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?


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.)


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 :)