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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a big beer and a plate of meat.

The Daily Meal's editors, contributors, and readers dig into some pretty great restaurants, festivals, and meals. There's not always enough time to give a full review of a restaurant or describe in depth why a place, its food, and the people who prepare it are noteworthy, so Snackshot of the Day does what photographs do best, rely on the image to do most of the talking.

Today's Snackshot is of a traditional St. Patrick's Day feast. Seen here is mashed potatoes with cabbage and caraway, corned beef, and a Guinness. When planning your St. Patrick's Day meals this weekend, be sure to include this classic Irish meal and lift a few pints of Guinnesses as well. Though corned beef can take a long time to cook, it's worth it in the end if done right.

Read more about The Daily Meal's Snackshot feature. To submit a photo, email jbruce[at], subject: "Snackshots." Follow The Daily Meal's photo editor Jane Bruce on Twitter.

59 St. Patrick's Day Recipes That Are Better Than a Pot of Gold

These tasty Irish recipes are yet another reason to celebrate the fun holiday this year.

Each year on March 17, people around the world celebrate the life and death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick's Day activities involve going to your local Irish pub, gulping Guinness, and of course enjoying some Irish food. Even though you can't go to your favorite Irish pub this year to celebrate, you can still get in the spirit of the holiday by making some of these amazing St. Patrick's Day recipes at home.

Whether you want to begin the day with a hearty corned beef hash, have a classic Reuben for lunch, or enjoy an afternoon tea break with some Irish bread and pastries, there's an Irish recipe on this list that will fit into whatever plans you have to celebrate the holiday. So whip up one of these delicious Irish-inspired dishes and drinks, then settle in to watch one of the many great St. Patrick's Day movies that feature Irish stories in all different genres. Whatever you decide to do to celebrate this year, just remember to wear green and have fun!

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes with a Twist

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner—a day full of parades, celebration, Irish heritage, and all things green.

This year, we decided to spruce up our St. Patty’s Day menu. Using the traditional ingredients and Paula’s recipes, we came up with a fantastic menu that is a twist on the traditional. Your guests will be sure to love it!

The meat is the focal point of this delicious meal. Traditionally it’s corned beef, a cured and salted cut of beef that is braised over a long period of time, but this year we decided to substitute this dish with Marilyn’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast. Braised for hours in a slow cooker, this pot roast is delicious, tender, and juicy.

And, now for the sides: No St. Patrick’s Day dinner is complete without cabbage. Paula’s Country Style Fried Cabbage is the perfect substitution for the blander boiled variety we are used to. Cooking the cabbage in bacon fat takes the flavor to a whole new level!

We all know the Irish love their potatoes, but who wants plain old boiled potatoes when you can have Buttery Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes? This dish is irresistibly creamy with an added richness from the buttermilk.

To add a little color to your plate, we thought we would mix in a bright veggie. Paula’s Honey Lemon Carrots are sweet, tangy, and the perfect pairing to the rest of your meal.

You’ll definitely need something to sop up all the yumminess from your plate. Skip the Irish Soda Bread this year, and make a batch of Paula’s Garlic Cheese Biscuits. Flaky and cheesy, biscuits don’t get any better than this!

So now that you have the basic meal down, it’s time for dessert. You know Paula—she loves her grits. She loves them so much she even puts them in dessert. Her Green Grits Pie is the absolute perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day. Sweet, creamy, and bright green, it’s an absolute must-have for your party! Really impress everyone, and make a batch of Homemade Irish Creme Liqueur to wash it all down with.

This St. Patrick’s Day, have fun, celebrate to your hearts content, and fill your belly with Paula’s not-so-traditional feast!

A classic St. Patrick's Day feast involves corned beef and cabbage&mdashand maybe a swig or two of beer&mdashbut there are many other delicious recipes that can be eaten on March 17, too. Whether your family has been observing the holiday for generations or you just love an excuse to entertain friends, a St. Patrick's Day celebration is always a good idea, and every good party needs equally good food. This collection of recipes includes a wide array of classic dishes to make for your St. Patrick's Day festivities, plus a few more unexpected options, like the Stout Shandy pictured here.

