My Best St. Patrick’s Day recipes for your celebration. Choose from my list including everything from Irish Stew to Boxty to Mr. Guinness’ Cake for dessert.
It’s almost time for the “wearin’ o’ the green.” The one day every year that people of Irish heritage set aside to honor Ireland’s foremost patron saint, St. Patrick.
March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish) is a cultural and religious celebration of the traditional date of death of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). The day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Celebrations include parades and festivals, céilithe (traditional Irish music), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Speaking of which, have you ever wondered why shamrocks are associated with the Irish? It’s because St. Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity.
Serve an Authentic Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day
With our modern St. Patrick’s Day observances, the one dish that seems to be synonymous with Paddy’s Day and all things Irish in the U.S., is corned beef and cabbage. However, that’s a dish that is very rarely eaten in Ireland.
In Irish Country Cooking, chef Malachi McCormick says that he likes corned beef, “But our national dish? No, it’s a New World dish!” It’s just not eaten in Ireland, and it’s certainly not washed down with cups full of green beer.
I’m sorry, but dancing leprechauns and dyed green food as a celebration of Irish culture just really sets me off. It’s like associating watermelon and fried chicken with a certain ethnicity. It’s why every year for St. Patrick’s, I make it a point to cook something traditionally and authentically Irish.
So, if you’re ready to explore something truly Irish for your St. Patrick’s observation, try one of the recipes I’ve linked below.My Best St. Patrick's Day recipes for your celebration. Choose from my list including everything from Irish Stew to Boxty to Mr. Guinness' Cake for dessert. Click To Tweet
My 11 Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful Paddy’s Day and, as the Irish say…
May those who love us, love us
And those who don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts
And if he can’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping!