St Patrick Day Recipes:  Perfect for the Holiday, but Terrific Any Day of the Year!

Let's get right to it - certain foods are perfect St Patrick Day recipes.  But why limit ourselves to a single day of the year?  We would like to share a few delicious favorites that can be served on any Irish occasion - or for no reason at all!

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With that in mind, let's have a closer look at a few delicious St Patrick Day recipes!

St Patrick Day Recipe #1:  Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Cabbage has always been a prominent vegetable for the Irish. In fact, historians believe that it became a staple around 600-400 B.C.

The Celts brought it to Ireland where the cool climate allowed it to thrive.

Even though the potato became quite popular, during the great potato famine in Ireland cabbage surged back to popularity.

Today, Fried Irish Cabbage, Cabbage Soup and Corned Beef and Cabbage are very popular St Patrick Day recipes.

The quickest to prepare is fried Irish cabbage with Bacon.

Recipes for St Patricks Day.  Fried cabbage with bacon!

Fried Cabbage with Bacon:  Ingredients

  • 1-12 to16 ounce package of bacon
  • ¼ cup bacon drippings
  • 1-small cabbage head finely cored and shredded
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Fried Cabbage with Bacon:  Preparation

  1. Use a large skillet to cook the bacon until crisp. If you’re in a hurry, you can clip the bacon in smaller pieces with kitchen scissors before cooking. It allows you to fit more in the frying pan.
  2. Remove bacon from the pan and allow it to drain on a paper plate covered with a paper towel or two.
  3. Remove grease from the pan, reserving ¼ cup to return to the skillet.
  4. Put the chopped cabbage in the frying pan and turn the burner to medium, stirring frequently. It takes approximately 5 to 7minutes for the cabbage to cook to a wilted state.
  5. Crumble the pieces of bacon over the cabbage and mix. Set the heat on simmer and stir the mixture as it cooks for the next two to three minutes to mix and warm the bacon.
  6. Season the mixture to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Serve as a side dish alone or piled over mashed potatoes.

Recipe #2:  Brotchan Roy Leek and Oatmeal Soup

If you’re looking for a historical Irish soup, this one’s for you.  Many believe it dates as far back as Druid times, because it contains easily attained ingredients from that time.

Recipes for St Patricks Day. Irish leek soup!

Leek and Oatmeal Soup:  Ingredients

Adapted from the book, “A Taste of Ireland” by Biddy White Lennon and Georgina Campbell, this is one of our more popular St Patrick Day recipes.

  • 2-cups of beef or chicken broth
  • 2-cups milk
  • 2-Tbs of butter
  • 2-Tbs. of pinhead oats
  • 4- Large leeks with the ends removed. Use only the light green and white parts
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 5-scallions-finely sliced
  • White pepper
  • Salt
  • Fresh chopped chives or minced parsley

Leek and Oatmeal Soup:  Preparation

  1. Mix the broth with the milk in a large saucepan and heat over medium heat. Gradually sprinkle in the oatmeal, stirring as you do. Do not boil; just simmer.
  2. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Slice the leeks in half, lengthwise, rinse them well. Cut each length into 1-inch sections and rinse thoroughly.
  4. In a medium size skillet, melt butter on low. Add the leeks and cook them until soft, but not browned, stirring frequently.
  5. Add the cooked leaks and sliced scallions to the milk/broth/oatmeal mixture that is simmering. Stir well. Allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove mixture from heat. Season the soup with salt and white pepper, then stir in the heavy cream. Use parsley or chives to garnish before serving.

Recipe #3:  Irish Cheddar Ale Pub Spread

If you’re having a few guests over for drinks or want an appetizer you can prepare ahead for your Irish feast, Irish Cheddar Ale Pub Spread is one of our most popular St Patrick Day recipes.

Serve it with crackers or if you want to be authentic serve it with soda bread. It’s also good with celery or apples.

Cheddar Ale Pub Spread:  Ingredients

  • 8-oz bar of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded or prepackaged shredded cheddar
  • 8-oz bar of softened cream cheese
  • 1-tsp of dry mustard
  • 1-bottle of strong ale or beer—reserve 1/3 tablespoon for the recipe and enjoy the rest
  • ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup fresh parsley-chopped fine
  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans

Cheddar Ale Pub Spread:  Preparation

  1. Place cream cheese and cheddar in blender or food processor and run until smooth.
  2. Scrape mixture into a bowl and add the mustard, pepper and ale gradually.
  3. Put bowl in refrigerator for about an hour or until it firms up and can hold shape.
  4. Mold into the shape of your choice on a serving plate. Some people use a disc shape, others a ball and those truly creative ones create a shamrock.
  5. Combine the parsley with the pecans and pat them onto your cheese mixture. If you used a ball shape, simply roll the ball in the pecan/parsley mix.

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