Eating corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day is a wholly Irish-American tradition that began with immigrants in the 19th century. Anyone who grew up in Ireland has never experienced the tradition. In fact, the holiday was a religious celebration until the 1970s intended to celebrate the death of St. Patrick, the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. Like many holidays, the day was commercialized into the green-wearing, shamrock-sporting, corned-beef eating beer fest we know today.
The question remains, if Irish people don’t eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day, what do they make?
Here are seven foods you can find on the table in Ireland on March 17.
The Irish Fry-Up
This hefty breakfast platter will set you up for a whole day of revelry. The meal consists of bacon, sausage, white pudding, black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs.
These breakfast biscuits made with whole milk or buttermilk can be filled with a variety of fruits and/or chocolate.
Lamb or beef stew is an Irish staple. Stews are quickly made in crockpots and instapots and will satisfy the pickiest of eaters.
Chicken and leek pie
This stew of chicken, leeks and bacon, topped with a cream sauce, wrapped in a flaky crust may change your mind about ever having corned beef again.
Soda bread is one tradition that remains true to Ireland. It’s also a recipe that if you can get it via a generational hand down, the more authentic it will be. If you don’t have one, it’s safe to say skipping recipes that include the word “easy” is a no brainer.
This traditional simple fare can be made with a variety of proteins including beef, venison and turkey. Topped with mashed potatoes and filled with veggies, it’s a hearty meal for a cold March night.
Steak and Guinness pie
What’s better than beef stewed in beer? Having it wrapped in crust!
Is your favorite Irish food not on the list? Tell us about it!