On March 17, one might be tempted to pour a little green food coloring into some beer and just call it a day.
But why not celebrate St. Patrick's Day with something that's nourishing and festive?
With these delightful recipes, it'll feel like a bit of Ireland landed right on the dinner table. Most of the recipes are so simple, you won't even need the luck of the Irish to prepare them. Whether you're going for traditional comfort foods or want a twist on the classics (like cupcakes flavored with Guinness), we've got you covered.
Sides and starters
This bread is one of the easiest you'll ever make because there's no kneading necessary. This recipe uses baking powder instead of yeast, so you'll have warm, crusty bread on the table with very little wait time.
Potatoes are a must for any authentic Irish meal. These beautiful Hasselback potatoes are sure to impress guests. The fact that they're so easy to make can be your little secret.
Need something to balance out all that beer and Irish soda bread? This soup is vegan and gluten free, but it's still totally festive (because it's green) and it's packed with restorative antioxidants.
This simple side dish can be made in one pan. With only three ingredients, this recipe comes together in a flash.
This combination of a hot, fluffy potato, silky crème fraîche and fresh flat-leaf parsley topped with jewels of trout caviar will soon become your favorite celebratory dish.
This soulful comfort dish is a great way to turn leftover potatoes, cauliflower and ham into an easy meal.
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 the leafy vegetable from getting toomushy.
What's the secret ingredient that makes this pie crust extra fluffy and soft? Mashed potatoes. The buttery dough pairs perfectly with the savory filling in this recipe.
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.
Comforting buttery colcannon, along with crunchy, juicy breaded pork chops makes this dish the ultimate Irish soul food. The honey dip is addictive, plus it's great served with chicken wings or pork ribs, too.
This stew uses very simple ingredients, but packs in 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.
If you don't eat red meat but still want an authentic Irish meal on 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.
This is one of Irish cookbook author Donal Shekan's favorite dinners. Season the beer-battered fish with a generous sprinkle of sea salt, some lemon wedges and a good helping of chips.
The Guinness-infused caramel brings a fun twist to this classic treat. If you're going to a party or hosting people on St. Patrick's Day, this recipe can be made the night before.
Combine rich and creamy chocolate with the cool, crisp taste of mint in this easy-to-prepare pie that's a total crowdpleaser. Its green filling makes it a perfectly festive dish for any celebrations. Did we mention it has an Oreo crust?
This traditional cake from Dublin is the perfect way to use up any leftover or stale bread.
These little cupcakes might look cute, but they pack a real punch since they're laced with Irish whiskey. This sweet treat is great for grown-up revelers.
With chocolate in the batter and white chocolate in the icing, these cupcakes will be any chocolate lover's dream come true. The Guinness beer in the batter intensifies the chocolate flavor and makes the cupcakes incredibly moist and tender.