St. Patrick's Day

Green beer? We're not above raising a glass to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but anyone who loves food knows the real St. Patrick's day party happens in the kitchen. St. Patrick's Day recipes are generally hearty and flavorful -- dishes that celebrate Ireland's storied history with potatoes and lamb. Perhaps no Irish recipe is as iconic as corned beef and cabbage: juicy hunks of beef tinted pink by curing salt and flavored with a savory blend of spices, then paired with a side of buttery, tender cabbage. Don't forget the Irish potato recipes: boiled new potatoes tossed with butter are delicious, or opted for mashed potatoes with scallions (called "champ") or with chopped cabbage (colcannon). Or maybe you're a fan of thick, rich Irish stew made with slow-simmered lamb and chunks of carrot, celery and onion. Whatever's on the menu, be sure to pair it with a fresh-baked slice of soda bread - this classic Irish bread is ideal for sopping up the delicious juices at the bottom of the bowl.

See Popular St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Irish Coffee Meringues

Better Homes and Gardens

Here's a fun St. Patrick's Day dessert recipe. Bake coffee-flavored hard meringues and then sandwich two together with whipped cream spiked with Irish cream liqueur.

Shamrock Soup

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Shamrock Smoothies

Midwest Living

Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake

Better Homes and Gardens

For a chocolate-only cheesecake, or for a cheesecake with just a hint of liqueur, simply substitute an equal amount of whipping cream or milk to replace the liqueur.

Trump Card Cocktail Ruebens

Better Homes and Gardens

This appetizer version of a deli favorite has stacked corned beef, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing stacked on cocktail rye bread to serve in bite-size portions.

March Cupcake

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Shamrock Cookies

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Fun cookies to make for St. Patrick's Day--or any day. Kids like the color o-green, sparkle o-green sugar, and flavor o-mint.

How to Cook Corned Beef

Knowing how to cook corned beef is almost a mandatory skill if you have even a drop of Irish blood in your veins. Corned beef is a quintessential American Irish tradition, although many Americans only eat it once a year, on St. Patrick's Day. Corned beef was one of Ireland's main exports until 1825; County Cork was the largest producer for many decades. The British Army often survived on cans of it during their many and bitter campaigns across Europe. Today, however, corned beef is far more popular in America than it is in Ireland.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

Better Homes and Gardens

For many, corned beef and cabbage is a St. Patrick's Day tradition. Slow cooking tenderizes the brisket, which is the centerpiece of this one-dish meal.

Irish Soda Bread

Midwest Living

Traditionally, Irish bakers made this classic, sweet quick bread in white or brown loaves. Our recipe is for brown bread.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Celebrate the luck o' the Irish by serving these festive cupcakes for dessert. Kids and leprechauns alike will love the color and the loads of chocolate chips inside!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Better Homes and Gardens

Don't wait for Saint Patrick's Day to serve this Irish favorite. It's great year-round served with prepared horseradish and mustard.

Shamrock Cookies

Midwest Living

Fun cookies to make for St. Patrick's Day--or any day. Kids like the color o-green, sparkle o-green sugar, and flavor o-mint.

Beef Steaks with Pepper-Onion Relish

Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet peppers, onion, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and garlic make up the flavorful Italian-inspired relish that enhances these delicious tenderloin steaks.

Total: 30 mins

Christmas Tree Cutout Sugar Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Use as many colors of dough as you like. The decorating on these cookies is done by adding different colored cookie dough to the Christmas tree cutouts.

Fresh Pea Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

Prepare this creamy first-course soup recipe to serve with grilled meats.

Mint-Layer Fudge

Better Homes and Gardens

This mint-layered fudge candy recipe, decorated for Christmas or St. Patrick's Day celebrations, is topped with walnuts. Make and refrigerate the fudge up to two weeks before serving.

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