Somehow March 17th turns us all a little bit green. With the Guinness, the green beer, the soggy fish and chips, and the sad attempts at corned beef and cabbage at your local Irish pub - it's like we're trying to convince ourselves that the Emerald Isle can beat the Brits' culinary reputation.
But in reality, there are plenty of traditional Irish dishes that you'd be lucky to try. And no, they do not all involve potatoes. So here are 11 recipes that you can whip up this March that will actually go spectacularly well with all that beer you're going to be drinking.
1. Bangers and Mash
This dish is popular throughout the British Isles. Effectively, is the typical pub-grub of the region as it is hearty and full of flavor - a required combination if you're going to be guzzling beer.
This Irish dish is having a resurgence in Ireland. You can get them in all shapes, sizes, and thicknesses, and you can even use them as wraps for other ingredients.
What makes this potato pancakes different from other variations of this dish is the use of two types of potatoes: mashed and grated. The combination gives them a uniquely pleasing texture.
3. Battered Sausage
This is exactly what it sounds like: dipped, battered, and deep fried sausage. It's a corndog essentially. Traditionally these are served at fish and chips shops, but they're also incredibly easy to make at home.
Don't be fooled - these are not just mashed potatoes. They are beautifully buttered ground tubers that are heated, mashed, and then loaded with chopped scallions.
This Irish dish will warm your stomach and your heart all at once. If you want to really coax out the aromas of the simple ingredients that are used, you will need to cook it for an extended period over a slow fire. The result, however, will be worth the patience.
Think of these like flat gnocchis. Or you can compare them to Boxtys as they are quite similar but they are leavened and fried. In any case, you'll find that they are the perfect wrapper for your sausage or toast point for your jam.
7. Full Irish Breakfast
This breakfast dish is sure to soak up any leftover beer that you have in your system. Just make sure you drink lots of tea with it!
8. Irish Stew
You can't go wrong with a hearty stew. Thankfully, the weather is still cool enough to make it enjoyable, plus it's just always nice to have some nice comfort food served at the table.
Pasties are a bit like empanadas. You can stick any filling into their flaky pastry cocoon and it will be great. You can even be adventurous and mix sweet and savory together like in this recipe.
10. Soda Bread
Irish soda bread uses baking soda to chemically leaven the dough making it technically a "quick bread." That means nothing though in terms of taste. Any good soda bread will easily rival its yeasty cousin.
It can easily up the ante, too. Stick a few raisins in there and you'll be calling a loaf of this breakfast.
11. Steak and Guinness Pie
Ok, maybe just one recipe needs to involve Guinness. After all, it is St. Patrick's Day!
Pies are eaten throughout the British Isles and the former colonies because they are filling and delicious. They come in a myriad of flavors and fillings to suit everyone's tastes.
However, on March 17th, Steak and Guinness pie are particularly appropriate because, well, it's St. Patrick's Day and this pie has Guinness.