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St. Patrick's Day Recipes and Menus

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St. Patrick's Day is a holiday that celebrates the feast of St. Patrick. It's a religious holiday in Ireland. Since it falls during Lent, the prohibitions against meat and alcohol consumption are waived, so people can feast. In America, there aren't many religious traditions attached to the holiday; people mostly wear green!

Some cities in this country go all-out. In Chicago they even dye the river green! Parades, green beer, and some fabulous food are all part of this holiday. The foods that are traditional include corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, lamb stew, and mint desserts. Even if you aren't Irish, celebrate this holiday with these delicious and easy recipes.

1. Classic St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Corned Beef Shepherd's Pie
Corned Beef Shepherd's Pie
These quick and easy recipes are all delicious and reminiscent of Ireland. My favorites include Corned Beef Shepherd's Pie, which is fragrant and comforting, and Irish Soda bread with caraway seeds, raisins, and sour cream. (The bread, by the way, is fabulous toasted for breakfast and spread with whipped honey.) You can mix and match them any way you like to some up with lots of great menus.

2. Top 10 St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread
What would a holiday be without a Top Ten list on this site? These ten recipes are the ones I make every year during the week of St. Patrick's Day because they're the best of the best. Some of the recipes are perfect for using up leftovers too!

3. St. Patrick's Recipes with a Twist

Corned Beef Cabbage Quiche
Corned Beef Cabbage Quiche
These delicious recipes have just a little bit of a twist. For instance, turn Irish Soda Bread into drop biscuits, or make some Cabbage Tarts with corned beef! I enjoy these recipes, which are fun to make and eat. You could create your own recipes with a twist; just use your imagination!

4. Classic St. Patrick's Day Menu

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage
This classic menu is so wonderful I look forward to it every year. And I make it every year. To the letter.

5. Easy St. Patrick's Day Menu

Classic Corned Beef
Classic Corned Beef
If you want to serve a really authentic St. Patrick's Day menu that's easy too, this one is for you. Corned beef is simmered on the stovetop. Fingerling potatoes are pan roasted, and a side of crisp and fresh coleslaw is the perfect accompaniment. Yum.

6. Traditional St. Patrick's Day Menu

Corned Beef and Colcannon
Corned Beef and Colcannon
This traditional and delicious menu includes roasted corned beef, Colcannon, and a wonderfully rich Chocolate Mint Cake.

7. Start With ... Cabbage

Red Cabbage Tart
Linda Larsen
Cabbage is an inexpensive and healthy food that can be used in so many ways. My favorite recipe of this bunch is the little Cabbage Tarts. They are so cute, so delicious and so fun to eat.

8. Start With ... Corned Beef

Corned Beef Slaw Sandwich
Corned Beef Slaw Sandwich
Corned beef, whether you buy it and cook it specifically for these recipes or you're looking to use up leftovers, is a fabulous ingredient. The Corned Beef and Cabbage Tarts are my personal favorite, but I also love the Corned Beef and Slaw Sandwiches and the Reuben Monte Cristo, and Corned Beef Hash, and ...

9. St. Patrick's Day Leftover Recipes

Cabbage Tomato Bisque Soup
Cabbage Tomato Bisque Soup
These delicious recipes use corned beef and cabbage in some new ways, including little tarts, a corned beef scramble, and a tomato soup with chopped cabbage.

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