Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these Irish-inspired recipes, including Classic Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls, Colcannon, Chocolate Guinness Cake and more!
With St. Patrick's day just around the corner, it's time to start thinking of Irish-inspired recipes for your celebratory feast! Irish food often takes a variety of humble ingredients and transforms them into rich, flavourful meals. As with Italian food, though, when the recipes only involve a few ingredients, their flavours are really going to shine, so it's important to make sure you're choosing the highest quality ingredients you can find. The dishes below have been tested till perfect by our test kitchen, so you won't even need the luck of the Irish on your side when making them!
1. Irish Red Ale, Cheddar and Potato Soup
Irish red ale, named for the hue that results from adding roasted barley during brewing, lends a slightly sweet, toasted malt flavour to this update on traditional potato soup. Mature Irish Cheddar gives it a rich, sharp finish.
Irish Soda Bread is a great introduction to bread-making for novice bakers—there's no fussing with yeast! Out of the oven, the top is super crispy and the soft inside tastes yummy slathered with butter.
This updated take on colcannon (traditionally made with white potatoes) gets a nutrient boost from kale and swaps in cauliflower for some of the potatoes, substantially lightening up the mash. It's a great way to boost the health factor of this traditional dish without sacrificing any of the flavour!
4. Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls with Cider Dijon Sauce
Think of this as a traditional boiled cabbage dinner wrapped in neat little parcels and bathed in a tangy, sweet sauce. If you're really short on time, it can be sped up even further by picking up a chunk of corned beef at the deli.
5. Smooth and Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Pressing super-fluffy russet potatoes through a ricer is the key to creating the smoothest mash you've ever tasted. Doing it a day ahead is a serious time-saver: Simply stir together your ingredients and reheat 12 minutes before dinner!
6. Irish Cream Brownies Bites
These little treats are topped with a decadent Irish cream-flavoured ganache, but can be made kid-friendly by swapping in vanilla extract for the booze. As a bonus, you can make them up to three days in advance, but we doubt you'll be able to resist for that long!
7. Flourless Chocolate Guinness and Whiskey Cake
Cap off your Irish pub-night feast with this boozy brownie cake. It combines the best spirits and beer the Emerald Isle has to offer with the irresistible richness of dark chocolate.