Corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular dishes made in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day in the United States. But, although corned beef and cabbage is a delicious staple of the holiday, it’s time to diversify the party table.
Corned beef and cabbage became popular among Irish immigrants during the eighteenth century because beef, a luxury item in Ireland, was readily available in the States. Cabbage was an inexpensive, nutritious vegetable, and the two combined made a hearty meal. They are often served together by Irish-American families for holidays like Halloween, Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day, as well as important events like weddings and wakes.
Corned beef and cabbage is a great meal, but there are lots of other exciting dishes that you can make on St. Paddy’s Day. Green food is a festive way to get into the Irish spirit. Even though these foods normally have nothing to do with the holiday in a traditional sense, the color green symbolizes the shamrock, which plays an important part in the religious aspect of St. Patrick’s Day. You can also make some shamrock-shaped foods that are adorable and fun to eat.
St. Patrick’s Day has evolved from being a religious occasion to become more of a celebratory holiday in the United States. Recipes made with Irish stout (from ice cream floats to chocolate cake) are good options if you’re eager for revelry.
Make some space at the table this St. Patrick’s Day for a few fun and festive dishes that aren’t corned beef and cabbage.
Champ is a traditional Irish mashed potato dish related to colcannon, but made with scallions (or chives or onions, as in this case) instead of kale or cabbage, with a heathy amount of butter and milk added. This version enriches the dish with Irish bacon.
Guinness Beef Stew
This Guinness beef stew recipe comes from the Black Rose, an iconic Irish pub in Boston.