Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Ideas


St. Patrick's Day is a little bit of a big deal around here. We typically spend the week before brainstorming, prepping, and visualizing the celebration. Green food? Shamrock shakes? Beer? Irish car bombs? Decisions, decisions....

I like the standard corned beef and cabbage dinner, but sometimes it's fun to mix it up a bit. Or maybe celebrate at breakfast. Or why not the whole day through?

Here are some of my favorite Irish recipes:

Slow-cooked Lamb in Red Wine
Irish Apple Cake
Irish Soda Bread
Irish Coffee
Irish Latte
Gathering of the Clans
Bailey's Chocolate Chip Cookies

What are some of your favorites?

5 comments:

EmilyS said...

We are doing corned beef and cabbage, baked potatoes, and Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's day. However, I am hopefully improving on this dish by corning my own beef. I corned it two days ago, and a lovely piece of brisket is in my fridge right now, absorbing the flavor of salt and spices. It is actually very easy to do, and has a much nicer flavor than the commercial packets. If you would be interested in trying it sometime, I would be happy to post the instructions here.

We'll see how it turns out! I'm at a loss concerning what to serve for dessert. Any ideas?

Laurel said...

EmilyS~That's a great idea corning your own beef! I'm always a little disappointed in the packaged ones. My brother-in-law made one the other day that he first cooked on a smoking BBQ, then boiled it the rest of the way. It had a delicious, smoky exterior. Would love to hear how your beef turns out!
In regards to dessert, Guinness chocolate cupcakes or brownies with a touch of Bailey's frosting would certainly be a nice addition! (And you can always use the creamer if you don't have actual Bailey's on hand.)

Slainte!

jennifer anderson said...

i got fired one day on st patricks day so i no longer celebrate it!

that looks like ham tho.

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Amanda said...

Love this! Woke up to vomit this morn so any attempt at feasting for St. Patty's has felt pretty shot. But I can still make something for the hubby and I :) Cabbage and tenderloins might have to do for tonight! I think we'll do apple sauce for tonight as dessert since sick tummies can handle that :)