While corned beef has become something of an iconic St. Patrick's Day meal, it's never the one I turn to on this festive holiday. Instead, you'll find me donning something green and sprinkling my day with Irish-inspired fare, including a thick slab of soda bread at breakfast, a helping of colcannon with dinner, and a delicious dessert spiked with Guinness. Here are 20 recipes to inspire your St. Paddy's Day festivities if you want to celebrate without the corned beef and cabbage.
Start your celebration in style with an Irish-inspired breakfast, be it with a slice of soda bread, some scones, or a plate of green eggs and ham.
- How To Make Irish Soda Bread
- Real Irish Scones
- Donal Skehan's Irish Buttermilk Soda Bread
- How To Make Green Eggs and Ham for Breakfast
- Red Flannel Hash
Mains (Beyond Corned Beef)
Corned beef is just one way to celebrate with a festive dinner. And this year, since St. Paddy's Day falls on the weekend, there's no better time to try out a new recipe. Try a savory skillet pie with your favorite Irish ale or an impressive roast lamb if you're feeling adventurous.
- Donal Skehan's Mussels in Irish Cider
- Donal Skehan's Roast Lamb with Green Garlic, Lettuce & Peas
- Shepherd's Pie
- Skillet Beef & Ale Pie
- Vegetarian Guinness Stew
Side Dishes for Celebration
When it comes to St. Paddy's Day sides, there's nothing that beats cabbage, potatoes, and greens. This lineup is tried and true, and ready to be paired with anything you're cooking up for dinner.
- How to Make Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Cabbage)
- Roasted Cabbage with Bacon
- Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes
- Donal Skehan's Irish Creamed Kale
Dessert is a must — it's a day for celebration, after all. Shamrock pops and grasshopper pie are good choices if you dream of something green, while chocolate-lovers will appreciate a rich Guinness-spiked cake or layered shortbread bar.