Cooking around the holidays is my favorite. And no, I don’t just mean Christmas… I am talking about ALL THE HOLIDAYS! You name the obscure holiday, and I would LOVE to make a special dish or dessert to commemorate the event.
However, I think St. Patty’s Day may be one of my all-time favorite holidays to cook for. Irish food feels like comfort food to me, and it is also something not so every-day for me. Bangers and mash, Irish boxty, Fisherman’s Pie, Soda Bread… I love it all! And let’s not forget how on-point the Irish are with their beer and spirits game. Harp, Guinness, Bailey’s Irish Cream… the list goes on, and it is a delicious one.
So, I will write this post with a disclaimer… I am an American white girl. An actual Irish person did not give me these recipes. I have however researched them a lot. I know that traditional Soda Bread did not have raisins, nuts, or any adds because it was a peasants bread made of minimal ingredients. I know that a true Shepherd’s pie should have lamb in it (hence the name). However, in my years of eating, and that has been quite a few… I have tasted these dishes many times and like them prepped as so. Plus, have you ever had Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcake Frosting before? Because if not, you are seriously missing out!
These three dishes are ones I make almost every St. Patty’s Day, and are at this point demanded from me annually by my spouse and friends the same. They are delicious, and a fun way for this American girl to celebrate an Irish holiday in the U.S.!
Irish Soda Bread (this recipe tells you how to make it if you don’t have buttermilk on-hand, so don’t worry about not having the ingredients! 🙂
Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting (bonus Jameson Ganache if you are feeling like making a really tipsy dessert!)