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If you’re Irish-American (or not!) chances are you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and Irish beef stew and then wash it all down with a tall pint of Guinness. Those tried and true recipes are a tradition.
But for those of you who really enjoy the green foods, gimmicky cocktails and desserts decorated with four leaf clovers and pots of gold, these are the recipes for you. Fulfill your Pinterest goals with these Instagram-worthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
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Irish cream is a liqueur that’s made with whiskey and cream, but this homemade recipe takes the beverage to the next level. Instant coffee and cocoa powder give it a nutty and chocolaty aroma that complements the smooth vanilla base.
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What should you do with that Irish cream? Use it to make this Irish cream pots de creme dessert. After all, every good St. Paddy’s Day celebration should have a delicious chocolaty treat as a night cap. Top it with whipped cream and berries for an Instagrammable finish.
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Sometimes it’s fun to give into the cheesier aspects of holidays and for St. Patrick’s Day, that's all green everything. Skip the food dye and make this green mac and cheese that uses parsley for its coloring. A dash of beer gives this dish an extra layer of flavor and festiveness.
Going with the green theme, this gin cocktail is a great way to get creative during your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The addition of chartreuse gives the beverage a hue that’s perfect for this lucky holiday.
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If you’re tired of that same old corned beef and cabbage recipe you’ve been using for years, this recipe still incorporates the dish’s timeless ingredients with a creative twist. Corned beef is slow cooked for six hours with Guinness and then loaded into tortillas and topped with a homemade cheese sauce and cabbage slaw.
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This recipe is perfect to make with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day. Similar to a Rice Krispies treat, this dessert uses melted marshmallows as a glue for cereal. Just swap Rice Krispies cereal for the leprechaun-approved Lucky Charms, and you’re good to go.
These brownies are like something out of a DIY Pinterest board. Green sanding sugar and chocolate sprinkles are used to make the pot and mini yellow M&Ms or Sixlets make the “gold.”
Take Guinness to the next level this St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish stout’s malty sweetness adds an extra dimension of flavor to this twist on a gin flip.
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The only thing that could make nachos better than they already are is by swapping out tortillas for thinly sliced potatoes (the Irish way to do the appetizer). This recipe uses corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut - channeling a classic Reuben sandwich.
You’re familiar with eggs Benedict...but have you ever had Irish benedict? If not, there’s no better time than St. Patrick’s Day. This incredible brunch recipe doubles as a way to use up leftovers. Serve the dish with corned beef in place of Canadian bacon and pan-fried colcannon patties instead of an English muffin.
The combination of beer, chocolate and marshmallows may sound strange, but it’s no slouch. Guinness’ notes of coffee and chocolate actually make it an ideal pairing for desserts.
This scone recipe isn’t one of those in-your-face St. Patrick’s Day treats, but it’s a great addition to your table come March 17. The hard cider and apple butter glaze is punched up with a splash of Irish whiskey that gives the cheddar and apple scones a subtle malty sweetness.
This recipe is all about bringing the flavor of a peppermint patty to St. Paddy’s day. The martini is sweetened up with vanilla vodka and Irish cream and uses peppermint extract to give it a refreshing quality. Serve it with dessert for a satisfying nightcap.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish that’s made with mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale.This recipe incorporates cheddar cheese and bacon, giving the dish the structural integrity of casserole while maintaining the flavor of traditional colcannon. If you liked these recipes, but you want to keep things more traditional, check out these go-to St. Patrick Day dishes, from Steak and Guinness Pie to bacon and cabbage.
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