Whether you’re acknowledging St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th at home with your friends/family, or you plan on partying with the rest of Chicago on March 14th, the celebrations are quickly approaching!
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional Irish food – my Mom made corned beef and cabbage every St. Patricks Day growing up and it never did it for me. (And now I don’t eat beef at all! 😂) But after visiting Ireland a few years ago, I fell in love with the city of Dublin, but more than that – the PEOPLE there are the best. It made me feel more connected to my Irish roots (I know I look more Italian, but I’m both!).
So while I might not be your go-to gal for a traditional Irish stew, I can certainly help you with fun party desserts, side dishes, and other recipes for St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s dive in!
I made this recipe YEARS ago, and even though I should maybe update it/reshoot, it’s a GREAT recipe for anyone who loves Irish cream. It’s light but comforting, it’s easier to make than you’d think, and it has the perfect little hint of booze for a holiday like this 😉 I also love that it incorporates both the Irish and Italian in me. The best of both worlds!
I loooove Irish coffee. It’s cozy and warm and sweet and boozy… with a little kick, because why not?! I love this particular recipe because you can control how sweet and boozy you want it to be, instead of relying on a restaurant or bar to get it right. Sometimes they can be a little rich! Plus, this one uses maple syrup instead of sugar, which is such a nice touch. YUM!
St. Patrick’s Day festivities tend to start early, which means brunch cocktails are kind of necessary. If you’re not on board with Irish coffee, Bloody Mary’s are a great option. And you know what makes Bloody Mary’s better? Guinness Candied Bacon! I’ve also heard you can make Bloody Marys with Guinness, too.. have any of you tried that?!
When I was in Ireland, I kept noticing how CREAMY Guinness is there. It was something I’d never noticed when tasting it in the states, which is why it’s the perfect beer to pair with ice cream! We actually tried a version of this recipe at Chicago Gourmet this year and Adam and I almost went back for another one – that’s how good it was. So why not make them at home?! So easy. And SO delicious.
When I think of comfort food, I think of carbs – and the potato is Ireland’s favorite carb! This recipe is pretty basic, but it also encourages you to mix in your favorite additions if you’d like! Some options could be bacon, scallions, cream cheese, spinach, parmesan… the possibilities are endless!
Want to make or bring something to a St. Patrick’s Day Party without slaving away in the kitchen? You only need 3 ingredients for these little cuties – and if you have kids around, it’s a great way to get them involved in the holiday! Plus, who doesn’t like pretzels and chocolate?! It’s the best combination of salty and sweet!
If you want to make a decadent treat, this is it. I was lucky enough to taste test one of Kit’s batches a few years ago and they are AMAZING. But the best part? This recipe uses a boxed cake mix, which makes it way easier than you might think. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and no one will be able to tell. Such a win!
I don’t eat beef, but the Irish love their red meat… which is maybe why there are a ton of sweets in this roundup – woops! That being said, I whipped up this Shepard’s Pie with Learn To Cook a few years ago and they all loved it. Plus, I can confidently say that the mashed potatoes on top are the bomb. YUM.
Want the coziness of a shepherd pie without all the meat? This recipe is completely vegan and SUPER simple. I also love that it utilizes lentils, which are very dense in nutrients… but it still has those creamy mashed potatoes on top. A mix of healthy and comforting!
If you want something easy, comforting, and super meaty, this Beef Stew is a great option for you. Besides searing the beef, all you have to do is add everything to your slow cooker. Set it and forget it until it’s time for dinner!
What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day this year?
Are you going downtown to watch the river turn green or are you staying away from the madness?! Also, I have a post all about what to wear to celebrate coming tomorrow – stay tuned!