8 Authentic Irish Foods for St. Paddy's Day

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Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with these traditional Irish recipes from Fareway!

Irish recipes with dancing clovers

Each year on March 17th both the Irish and the Irish-at-heart enjoy St. Patrick’s Day celebrations across the globe. What began as a religious, day-long feast for the patron saint of Ireland has transitioned into an international celebration of the Irish culture. Today, we enjoy the special holiday in various ways such as dying the Chicago River green, attending the famous Boston and New York parades, indulging in green beer and last, but not least, digging into a hearty Irish meal.

This St. Paddy’s Day, take a ride on the Irish side and try out a few ‘authentic’ Irish recipes straight from the Emerald Isle!

Traditional Irish Corned Beef 

corned beef in a pot

The season of green is almost here! What better way to celebrate than with this Irish-American corned beef recipe? Whether you prefer to prepare this tasty dish on the stove or in a crock-pot, this easy and melt-in-your-mouth meal with make you want seconds in no time.

Fun Fact: Corned beef and cabbage came about when Irish-Americans reinterpreted and altered the original dish after voyaging from the Emerald Isle. The original recipe included Irish bacon instead of corned beef.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread

This Ireland original has been a staple in Irish homesteads for many years. Help keep the tradition alive by preparing soda bread this St. Paddy’s Day. This delectable recipe uses baking soda as a substitute for yeast as it’s leavening agent, hence the name soda bread.

Fun Fact: Soda bread is often made in different shapes depending on what region of Ireland you are in.

Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew

While today’s take on Ireland's traditional beef stew is slightly different than the original, the taste is no less decadent. Made with three pounds of beef chuck roast, slow roasted onions and a bottle of Irish brew, this hearty stew will be a huge hit this St. Patty’s Day.

Fun Fact: Because sheep are more common in Ireland, a traditional Irish stew is made with mutton or lamb rather than beef.

Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pot Roast Pie 

Pot Roast Pie

Known as both cottage pie or shepherd’s pie, and a staple in various countries across Europe, this Irish recipe is a must when celebrating St. Paddy’s Day. Made with beef pot roast, mashed potatoes, thyme, shredded cheese and vegetables - you will feel like you found a four-leaf clover after you try it.

Fun Fact: Shepard’s pie dates back to the 1700s - 1800s, with many stating the recipe came about due to housewives trying to find new ways to serve leftover meat.

Vegetable Shepherd's Pie 

Vegetable Shepherd's Pie

Looking for a healthier way to enjoy a traditional Shepherd's pie recipe this St. Paddy’s Day? With just a few minor substitutes and alternatives, this vegetable shepherd's pie will provide you with a guilt-free version of the original.

Fun Fact: A cottage pie recipe usually involves beef, whereas a shepherd's pie recipe uses lamb.

Shamrock Shake 

Shamrock Milkshake

Each year around St. Paddy’s Day, American’s everywhere come running for the shamrock shake. Though this tasty shake isn’t a traditional Irish drink, it is delicious and easy to make on your own. You can make the recipe a bit healthier by substituting milk for half and half.

Fun Fact: The shamrock shake was first launched in 1970 by McDonald's.

Irish Apple Muffins 

Apple Bran Muffins

Apples have always been an integral part of Irish history and culture. This St. Patrick’s Day, spice up your breakfast with these warm and cozy Irish apple muffins. The recipe makes about 12 muffins and only 40 minutes to prepare and bake.

Fun Fact: Apple trees were so important in old Ireland that if you had an apple tree on your land it was thought to be protected by the Celtic goddess, Brigit.

Apple Sweet Potato Bake 

Apple Sweet Potato dish

Finish your ‘authentic’ Irish cuisine theme this St. Patrick’s Day with this Apple Sweet Potato Bake. Calling for ingredients such as brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and apple pie filling, this hearty dish will be ready to serve your family in about 45 minutes.

Fun Fact: The history of the sweet potato dates back to 750 B.C. Later on, around 1740, the modifier sweet was added to potato to help differentiate from white potatoes that came to America with the Irish immigrants.

Ready to cook for St. Patrick’s Day without spending a pot of gold?

These delectable recipes will make you feel like you hit the taste bud jackpot. Looking for additional recipe options? Check out Fareway recipes. And from our Fareway family to yours, have a wonderful St. Paddy’s Day!

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Caitlyn graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Dietetics. She has worked in nutrition at Mid Iowa Community Action and as a clinical dietitian for the Iowa Veterans Home and Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. Her goal is to help you and your family develop and maintain healthy lifestyles by sharing creative and practical nutrition tips.

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