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. Though I have Irish heritage, these are not recipes passed down through my family. 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 tried these recipes so many times in so many ways, and these are my favorite.
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.!
Easy Irish Soda Bread
Guinness Shepherd’s Pie
Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting
Here are a few fun things I enjoy having on-hand for my St. Patty’s Day baking:
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