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4 Classic St. Patrick’s Day Dishes

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. That means it’s time to break out your favorite green outfit, toss on a fun top hat or pair of shamrock earrings, and get ready to celebrate all things Irish. Whether you’re throwing a party or simply embracing the day with yourself and your family, you should make sure you bring the festivities to your table. This year, go a little deeper than simply adding green food dye to your usual fare. Here are four traditional Irish dishes you can incorporate into your St. Patrick’s Day menu:

1. Irish Soda Bread

“Historically, soda bread has been a staple of the Irish diet.”

Soda bread rose to popularity in Ireland because it was easy to make and required only a few affordable ingredients. During many points in Irish history—most famously, the potato famine—many people in Ireland had little to eat. This bread was often a family’s main or only staple. It earned its name because the bread rises thanks to baking soda instead of yeast, which was pricier and took longer to use. The original recipe was incredibly simple: Start with four ingredients (4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 14 ounces buttermilk). Combine the dry ingredients and then gradually add in the buttermilk until it reaches a doughy consistency. Knead it lightly, then place it in a round cake pan. Cut a cross onto the dough, then cover it with another pan and bake it for 30 minutes at 425°F. At this stage, remove the cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes, so the top develops a crust.

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.

You can modify this recipe—in fact, most versions today feature dried fruit, citrus zests, and other ingredients that make the dish a little more decadent. If you’re interested in diving into a historically accurate, simple and surprisingly tasty bread, however, this is the recipe to use.

2. Potatoes

You can’t have an Irish meal without including potatoes in some form or another. The most traditional way to add potatoes to your menu is to boil them. Boiled potatoes are super easy to make, but they can be a bit bland if you don’t go out of your way to give them some flavor. Start with small gold potatoes. These have thin skins and a slightly sweet flavor, which makes them better for this kind of preparation. Cut them in half, and drop them into a pot of salted water heated to a rolling boil. Add in two cloves of garlic and a bay leaf, and let the whole thing cook for about 15 minutes.

Strain the potatoes, remove the bay leaf and garlic cloves, and toss the boiled veggies in some melted butter. Season with salt, pepper, and other spices to taste. If you use our insertable steamer, you can cook other veggies while you prepare your potatoes!


Save time and effort by cooking multiple items in a single pan!

3. Corned Beef

Aside from potatoes, corned beef is arguably the most iconic Irish dish out there. It’s a beef brisket that has been cured with a salty brine, and can be served warm or cold. To make this classic Irish recipe, you can boil the corned beef brisket, or you can let your slow cooker do the work for you for amazingly tender meat. Try this easy slow cooked Corned Beef & Cabbage recipe, and serve it with carrots, potatoes, and a side of spicy horseradish sauce
If you have any leftover meat, you can use it to make Corned Beef Puffs to get your corned beef fix in bite-size form!

4. Irish Whiskey Cake

If you’re trying to figure out dessert for your St. Patrick’s Day menu, look no further—Irish whiskey cake is the way to go. It’s easy to make—prepare a box of yellow cake mix per the instructions, and just add ¼ cup warmed whiskey into the mix. As the cake is baking, make a glaze: Mix ¼ cup each of whiskey, butter, and water, plus ¾ cup sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until everything is fully mixed, melted, and dissolved. Let the cake cool before you drizzle the glaze over top.

Full disclosure: This is a boozy cake. Though some of the alcohol will be cooked out during the baking process, there will be a fair amount left behind. If you’re cooking for kids or anyone else who doesn’t drink, it may be wise to make a whiskey-less version as well.

17 Responses to 4 Classic St. Patrick’s Day Dishes

  1. Jill Merritt March 2, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

    do you use the whiskey in place of the liquid or do you use it in addition to whatever the mix tells you?

    This sounds delicious

  2. Donna March 4, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    Can you do this in the microwave in the rock crock?

  3. Hiroko Hamasaki March 4, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

    You will add 1/4 cup of warm Whiskey In addition to other ingredients a box of yellow cake mix tells you and follow its detection. Then you will need another 1/4 of whiskey, 1/4 cup of butter, and 1/4 cup of water, plus ¾ cup sugar in a small saucepan to make glaze. It sure sounds AMAZING!

  4. Chris Doyle March 5, 2017 at 8:43 am #

    The Irish Soda Bread recipe sounds good but is not a true Irish Soda Bread. I grew up in an Irish family and Grandma Doyle’s recipe, which came from Ireland was a staple in our home. It always had caraway seed and butter in the recipe. Soda bread was and is always cooked in a 12″ cast iron skillet. You first mix all the dry ingredients and set them aside. Take 1 1/2 cups of raisins and put in a bowl. Cover with boiling water for a few minutes until they plump up. Drain and pat dry. Roll the raisens in flower and add to the dry ingredients. Add buttermilk and mix by hand. After ingredients are mixed roll dough into a ball. Place ball in cast iron skillet and push down the center. Cut your cross through the center and bake uncovered at 425° for 1 hour or until golden brown.

    • MaryKay March 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

      Chris Doyle,
      What is the rest of this recipe? Ingredients?

      • Barbara A. March 14, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

        Same question, recipe with ingredients? Thank you!

    • Limda March 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

      My great grand mother’s soda bread is exactly like yours and that’s how I always made it too.

      • Danny March 16, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

        Linda and Chris

        Soda bread recipe in full

    • Rita Schrimpf March 17, 2017 at 11:42 am #

      Chris, how much butter and caraway seeds do you use? My Irish grandfather married a German woman (here in USA), and while she made some Irish dishes, she never made soda bread. So we don’t have a traditional family recipe. I would love to make an authentic bread.

  5. Barb March 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    Coming from an Irish family slow cook brisket, potatoes, carrots, onion, cabbage, and veggie in chicken broth on slow cooker. You’ll never have it any other way. Very tasty!

    • Carolyn Thomas March 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      slow cook for how long and low or high????????????????????? Thank you

  6. Barb March 5, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    Should be beggie not veggie.

  7. Amy Braman March 8, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

    So I made the Irish whiskey cake tonight in the rock crock everyday pan in the microwave!! Amazing quick dessert for St Patty’s day. My suggestion for st patty’s day would be a chocolate cake made with Guiness beer instead of water, same whiskey glaze, but then top it with an Irish cream whipped cream!! Irish car bomb cake! I’ll try that one tomorrow night!

    • Michelle March 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

      How long did you cook it for in the microwave? I have a party on St. Patrick’s Day and would love to make this.

    • Sharon March 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

      I have made the chocolate Guiness cake with the whipped cream topping (added Bailiey’s to it before whipping it). Recipe called for cream cheese frosting instead. Did you make the cake with the whiskey glaze added as you stated you might try?

  8. Cathy March 9, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

    Amy how long in the microwave to cook cake

    • Amy Braman March 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

      Microwave covered in everyday pan for 11 min. Let rest in pan for 10 min then turnout onto a plate.

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