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14 St. Patrick's Day recipes from corned beef to Guinness cupcakes

You might be tempted to pour a little green food coloring into some beer and just call it a day on Saturday.

But why not celebrate St. Patrick's Day with something that's actually delicious? Bring a little bit of Ireland to the dinner table with these delicious recipes. Whether you're going for the traditional comfort foods or you want a twist on the classics (like stout beer cupcakes!), we've got you covered!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Make corned beef and cabbage for St. Patty’s Day

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You can't have a St. Patrick's Day meal without corned beef and cabbage, even if it is more of an Irish-American dish than a traditional Irish one. Chef Matt Murphy of the Irish House restaurant in New Orleans packs in plenty of flavor with mustard seeds, bay leaves and thyme.

Ella's Irish Soda Bread
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This bread is one of the easiest you'll ever make — no kneading necessary! Because it uses baking powder instead of yeast, you'll have warm and crusty bread on the table with very little wait time.

Colcannon and Champ Stir Fry
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This soulful comfort dish is a great way to turn leftover potatoes, cauliflower or ham into an easy meal.

Rosemary Garlic Hasselback Potatoes
Rosemary Garlic Hasselback Potatoes recipe
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Potatoes are a must for an authentic Irish meal. These beautiful Hasselback potatoes are sure to impress your guests. The fact that they're so easy to make can be your little secret!

Chocolate Guinness Cake

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These clever cakes are baked right in half-pint glasses. Fool your guests by adding the creamy Guinness-infused cream cheese frosting on top — the treats will look just like real mugs of the famous Irish stout.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
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This corned beef and cabbage recipe is made hassle free with the help of your slow cooker. Remember to add the cabbage at the end to prevent it from getting mushy.

Beef and Irish Stout Pie with Potato Pastry Topping
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The secret ingredient that makes this pie crust extra fluffy and soft? Mashed potatoes. The buttery dough pairs perfectly with savory fillings like the beef in this recipe.

Beef and Guinness Stew

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This stew uses very simple ingredients, but packs a ton of flavor. It can be served with some crusty Irish soda bread, or you can take it up a notch and use it as a savory pie filling.

Irish Champ
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Champ is a traditional Irish dish that takes a classic comfort food (mashed potatoes) and gives it a little pop of color and flavor by adding scallions. Add some wilted kale or cabbage to turn champ into another classic Irish side: colcannon.

Bacon-Roasted Cabbage Wedges
Bacon-Roasted Cabbage Wedges recipe
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This simple side dish can be made in one pan. And with only three ingredients, it comes together very quickly.

Howth Head Seafood Chowder
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If you don't eat red meat but still want an authentic Irish meal this St. Patrick's Day, this is the perfect dinner for you. This seafood chowder comes from the small Irish fishing village of Howth and will definitely stand out at the dinner table.

Chocolate Irish Stout Cupcakes

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Make Irish stout cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day!

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With chocolate in the batter and white chocolate in the icing, these cupcakes will be a chocolate lover's dream come true. The Guinness beer in the batter only intensifies the chocolate flavor and makes the cupcakes moist and tender.

Gur Cake
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This traditional cake from Dublin is the perfect way to use up any leftover, or even stale, bread.

Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Donal Skehan makes Irish coffee cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day
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These little cupcakes might look innocent but they are laced with Irish whiskey! They're a perfect St. Patrick's Day sweet treat for grown-ups.

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