If you're looking for an authentically Irish meal, you might be surprised to hear that corned beef is actually the least popular choice for a St. Patrick's Day meal in Ireland. According to a historical account from Smithsonian Magazine, pork and bacon were far more popular (and less expensive) in Ireland until the late 18th century, when English farmers flooded the country with cattle and a newfound taste for beef. Beef has since become a staple in St. Patrick's Day recipes stateside, with everything from Irish Stew to corned beef earning their spots on holiday tables. We even have a recipe for Instant Pot Corned Beef, which is perfect for those who like their Irish feast faster.

Whether you choose to focus on a hearty main or serve a bunch of appetizers, we're walking you through our best recipes for St. Patrick's Day. Ahead, 25 of our best recipes for the holiday, including everything from a fun spin on classic Irish soda bread to tasty, unexpected St. Patrick's Day cocktails. And because we know that no feast is complete without a sweet treat, we've also included a handful of our very best St. Patrick's Day desserts, too.

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In this Food 911 video, Tyler Florence makes Galumpkis. This meat stuffed cabbage roll is baked and smothered in sweet and sour tomato sauce. Follow these steps to make this East European classic. 1. To make the sauce: 2. Coat a 3-quart saucepan with the oil and place over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and sugar simmer, until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat. 3. Place a skillet over medium heat and coat with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Sauté the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until soft. Stir in the tomato paste, a splash of wine, parsley, and 1/2 cup of the prepared sweet and sour tomato sauce, mix to incorporate and then take it off the heat. Combine the ground meat in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg, the cooked rice, and the sauteed onion mixture. Toss the filling together with your hands to combine, season with a generous amount of salt and pepper. 4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Remove the large, damaged outer leaves from the cabbages and set aside. Cut out the cores of the cabbages with a sharp knife and carefully pull off all the rest of the leaves, keeping them whole and as undamaged as possible, (get rid of all the small leaves and use them for coleslaw or whatever.) Blanch the cabbage leaves in the pot of boiling water for 5 minutes, or until pliable. Run the leaves under cool water then lay them out so you can assess just how many blankets you have to wrap up the filling. Next, carefully cut out the center vein from the leaves so they will be easier to roll up. Take the reserved big outer leaves and lay them on the bottom of a casserole pan, let part of the leaves hang out the sides of the pan. This insulation will prevent the cabbage rolls from burning on the bottom when baked. Use all the good looking leaves to make the cabbage rolls. Put about 1/2 cup of the meat filling in the center of the cabbage and starting at what was the stem-end, fold the sides in and roll up the cabbage to enclose the filling. Place the cabbage rolls side by side in rows, seam-side down, in a casserole pan. 5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 6. Pour the remaining sweet and sour tomato sauce over the cabbage rolls. Fold the hanging leaves over the top to enclose and keep the moisture in. Drizzle the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake for 1 hour until the meat is cooked.

These Essential Recipes Are the Stars of Martha's St. Patrick's Day Feast

Come March, our founder looks forward to cooking up a traditional feast for friends and family on St. Patrick&rsquos Day. Over the years she's tried many different recipes, but these are her over-the-rainbow favorites.

When I was growing up, my mother made it a tradition to serve a big kettle of brined brisket, prepared with cooked cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and turnips, whenever the calendar hit March 17. She would bring the meal to the table on an immense board, along with small bowls of coarse salt and hot mustard. Sometimes our Irish neighbors joined us, and they would regale us with stories from their home country. Sometimes it was just us. But we always loved every minute of it, and stuffed ourselves accordingly.

When I hired Kevin Sharkey, who today is our executive director of design and a very dear friend, he made it crystal clear that St. Patrick&aposs Day was an important holiday to him. Raised in Boston, he looked forward to eating his Irish grandmother Mary&aposs simple, uncomplicated dishes𠅎specially her corned beef, cabbage, and turnips. She would also order a box of fresh shamrocks from Ireland, which she&aposd receive right in time for the day. Kevin now cherishes the motif, and collects shamrock-adorned crystal, silver, porcelain, and linens.

