One of the best things about holidays (even those that are considered low-key and not celebrated by everyone) is the simple fact that good food is almost always a part of the celebrating. In fact, you can nothing except gather a few of your favourite people over a tasty selection of themed treats and suddenly dinner takes on a festive feeling.
While kale colcannon may not scream, ‘let’s party’, nor would it ever be typically classified as a treat, it’s probably very different than something you serve for dinner on the regular, which makes it special and celebratory, at least as far as I’m concerned.
Here are 10 really good recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day dinner this year. All of them are easy to execute and bring about the flavours and ingredients we often associate with the Emerald Isle: corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, top-quality cheddar cheese, whisky and Guinness, of course!
Basic Irish Soda Bread: Dense and filling, if you aren’t familiar with baking bread from scratch this recipe is a great place to start.
Irish Soda Bread Three Ways: Three family-friendly variations on the classic recipe.
Chocolate Chip and Guinness Chili: Comfort food at its finest, this Guinness-infused chili is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
Irish ‘Flag’ Pasta and Veggie Platter: Irish eyes will be definitely be smiling with the simplicity of this toddler-friendly meal that is sure to captivate kids of all ages. Serve the pasta warm, or at room temperature with a side of ‘lucky leprechaun’ dip, otherwise known as pesto sauce.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Slaw Sliders: This simplified take on the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner makes eating Irish very easy thanks to the use of deli meat and readily available seasonal vegetables.
Potato Leek Soup with Cheddar Bacon Toasties: This classic potato and leek soup topped with Irish cheddar and bacon toasties is so good it’ll make you want to kiss the Blarney stone, or at the very least, the cook in the kitchen.
Maple-Whisky Glazed Salmon: A simple marinade of maple syrup, orange juice and whiskey combines to make a sophisticated yet simple dinner your dinner guests will delight in.
Kale Colcannon: On St. Patrick’s Day, turn to classic Irish-inspired dishes that are seasonal, relatively nutritious and economical, and have fun making dishes with wonky names boxty, coddle, champ, and colcannon.
Little Pots of Chocolate Gold: A simple stovetop chocolate pudding, lightly infused with a little peppermint extract, makes for a perfectly easy dessert that even the littlest of kids can help prepare.
Black and Tan Snacking Cake: This sweet riff of the classic cocktail made from dark and pale ales provides a decadent finish to dinner.