St. Patrick's Day Party Food Ideas

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March 17th has been the accepted date to honor St. Patrick for centuries, involving a meal and the gathering of friends and family. While little is known about the life of St. Patrick, millions of people around the world continue to celebrate the day in his honor. From cookies shaped like shamrocks and leprechauns, to Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Coffee, it’s all fun and games on St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, try out some of these authentic Irish foods to wow your guests.

Irish Stew Recipe


1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder cut into 1 and a half inch pieces, 1/2 teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper to taste, 1 large onion sliced, 2 carrots peeled and cut into large chunks, 1 parsnip peeled and cut into large chunks, 4 cups of water or as needed, 3 peeled and quartered large potatoes, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, 1 cup coarsely chopped leeks, chopped fresh parsley for garnish.


Heat oil over medium heat in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Add lamb pieces and cook, stirring until evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the onions, carrots and parsnips and cook gently alongside the meat for a few minutes. Stir in the water. Cover and bring to a boil before turning the heat down to low. Simmer for 1 hour or longer, depending on the cut of meat you used and if it is tender yet.

Stir in potatoes and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, before adding leaks and rosemary. Continue to simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender but still whole. Serve piping hot in bowls garnished with fresh parsley. Note: Some people add a bit of Guinness while it simmers.

Serves: 6. Calories per serving 609.

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Apple Amber with Meringue Recipe


1 8-inch pie crust ready for filling, 1 lb. cooking apples, 4 tablespoons butter, sugar, 1 grated lemon rind, 1 lemon squeezed of juice, 2 lightly beaten egg yolks. 2 egg whites and 3 oz. caster sugar.

For the apple amber, peel, core and slice the apples. Put 2 tablespoons of cold water into a saucepan and add the apples and butter. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes, and add sugar to taste. Then, beat until smooth. Add lemon rind and juice and add the egg yolks. Mix together and pour into the pie dish. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the pastry is browned and the filling has set.

For meringue, whisk the egg whites until they are very stiff and add fold in 2 oz. of sugar. When the apple amber is done, reset the oven to 150 degrees. Pile the meringue on top of the apple and add the remaining sugar on top. Bake 30-40 minutes until the meringue is crisp and lightly brown on top. Serve hot or cold.

Serves: 4. Calories per serving 513.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe


4 1/2 pounds corned beef brisket, 5 black peppercorns, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 peeled and whole onion, 2 bay leaves, 1 pinch salt, 1 small head of cabbage, 6 large quartered potatoes, 4 large peeled and sliced carrots, 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons butter.


In a 6-quart Dutch oven or large stockpot, place the beef brisket, peppercorns, garlic powder, onion, bay leaves and salt. Fill the pan with water to one inch above the food and bring to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes. Skim off any residue that floats to the top. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 hours, until meat can be pulled apart with a fork.

Once the meat is done add the cabbage, potatoes and carrots, pressing them down into the liquid. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Skim off any oil that comes to the surface, and then stir in the butter and parsley. Remove the pot from heat.

Remove the meat from the pot and place on a serving dish and let sit for 15 minutes. Also remove the vegetables and place in a bowl to keep warm. Slice meat on the diagonal against the grain. Serve meat on a platter and spoon juices over meat and vegetables.

Serves: 8. Calories per serving: 515.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe


3 cups all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/3 cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 lightly beaten egg, 2 cups buttermilk, 1/4 cup melted butter.


Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours or overnight for best flavor.

Serves: 12. Calories per serving 192.

A great St. Patrick’s Day party starts around good food and Irish drinks. Once you have your decorations set up, make sure you try some of these authentic St. Patrick’s day party food ideas.

For more St. Patrick's Day recipes, see Traditional St. Patrick's Day Recipes and St. Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes.


Last Updated: March 5, 2012
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About Leah Gillis Leah Gillis has worked for several major news outlets, as well as a television series on home buying and decor. Having grown up in New England, she has lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Milan. When not trying to get a great deal, she is often found reading something, writing something or talking to someone.

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