How to Host a St. Patrick’s Day Feast
March 16, 2016
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these favorite dishes this St Patrick’s Day
How to Host a St. Patrick’s Day Feast
Bacon Brussels Sprouts
It’s evident that your table is going to need decorating with something green. Rather than paying for random decorations which you may never use again (aside from the aforementioned green napkins and balloons), your food can do the adornment for you. Bright green Brussels sprouts cooked with salty bacon are a delicious and pretty side dish.
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
No one is capable of turning down a chocolate cupcake, especially not when it’s spiked with Guinness just for our favorite Irish holiday. These deep, dark chocolate cupcakes are the perfect sweet ending to every St. Patrick’s Day feast.
Classic Irish Colcannon
Corned beef and cabbage always gets all the attention every St. Patrick’s Day. It’s time to expand your Irish food repertoire, and there’s no better way to do so than with this comforting, classic Irish colcannon. Buttery mashed potatoes with speckles of greens dispersed throughout — this hearty side dish is just one more reason to love the Irish.
Collard Greens in Spicy Tomato Sauce
This dish of collard greens in spicy tomato sauce is in no way an authentic Irish dish, but it is another way to include our favorite festive color in this feast in the tastiest way. You’re going to require lots of greens to counteract the heavy corned beef and colcannon, so this spicy recipe is exactly what you need.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
We’re not sure you can host an American St. Patrick’s Day without serving corned beef and cabbage. Not placing this dish on the dinner table means you’re running the risk of all your guests getting up to leave to find the nearest Irish Pub serving green beer and this perfect, incredibly well-loved dish.
Swap the green beer for a more elegant cocktail this St. Patrick’s Day. If you love a perfect Manhattan, you’ll love this lucky Irish twist. Irish whiskey is shaken with Italian vermouth and a dash of orange bitters for a strong, but sophisticated start to your party.
Fruity Whiskey Hurricane Cocktail
This might be another whiskey-based cocktail, but it really is totally different. This sweet and fruity cocktail is perfect for you as the host, as it can be made as a punch, and poured throughout the evening. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a summery, spicy addition to St. Paddy’s Day.
Irish Ale Potato Cheddar Soup
Begin your meal with a hearty, comforting soup. Eating this cheese-filled, beer-tainted potato soup is like being given a huge hug. With a piece of soda bread on the side and a smooth pint of Guinness nearby, this is the coziest way to set off your festivities. You’ll be glad later on that you had something so hefty in your stomach before you started on those suspicious green shots.
If you want to serve an alternative to corned beef and cabbage, or if you want to have the fullest of tables this St. Paddy’s Day, a hearty Irish stew will be loved by all your Irish and non-Irish guests. Stewed meat and root vegetables are simmered in a rich, meaty stock, and it’s best served at the table while it’s still bubbling and steaming.
Lucky Irish Pot O’ Gold Cocktail
There couldn’t be a more appriorately-named St. Paddy’s Day drink than this Lucky Pot O’ Gold cocktail. You’ll be sure that you’ve finally found the end of the rainbow when you take a sip of this sparkling, bright, whiskey-based drink.
Mini Guinness Chocolate Mousse
Despite their name, these mini chocolate mousses don’t actually contain Guinness, but they are so dark and rich that they taste just like they do. These sophisticated little desserts are the perfect elegant ending to your feast. Make sure to serve them topped with whipped cream and a chocolate-coated coffee bean.
Potato Cakes and Smoked Salmon
Mini potato cakes topped with smoked salmon are the best appetizer for your St. Patrick’s Day party. Make the little cakes in bite-size portions, and pass them around with the whiskey cocktails to kick-start your feast in the tastiest way.
Surprise-Inside St. Paddy’s Day Cupcakes
Kids and adults will all love these Surprise-Inside St. Paddy’s Day cupcakes. They look so pretty once they’re frosted and decorated, and when you cut inside to reveal the hidden Lucky Charms, everyone will be smiling and celebrating the most festive, fun dessert.
Thyme-Herbed Soda Bread
Every Irish meal has soda bread as an accompaniment, and yours shouldn’t be the exception. Don’t be scared by the thought of baking your own bread: Soda bread requires no rising time, and can be made in just one bowl. The addition of thyme in this recipe makes for a delicate, herby loaf.