking via ohsodecadent}
A spin on a classic OR the perfect way to use your leftover corned beef if you do make the traditional corned beef and cabbage for dinner, depending on how you look at it. I am admittedly not the biggest fan of corned beef fan (I know) but I really enjoy it in this sandwich – I mean, who doesn’t like things sandwiched between bread and cheese? Exactly.

Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie {food.com}
As I mentioned just above, I’m not the biggest fan of corned beef and cabbage, so when it comes to choosing an entree for St. Patrick’s Day, Shepard’s Pie is where it’s at. Ground beef (or turkey if you try to stay away from red meat), a rich gravy-like sauce, and mashed potatoes all in one dish – that is pretty hard to beat. Shepard’s pie has a tendency to fall into the under-appreciated category of dinners, most likely because people tend to write off any sort of casserole, but it is truly a filling and delicious meal and especially fitting on this holiday!

Image Credit: Michigan Cottage Cook

Irish Fruit & Oat Scones {michigan cottage cook}
Scones could also be filed in the “under-appreciated” food category and what better way to showcase them than on this Irish holiday? They are light, with a great texture, and so simple to put together. Make these as your breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day, a snack, or pair them with you full meal. You could use just about any dried fruit in these scones but raisins, and possibly dried cranberries if you have them, are fitting for the day. Instead of the cinnamon sugar topping as the recipe says, I normally top them with a egg wash and turbinado sugar for an extra crunch.

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes {food network}
A very modern treat to serve as dessert on Monday, these yummy cupcakes take one of the hallmarks of the holiday (beer!) and make them the star. Any stout beer will work here but I (as well as the recipe) recommend Guinness – if you’re making them for St. Patrick’s Day you have to use an Irish stout! These have a nice, rich chocolate flavor enhanced by the beer and pair well with the sweetened whipped cream frosting.

There you have it—I hope you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day this year!

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One Comment on “The Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes”

  1. paulettemotzko March 16, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    Reblogged this on Cooking Up a Storm With Miss Polly and commented:
    An awesome recipe collection from The Hudsucker…..

    Polly Motzko

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