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Top St. Patrick Day Treats

April 22, 2013 Emily Murray Online 0 Comments

Top St. Patrick Day Treats

There’s no better way to celebrate a holiday than with a festive and themed holiday spread. Be sure to include some of these St. Patrick Day treats in your spread this March.

Corned beef
While it’s believed that corned beef is a traditional Irish food, most people in Ireland do not eat it, at least not much. Most of the people in Ireland who eat corned beef are tourists. The story goes that the Irish actually like eating boiled bacon joint best (salted pork), but when arriving in North America they couldn’t find enough pork, so they resorted to beef. Hence, the corned beef.

None the less, if you enjoy eating this salted beef, then St. Patrick’s Day is as good a day as any to indulge.

Potatoes
Historically, the potato has played an important role in many countries, including Ireland. Today, the Irish eat potatoes about as much as anyone else in the Western part of the world. The potato is a versatile food and is a component of many Irish recipes including stews, colcannon, and potato cakes.

Soda bread
Irish soda bread is quick and easy to make. The baked good got its name because of the inclusion of baking soda in the recipe and the ingredient’s chemical reaction that makes the bread what it is. It’s debatable whether soda bread originated in Ireland, but there’s no doubt that it is a popular food among the Irish.

Irish coffee
An Irish coffee starts with black coffee and transforms with cream, sugar, and whiskey. It’s popular the world over, and drinking an Irish coffee is a great way to start the holiday.

Green beer and drinks
Making your own green beer is incredibly easy. Pour your pint and add one drop of green food coloring. If beer isn’t your drink of choice, you could also add food coloring to white wine or soda water.

Green anything
If you need to dress in green on St. Patrick’s Day, then it only makes sense that you eat green foods, too. Here are a few ideas for your St. Patrick Day menu:

  • Brussels sprouts and broccoli cooked in bacon
  • Noodles in pesto sauce
  • Chips and guacamole
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Green apple and kiwi fruit salad

What will you be cooking and making for St. Patrick’s Day? Share in the comments.

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