Ahh, glorious Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the only time of the year where it’s considered morally acceptable to ruin your favorite beer with green food coloring and not have people stare at you as if you’ve been dropped on your head one too many times. Additionally, the holiday is also known for all its delicious stout-infused recipes.
So, that being said, I’d suggest you kick back with a nice, cold Guinness (or, Jameson if you’d prefer) and indulge in these splendid St. Patrick’s Day food ideas to impress your friends and/or set your kitchen ablaze.
1. Homemade Corned Beef With Vegetables
I know what you’re most likely thinking; something along the lines of, “why the hell would I ever want to make corned beef and is it real corn?” I get it, so don’t fret, there are plenty of St. Patrick’s Day food ideas to go around. That said, we just have to commence with the most painful recipe. Be warned, however, because this one calls for turnips.
2. Irish Soda Scones
Realistically, you can’t have St. Patrick’s Day food ideas without some good ol’ fashion scones. No idea what the soda is all about, so you’re better off checking out this recipe rather than listening to me. Nonetheless, if you’re allergic to the godawful taste of caraway seeds (lord knows I am), you may want to stay about fourteen miles away from this one.
3. Colcannon Shepherd’s Pie
Come on, deep down inside you knew that you simply can’t have great St. Patrick’s Day food ideas without having at least six different Shepherd’s Pie recipes. Luckily for you, this one here is actually a hybrid with another Irish staple; Colcannon (no idea how to pronounce that).
4. Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes
Now we’re talking! These irresistible chocolate cupcakes are blended with world-famous Guinness beer and, in order to resemble shamrocks, topped with heart-shaped almond candies and sugared lime zest (fancy isn’t it). Any friends with a major sweet-tooth (or, you know, beer-tooth) will surely appreciate the effort.
5. Guinness Pie
The Guinness trend continues with this mouth-watering pie recipe. Again, you seriously can’t have unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day food ideas without having, at the very least, Guinness inside every single recipe that you create. The reason, dark stout enhances the rich flavor of the beef-and-vegetable stew filling. Better still, it’s topped with a golden Irish cheddar (whatever that means) crust.
6. Scones With Pears, Irish Cheddar, and Honey
Yup, we’re back at it with the scones and Irish cheddar. This time, however, it’s for a tasty hipster St. Patrick’s Day brunch! All you need to do, besides not cut yourself, is slice up some ripe pears and sharp Irish cheddar and subsequently smash them between some buttermilk scones. Oh, and don’t forget to drizzle the honey. Hipsters love their honey.
7. Stout-Braised Lamb
Beer-bellied meat lovers rejoice, this one’s for you! What’s the key to flavorful lamb, you ask? Well, all you need to do is get a nice sear on the lamb before you begin the braising process. That said, if you don’t know what the hell braising means, I suggest you skip this one. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long day.
8. Irish Coffee Blondies
For the first time amongst all these fabulous St. Patrick’s Day food ideas, I ask you to step away from the Guinness and instead reach for the Bailey’s. This recipe entails freshly ground coffee to heighten a classic blondie batter. Likewise, whiskey adds an extra punch to the sugar glaze’s otherwise delicious face.
9. Irish Beef and Stout Stew
I was definitely not kidding when I said that all great St. Patrick’s Day food ideas should incorporate stout into nearly everything. This classic recipe is certainly no different so, with that in mind, let out your alcoholic tendencies like no one’s watching and pour it in!
10. Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Nothing says, “Kiss me I’m Irish…and drunk” quite like these whiskey and espresso-infused cupcakes. To get the party really going, make sure to add some Jameson whiskey to the whipped-cream frosting as well. You’ll have people passed out on your floor in no time. Cheers!
Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen, innovative St. Patrick’s Day food ideas that the entire family, friends, and unwanted neighbors can enjoy! Nevertheless, if you have any tasty St. Patrick’s Day food ideas up your sleeve, I’d love to read them!
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