His love for the holiday reminded me of my mother&aposs custom, and inspired me to start cooking this spread annually for everyone at the office, much to Kevin&aposs delight. (One time I even had bagpipers come and play down the halls.) It&aposs also the perfect excuse to invite friends over and enjoy it at home.

St. Patrick's Day 2021

Saint Patrick’s Day is Wednesday, March 17! Who was Saint Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of this day? Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day history, legends, and lore.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2021!

This year, St. Patrick’s Day will be observed on Wednesday, March 17.

Although the holiday originally started as a Christian feast day celebrating the life of St. Patrick and the spreading of Christianity to Ireland, today, it is a day of revelry and a celebration of all things Irish. Don’t forget to wear green!

When Is St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is officially observed on March 17 each year, though celebrations may not be limited to this date. The significance of March 17 is that it’s said to be the date of St. Patrick’s death in the late 5th century (circa A.D. 493).

St. Patrick’s Day Dates

*In the years when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday or during Holy Week, the Almanac keeps it there and treats it as a secular holiday only. Churches may transfer this to another date, however, for the feast day. Or, cities may change their official celebration date.

Who Was St. Patrick? Was He a Real Person?

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He is credited with successfully spreading Christianity throughout Ireland—hence the Christian celebration of his life and name.

Was There Really a St. Patrick?

Definitely. However, there are many legends about him that mix with the truth. Did he play a large role in spreading Christianity to Ireland? Yes, absolutely. Did he really drive all the snakes out of Ireland? Probably not, since snakes weren’t native to Ireland to begin with!

In any case, St. Patrick’s impact was significant enough to warrant our modern-day celebrations. Here’s a bit about St. Patrick himself.

A Young St. Patrick Finds God

The man who would eventually become St. Patrick was born in Britain (part of the Roman Empire at the time) as Maewyn Succat in the late 4th century. His family was Christian, but it’s said that Maewyn himself was an atheist throughout his childhood.

That would change at age 16 (around A.D. 400), when Maewyn was kidnapped from his home on the west coast of Britain by Irish pirates, who proceeded to carry him off to Ireland and force him to work as a shepherd herding sheep. After six years, he escaped his captors, walking nearly 200 miles through the Irish landscape and convincing a ship to carry him with them back to Britain. This harrowing experience certainly had an effect on Maewyn, who was convinced it was the Lord who protected him and delivered him safely home.

A stained glass recreation of St. Patrick holding a shamrock, found in Junction City, Ohio. Photo by Nheyob/Wikimedia Commons.

St. Patrick Spreads the Gospel

Upon returning home, Maewyn received his call (in a dream) to preach the Gospel—in Ireland, of all places! He spent the next 15 or so years in a monastery in Britain, preparing for his missionary work. When he became a priest, his name was changed to Patricius, and he returned to the land of his captors to begin his teachings.

Although some Christians already lived in Ireland at the time, the country was largely pagan, so spreading a foreign religion was not an easy task. Patricius traveled from village to village to share the teachings of the Lord, and was successful enough to eventually found many churches there.

Why Is the Shamrock Associated With St. Patrick’s Day?

We wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day because, legend says, St. Patrick used its three leaves to explain the Holy Trinity in his teachings. (The Trinity is the Father, the Son, and the Spirit as three divine persons who are one divine being [God].) The truth of the St. Patrick legend, however, is in question, as there is no direct record that the saint actually used the shamrock as a teaching tool.

Note: The symbol of St. Patrick is a three-leaf shamrock, not a four-leaf clover. However, long before the shamrock became associated with St. Patrick’s Day, the four-leaf clover was regarded by ancient Celts as a charm against evil spirits. In the early 1900s, O. H. Benson, an Iowa school superintendent, came up with the idea of using a clover as the emblem for a newly founded agricultural club for children in his area. In 1911, the four-leaf clover was chosen as the emblem for the national club program, later named 4-H.

