St. Patrick's Day arrives just when the seasons are at their most ambivalent. Will it rain? Will it snow? Will the sun suddenly appear, bringing gardens and green delicious things back to life? The simple country fare on the traditional St. Patrick's Day table reflects this tipping point between winter and spring. Here are some of our favorite delicious ways to celebrate this Irish-American holiday.
Over-wintered potatoes and cabbage, and preserved beef and bacon are the classic choices — along with a pint of good Irish beer. Here are some simple ways to enjoy St. Patrick's and the Irish influence in American cooking. From a vegetarian hash and succulent roasted cabbage with bacon, to real Irish scones and a hot Irish cocktail, pick up a plate or a glass and be Irish —at least for today — and say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.
- Real Irish Scones - Sara Kate went to Ireland and brought back this recipe for these moist, light little pats of joy.
- Corned Beef Four Ways - How readers eat corned beef, including cooking a store-bought one.
- Steel-Cut Oats with Maple-Roasted Apples and Cheddar - Start St. Patrick's Day right with a big bowl of Irish oats topped with sweet apples and cheddar.
- Red Flannel Hash - Onions, potatoes, cabbage, and ... beets! No corned beef in this hash, which is a wonderful way to start or end your day.
- Roasted Cabbage with Bacon - One of my favorite recipes ever, and it just has a couple of ingredients. It turns out silky, plump cabbage wedges, shiny from the olive oil and bacon.
- Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Guinness Cake - Don't care for Guinness? That's fine — just use it in this rich, chocolatey cake instead.
- How To Make Irish Soda Bread - Classic Irish soda bread, with buttermilk, caraway seeds, and golden raisins.
- Irish Shortbread Toffee Bars - Butter, caramel, and chocolate? Sold.
- Cheddar & Chive Guinness Bread - Lots of Irish-inspired ingredients packed into one delicious loaf of bread.
- Chocolate Stout Pudding Pie - Beer in your pie? When it's as luxurious as this one, oh yes.
- Double Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float - One of our favorite ways to enjoy Guinness or any other proper Irish stout is with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sacrilege! say the beer purists, but really, an ice cream-stout float must be tried at least once. Bitter, sweet, cold, and delicious!
- The 2-Ingredient Black Velvet Cocktail - All you need is champagne and Guinness.
- Hot Cocoa & Kilbeggan Whiskey - The hot chocolate cousin of an Irish coffee.
- Jameson and Ginger Cocktail - An Irish twist on a Dark 'n' Stormy.
- Irish Coffee - Classic and wonderful!
What are you cooking for St. Patrick's Day? Is the classic corned beef and cabbage on your table? Or are you branching out with something a little different?