What's the Craic? It's St Patrick's Day!

There's much more to St Patrick's Day than pints of Guinness. Take a look at our tasty ideas and celebrate with a traditional Irish feast.

Celebrated around the world, St Patrick’s Day (17th March) is one of the most important days in the Irish calendar. The date marks the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and has been a traditional day of feasting since the early 17th century. Today it’s a celebration of the wider heritage and culture of Irish people and is marked in cities from Dublin to London and New York to Toronto. 

For many, St Patrick’s Day is an excuse enjoy a pint of stout or a couple of whiskeys but food also plays an important part in the celebrations. If you’d like to create your own St Patrick’s Day feast, here’s our guide to some classic Irish dishes. 

Irish Stew 

Traditionally made with mutton, Irish Stew is a classic one-pot that’s big on flavour and oh-so comforting. But if mutton’s not your thing, don’t worry; you can put a modern spin on this old favourite with your choice of meat. Add carrots, onions, stock, pearl barley and thyme to create a filling stew. 

Soda Bread 

A great accompaniment to your stew, Irish soda bread is so easy to make. The basic ingredients are flour, bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk. It doesn’t require yeast and there’s no need for proving or kneading; so you can whip up a loaf in under an hour. 

Colcannon

 A combination of potatoes and cabbage; colcannon makes a great side dish. Stick to a basic recipe or add cream and bacon for a more indulgent version. Fancy something different? Try shredded leeks in place of cabbage or use parsnips instead of potatoes. 

Champ 

Similar to colcannon, champ is a combination of creamy mashed potato and spring onions. Serve with Irish Stew or alongside sausages for a tasty supper. 

Potato Cakes 

A great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, this is another great side dish for potato lovers. And so versatile; potato cakes also make a great breakfast or lunchtime dish to enjoy on St Patrick’s Day.

Bread & Butter Pudding 

An Irish favourite, Bread & Butter Pudding is the perfect dessert to round off your St Patrick’s Day feast. Serve with cream and add a dash of Whiskey for an indulgent finish. 

Let us end by saying, “Lá fhéile Pádraig sona duit” (or “Happy St Patrick’s Day”) to you all!