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Recipes that Make St. Paddy Proud

March 13th, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and it is the perfect opportunity to entertain guests the Irish way. Invite your friends over for a St. Paddy’s party festooned with green streamers and other décor and overflowing with scrumptious Irish food that you and your guests will enjoy.

Traditional Irish recipes are perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day party and will make your guests feel just a wee bit Irish on this holiday.

 

Irish Stew

This classic Irish dish is made from lamb, potatoes, carrots, potatoes, and thyme; put together in a pan; and braised inside an oven. But don’t worry, this recipe from BBC Good Food is easy to cook and will only take two hours, give or take.

 

irish stew
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Like just about any stew, this one is made from locally grown ingredients, so lamb/mutton and potatoes are staples. For spices, onions and parsley are favorites, although other herbs may be used. This recipe can also be altered to match your tastes and needs.

This Irish stew goes well with toast and works well as an appetizer.

 

Guinness and Honey Glazed Pork Loin

No St. Paddy’s party will be complete without a dish glazed in reduced liquor. This meaty goodness is a great main course for your party with its distinct aroma and taste that is native to Ireland.

 

roasted pork
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Guinness originated in Dublin and is one of the best beer brands worldwide. This recipe from BBC Good Food uses 300ml Guinness and clear honey reduced to make a sweet, thick, very Irish glaze for the pork.

The recipe suggests using the thick end of a boneless loin of pork for a tastier treat. Like any other recipe, you can exchange the other ingredients to fit your tastes.

 

Colcannon

The colcannon is a traditional side dish made from potatoes and cabbage. Much like American mashed potatoes, the colcannon is a perfect companion to the Guinness and honey glazed pork loin. While preparing it may take two hours of your time, you can be assured that it works well with any meat dish.

 

colcannon
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You can substitute kale for cabbage and add ham or bacon like what this recipe from the Food Network suggests. As a finishing touch, garnish the colcannon with parsley.

 

Drinks

Make your party more festive with green beer! Use food coloring to turn your beer green then serve it to your guests. For a more sophisticated touch, serve green apple martini instead; it’s tangy and sweet at the same time.

 

Take time to prepare Irish games for your friends to make the party more memorable. And, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can go pub hopping after dinner for a traditional St. Patrick’s Day experience.

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