Monday, March 12, 2012

St. Patty's Day recipe round-up

St. Patrick's Day is one of my all time favorite holidays. I get to eat some of my favorite foods! (I am still holding out for a decent beer to round things up to a perfect meal.) Slightly sweet quick bread, garlic-y veggies and corned beef... it's food made to be shared. (There is no such thing as boiled dinner for one. Though if you are in a pinch, I did have a pretty decent version at Solas, in the Lenox hotel. They topped the cabbage, carrots, potatoes, turnips and beef, with a parsley butter. Traditional, no, but delicious - YES!)

If the mood strikes you, I present to you the choose-your-own-adventure, and difficulty level, recipes. Soda bread - easy. Corned Beef & Cabbage - medium. Brining your own beef from scratch - medium but time consuming and worth it!

Corned Beef & Cabbage (aka boiled dinner)

 Irish Soda Bread

Corned Beef (literally corning or pickling of the beef) recipe

What are some of your favorite March 17th traditions?


  1. Make more than you'll eat for St. Patrick's Day dinner because the next day you want to chop up and fry the leftovers in butter, and onion. That's called 'Colcannon' and it's actually more traditionally Irish than corned beef and cabbage.
    Thanks for the brining recipe.

  2. YES! I love Colcannon much more than corned beef hash. Also, butter, mmmmmmmmm.