Move Over Corned Beef and Cabbage: Delicious Irish Meals to Serve On St. Patrick’s Day

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and mash are a simple and delicious hearty meal consisting of sausage and mashed potatoes. Though it originated in the UK, it is a common meal for the entire region. The nickname of bangers, for sausage, is said to originate during the meat shortages of World War I when a higher water content was used during sausage production, which made them pop while being cooked.


Colcannon is common companion dish for boiled ham. It consists of mashed potatoes, typically mixed with cabbage or kale, with onions and butter for an added richness. The meal is traditionally served in the fall because it’s when kale is in harvest in Ireland, but can be eaten any time of year. It is also customarily served on Halloween with a ring, thimble, or coins hidden in the dish as a prize

Beef and Guinness Stew

There are several variations of this warm winter favorite, but typically the stew is made with beef, carrots, often times potatoes, and is flavored with the Irish stout beer classic, Guinness. It’s very customizable to individual tastes but most people agree that adding a little more beer than the recipe calls for has never hurt the stew. This stew is hearty and delicious especially on a cold night.

Irish Chicken and Leek Pie

This is essentially an Irish version of a Chicken Pot Pie. It’s a filling pie with a flaky crust and creaming filling consisting of chicken pieces, ham, leeks, onion and milk. The beauty of this meal is its simple ingredients combined into a one dish dinner. It is traditionally served hot, but it can be eaten cold too, when the filling has gained gelatinous consistency.

Irish Boxty

Irish Boxty is Ireland’s take on the potato pancake. Grated and mashed potatoes are combined with flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and in some recipes, egg. The mixture is fried in a griddle in the same manner one would cook a regular pancake. It is thought the name was an Irish term meaning poor house bread, but regardless of how its name originated, it’s a meal that anyone can enjoy.

Corned Beef Hash

For those who just can’t go a St. Patrick’s Day without their annual serving of corned beef, mix it up a little bit by having some corned beef hash instead. It’s made of chopped corned beef and potatoes, with spices and onion to taste. In the United States, it is often served for breakfast, but it can be eaten at any meal. It can be served as a meal on its own or in addition to something else.

Shepherd’s Pie

Traditionally, Shepherd’s Pie was considered to be a poor man’s meal. Leftover meat, typically beef or lamb is paired with a crust of mashed potatoes. While the two names are often interchangeable, Shepherd’s Pie is when lamb is used because shepherd’s take care of sheep, while Cottage Pie was beef. The dish is now a popular comfort food for many people, and corn is added to modern recipes.

Soda Bread

Soda Bread is a versatile bread that can be prepared as a meal accompaniment, a breakfast pastry or a dessert bread.  Instead of using yeast like most bread as a leavening agent, baking soda and buttermilk combine to add bubbles to the bread. It also isn’t kneaded like traditional bread. While the bread is made in several cultures, in Ireland the wheat used is a soft wheat, and yogurt or stout is used in place of the buttermilk.

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