Host A St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

A classic boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, onions, and carrots.

There are many great ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but one of the best is through exploring food. Some people like to make everyday recipes unique by adding a St. Paddy’s Day or green theme. And others want to add some Irish cuisine to the menu. Explore a bit of both and host a memorable St. Patrick’s Day dinner.

The Iconic Corned Beef and Cabbage

Making corned beef and cabbage fresh at home produces a delicious meal. You might like it so much that you’ll start making it throughout the year. And best of all, you can make it in the slow cooker. Of course, the secret to tender corned beef is to let it cook for a long time. In fact, it might take close to 10 hours in the slow cooker. After the beef cooks for a few hours, add the potatoes and carrots. Wait until the last two hours to add the cabbage wedges, and you’ll end up with a delightful Irish meal.

Shamrock Veggie Skewers Shine

While everyone is waiting for the corned beef and cabbage main course, serve up some appetizers. Of course, these skewers aren’t Irish cuisine, but they fit the green theme. Slice green bell peppers, broccoli florets, and cucumber and stick them onto bamboo skewers. And if you have a shamrock cookie cutter or patience and small scissors, take it up a notch. You can cut the bell pepper into shamrock shapes. In addition, if you have spice-loving guests, add some jalapeño slices.

Colcannon Puffs Side

Colcannon is a well-known Irish dish many people make for St. Patrick’s Day. But if you want to update how you enjoy this recipe, try making them into puffs. After you make your usual colcannon recipe, use a spoon to scoop out small, one-inch balls. Next, bake them at 425°F for 20 minutes on each side. Of course, you could also use your hands to form larger patties and fry them in a pan with oil. Either way, these are a delicious side. Making your colcannon into puffs can also help kids enjoy the kale you include in it. And if you are making an allergy-friendly meal, these puffs can be gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free.

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Potato Candy for Desserts

Actually, these treats don’t include any potatoes. But they do end up looking like small potatoes. And making this dessert is simple. First, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and sweetened shredded coconut. After you form them into balls, roll them in cinnamon to give them a potato look. Of course, if you have kids, this is a great recipe to make. In fact, they’ll love helping to mix the ingredients and roll them in the cinnamon.

Whether you host a large party or a small dinner with loved ones, these recipes will taste great. And you can prepare much of it ahead of time so you can enjoy your time with your friends. This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate the holiday through food. Slainté!

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