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St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Ideas: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, and More

St. Patrick’s Day is the ideal time to celebrate with delicious, Irish-inspired food. This year, the holiday falls on March 17th, commemorating the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The annual event has evolved into a day to showcase Irish culture with festive parties, green clothing, drinking, and, of course, tons of delicious food. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here is a list of St. Patrick’s Day recipes that will be sure to please family and friends at your celebration. 

Traditional Irish Food

Corned Beef and Cabbage

You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without corned beef and cabbage. This famous Irish dish is so simple to make if you have a slow cooker. 

Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is another staple, which is a thick bread made from baking soda and buttermilk. It looks quite dense, but the bread is actually quite fluffy and moist inside. 

Guinness Beef Stew

Beef stew is a hearty Irish meal that is rich and satisfying. You can make it even more “Irish” by adding some Guinness to the mix. Here’s the recipe


Barmbrack is a traditional sweetened bread from Ireland. It is also referred to as a “speckled loaf” because the bread is dotted with raisins. 


The Irish know what they’re doing when it comes to potatoes. Colcannon is a mix of fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes with fresh greens like kale or cabbage. Don’t forget the butter when you serve it!


Boxty is a thick potato pancake popular throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the North of England. It is simple to make and often served as a side or combined with bacon and eggs for a filling breakfast. 

Irish Potato Soup

Just buy plenty of potatoes for your authentic Irish meal. This Irish potato soup is creamy, rich, delicious, and surprisingly easy to put together. 

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie was traditionally made with ground lamb, but many people use beef instead. This tasty and filling casserole includes potatoes and cheese, making it a crowd-pleaser. 

Festive St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers

Cheddar Beer Fondue

Check out this recipe for a warm, melted blend of Irish cheddar cheese and beer. Combine it with bread, apples, sausages, and other items of your choice for dipping. You’ll want to make the recipe with light beer and save the Guinness for drinking. 

Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs might have originated in Scotland, but they remain a popular pub snack throughout Ireland. You make them by wrapping a soft-boiled egg in ground meat and then frying it. Here is the recipe

Guinness Pretzel Bites

If it includes Guinness beer as an ingredient, it works as a St. Patrick’s Day dish. These buttery pretzel bites are filled with yummy cheese-and-Guinness filling, making them an ideal appetizer where Irish drinks are flowing.

Delicious Irish Desserts

Grasshopper Bars

If you like a combination of chocolate and mint (who doesn’t?), try these tasty Grasshopper Bars made with marshmallows and peppermint extract. 

Rainbow Layer Cake

Many people picture a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when they think of St. Patrick’s Day. You can bring at least part of that fantasy to life with this gorgeous and delicious rainbow layer cake

Baileys Brownies

Everyone loves rich chocolate brownies. But these contain a splash of Baileys, giving them an Irish kick and making them an ideal dessert for your meal. Here’s the recipe

Irish Drinks & Cocktails

Green Beer

What’s St. Paddy’s day without some green beer? It’s simple enough to make on your own with just a few drops of food dye. 

Irish Coffee

Sweet and strong, this soothing cup of traditional Irish Coffee will be the ideal pick-me-up as you head into your holiday celebration. 

Baileys Irish Float

This is an adult twist on the ice cream float containing beer and Irish cream. You’ll definitely have to try this Bailey’s Irish Float

Lime Sherbet Float

For the kids or non-drinkers attending your St. Paddy’s day celebration, give this yummy and cool lime sherbet float a try. A bonus is that it’s quick and simple to make. 

Get Everything You Need for Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Nick’s of Calvert

Whether you’re planning a St. Patrick’s meal at home, a family gathering, or heading out to a large celebration, Nick’s of Calvert has everything you need. From specialty meats and cheeses to the freshest produce, Nick’s of Calvert makes preparing for your Irish-inspired holiday fun and easy. We even have premade sides that just need to be heated, as well as a full selection of beer, wine, and liquor. Call us at (410) 414-7105 or visit our Prince Frederick location today.