More St. Patrick’s Day Facts, Fun, and Folklore

  • Blue was the color originally associated with St. Patrick, but green is now favored.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the American colonies was held in New York City on this day in 1762.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day for planting peas, even in the snow! See our fun video on how to plant peas.
  • Cabbage seeds are often planted today, too, and old-time farmers believed that to make them grow well, you needed to plant them while wearing your nightclothes! See our Cabbage Growing Guide. No PJ s required!

“On St. Patrick’s Day, the warm side of a stone turns up,
and the broad-back goose begins to lay.”

Irish Beef Stew. Photo by Sumners Graphics Inc./Getty Images.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Would you like to cook something special for St. Patrick’s Day? You don’t need the luck of the Irish! Check out our list of St. Patrick’s Day recipes for corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and more ideas beyond green milk and beer!

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Q: Why should you never iron a four-leaf clover?
A: You don’t want to press your luck!

Create Your Own Luck With Cute and Easy St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, has a pretty detailed history behind it. While we may see St. Patrick’s Day as a day of food and fun, March 17 is traditionally known as a religious holiday in honor of (yes, you guessed it) Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. According to legend, one of his greatest deeds was banishing all of the snakes from Ireland, but no one really knows the true history of St. Patrick for sure.

Today, people all over the world celebrate the holiday by wearing green and preparing Irish foods and drinks like Irish brown bread, corned beef and cabbage, Irish cream chocolate mousse cake, Irish coffee, and Irish potato soup. Some cities really get into the holiday by dyeing their rivers green — Chicago does this every year — while others throw festivals and parades.

In honor of St. Patrick (and delicious desserts) here are a few of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes. Take a look to see which sweet treat you’ll want to whip up for your family this year!

St. Patty's Day Shamrock Wands

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How to Host a Memorable St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Channel the luck of the Irish with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Here’s a menu featuring some of our favorite Irish recipes, like corned beef and cabbage, braised short ribs and colcannon, a mix of mashed potatoes with cabbage and leeks. Click through to try the recipes, and scroll down for tips on pulling off the party.

A hearty main course is traditional for St. Paddy’s Day, and it’s also an easy solution for feeding a crowd. Try a one-pot meal of corned beef and cabbage , or a slow-cooked beef and stout pie topped with stilton pastry. Or, braise short ribs in stout for toasty flavors and meat that falls off the bone.

For a side dish, make a big pot of colcannon, a peasant dish typically made from leftover potatoes and vegetables. If there are vegetarians in your crowd, skip the bacon — it will still be substantial enough for a meatless main course.

No Irish-themed meal is complete without Irish soda bread , and our version gets a little extra texture from rolled oats. Slice and serve with good Irish butter.

For something sweet, whip up a batch of these butterscotch custards . They make a beautiful presentation, and a splash of whiskey adds a special kick. Purists, use Irish whisky in place of the Scotch. And don’t forget a warm mug of Irish coffee to top it off.

  • 1 to 2 days ahead: Make your main course. Most slow-cooked dishes can be prepared in full, cooled to room temperature and refrigerated for a day or so—in fact, the flavors will improve over time (and if you decide to celebrate early this weekend, you can save some leftovers for March 17, too!). Make the soda bread and store in an airtight container. Make the custards and refrigerate overnight.
  • Day of: Make the colcannon.
  • Just before serving: Reheat your main course. Brew a pot of coffee for the Irish coffees. If you like, toast the bread.

Of course, you’ll need beer to toast the holiday. Not sure what to serve? Check out our favorite brews for St. Patrick’s Day . They can be for cooking, too—check out more recipes using beer .

Make it easy on yourself and have dessert delivered straight to your door. Our More Guinness Cupcakes are modeled after a heady pint of Ireland’s famed beer: rich, Belgian dark chocolate cake infused with dark stout and topped with a fluffy Guinness-flavored buttercream.

Feast on Irish pub fare this St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were different in 2020. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many communities were forced to cancel their annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Typically lively, jovial gatherings of good-spirited revelers, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are beloved by Irish and non-Irish people alike.
Though the COVID-19 vaccines figure to help people across the globe return to a semblance of normalcy at some point in 2021, that long-awaited return to life as the world once knew it is unlikely to occur before mid-March. That means St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in 2021 will likely have to take place at home.
With no parade to attend, would-be Patty’s Day revelers may have to take matters into their own hands this March 17. Cooking up some traditional Irish fare, such as this recipe for “Bacon and Cabbage” from Margaret M. Johnson’s “The Irish Pub Cookbook” (Chronicle Books) is a great way to bring a taste of your favorite Irish pub into your home this St. Patrick’s Day.

3 lbs. Irish boiling bacon
1 small head cabbage, cored and quartered
Parsley Sauce or Whole-Grain Mustard Sauce for serving (see below)
Boiled potatoes for serving
1. Put bacon in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water slowly to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, skimming the water occasionally to remove foam, for 1½ hours (about 30 minutes per pound), or until the meat is tender when pierced with a fork.
2. About 20 minutes before the bacon is cooked, add cabbage. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cabbage is tender, but not soggy. Transfer bacon to a serving dish, and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Drain cabbage, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking liquid for the Parsley sauce or 1½ cups for the Whole-Grain Mustard Sauce, and transfer to a serving dish.
3. To serve, slice meat and serve it with cabbage, potatoes and sauce.
Serves 4 to 6

4 Tbsp. unsalted Irish butter
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
¼ cup bacon cooking liquid
1¼ cups hot milk
½ cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Gradually stir in flour. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until blended.
Slowly stir in cooking liquid, then the milk. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Add salt, pepper and parsley, and cook, whisking constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes more, or until the sauce is smooth.
Serve warm.

2 Tbsp. unsalted Irish butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
2/3 cup dry white wine
1¼ cups bacon cooking liquid, plus more as needed
1¼ cups half-and-half, plus more as needed
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft.
Stir in mustard and wine, and cook for 2 minutes. Add cooking liquid and half-and-half and cook, whisking constantly, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until reduced by half. Add salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the mixture has a creamy consistency. Add more boiling liquid or half-and-half, if needed, to make a smooth sauce.
Serve warm.
Makes about 2 cups

Here is an appetizer recipe for Irish Pub Cheese from

14 oz. Irish cheddar
4 oz. cream cheese
½ cup light Irish-style beer
1 clove garlic
1½ tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. paprika
Break cheddar into chunks and place in a food processor.
Pulse to break cheddar up into small pieces.
Add cream cheese, beer, garlic, ground mustard and paprika. Puree until completely smooth.
Scrape the sides of the bowl and puree again if needed.
Serve with pita chips, bread, crackers, veggies or apple slices.

Don’t forget to try cottage pie. Here is a recipe from

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. lean ground beef
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
2 cups finely chopped onion
2 carrots, diced small
3 Tbsp. flour
½ cup beef stock
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Salt and black pepper
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (or ½ tsp. dried)
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, lightly whisked
Preheat oven to 400 F and thaw one sheet of puff pastry.
Place olive oil in a 12-inch skillet set over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add onion and carrots saute just until they begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add ground beef and mushrooms cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
Sprinkle meat with the flour and toss to coat, continue cooking for another minute, stirring constantly. Then add tomato paste, stock, Worcestershire, mustard, salt, pepper and thyme stir to combine.
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.
Meanwhile, roll out the thawed puff pastry until it fits the size of your baking dish. Try tracing the baking dish on the sheet of puff pastry so that it fits perfectly cutting it out using a sharp knife or pastry cutter.
When the beef filling is cooked, transfer it to the baking dish. Top with puff pastry, making sure it that it comes to the edges. The pastry will shrink slightly when baked.
Whisk egg slightly and brush over the pastry.
Place the cottage pie on a parchment-lined sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the puff pastry is nicely browned. Let cool slightly before serving.

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