Our 10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes – Leite’s Culinaria


I am decidedly not Irish–not even a chromosome. I’m hardly lucky. And the best I can do is nurse a pint of Guinness.

But I do share a few things with my Irish brethren: I love the color green, I can’t get enough of potatoes, and I believe corned beef can bring about world peace.

So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes that pay tribute to the Emerald Isle’s rich culinary heritage. From traditional soda bread to boozy Irish coffee, these dishes are sure to put a lilt in your voice and a smile on your face.

So grab your leprechaun apron, and let’s get cooking!

xo,

The word
A black velvet cocktail in a flute with a napkin and cork in the background.

Black Velvet Cocktail

The Black Velvet cocktail contains the word “velvet” in its title for a reason. The effervescent mingling of stout and Champagne is uncommonly smooth and subtly sophisticated. Go on. Take a sip and see for yourself. 

Recipe

Absolutely fantastic. I love this cocktail and will definitely enjoy it assembled in this dramatically-looking version.

jenny

A loaf of Irish soda bread on a brown plate with a chunk cut out and smeared with butter.

Irish Soda Bread with Walnuts

This Irish soda bread is very close to traditional with the exception of using pantry-friendly yogurt instead of buttermilk. It also includes whole-wheat flour and walnuts and has incredible flavor, keeps well, and goes with everything from soup to jam. Here’s how to make it.

Recipe

This Irish soda bread is so good. It’s the easiest bread I’ve ever made, great toasted for breakfast, great with Hungarian cauliflower soup, and just a wonderful introduction to whole wheat breads. I mixed it by hand. I’ve been watching Paul on “The Great British Baking Show,” and he says it gives you a feel for the dough and reduces the chance of overmixing. 

Another winner from Leite’s Culinaria—whatever did I do without this website? I feel like a kid at Xmas when I visit the site and see what goodies you all have found. Every day, and from soup to dessert, there is something that makes my mouth water.

marilyn s.

Several slices of homemade corned beef in a sandwich on a wooden table.

Homemade Corned Beef

Homemade corned beef is crazy easy to make. It’s essentially brisket that’s given a makeover by letting it linger in an easy brine with spices and then slowly braised until falling-apart tender. Here’s how to make it (including a slow-cooker variation above).

Recipe

This corned beef was so delicious!! After the six days of brine, I soaked the brisket in clean water for 3 hours to remove some of the salt, changing water every hour, then I cooked on the stove for 4 hours (5-pound brisket). I added potatoes, carrots, and cabbage for the last 45 minutes. SAVE the broth–it makes the best pho (Actually, that might have been my family’s favorite part.)

jeneen

Four twice-baked potatoes with corned beef on a baking sheet.

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Corned Beef

These twice-baked potatoes with corned beef are potato jackets stuffed with fluffy mashed potatoes, Cheddar cheese, and corned beef. Perfect for dinner on its own or as a side.

Recipe

A copper pot filled with beef and Guinness pie topped with puff pastry on a towel on a cooking rack with a bottle behind it.

Beef and Guinness Pie

This beef and Guinness pie is essentially traditional Irish beef stew filled with onions, carrots, celery, garlic, beef broth, and herbs, all topped with some lovely and simple store-bought puff pastry. Simple, delicious, and marvelously hearty.

Recipe

This pie was so incredibly tasty, I can’t recommend it enough. Plus, there’s Guinness to drink when you’re cooking. Honestly, very hearty and relatively easy to cook.

jack h.

Two bowls filled with mashed potatoes and topped with beef stew.

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

This hearty Irish-inspired beef stew is loaded with tender beef, vegetables, stout beer and is conveniently made in the slow cooker. Make it for St. Patrick’s day or to warm up with a bowl of cold weather comfort food.

Recipe

This Irish beef stew recipe was amazing! It tasted just like what I’ve had in English pubs, and everyone in the family loved it!

Nat

A small skillet full with corned beef hash on a dish towel.

Corned Beef Hash

This corned beef hash, made of potatoes, onion, butter, and corned beef, turns St. Patrick’s Day leftovers into homemade lusciousness any time of day. Even if you’re not Irish. Just look at me!

Recipe

Made corn beef hash tonight. It was fabulous! We added the fried egg, and it enhanced the overall flavor of the dish!

elda g.

Cast iron skillet with a pan boxty (Irish potato pancake) in it, on a wooden cutting board.

Pan Boxty ~ Irish Potato Pancake

This pan boxty is essentially an Irish potato pancake. Just a few ingredients–grated potatoes, a little flour, and butter–constitute this classic Irish dish. Lovers of colcannon, rösti, latkes, and hash browns will find comfort here.

Recipe

Two Guiness floats with straws on a grey metal try with a few spoons lying beside them.

Guinness Ice Cream Float

This Guinness and ice cream float, made with stout and vanilla ice cream is kind of like a root beer float for adults.

Recipe

This Irish float is another winner! The more the vanilla ice cream and the Guinness beer would blend together, the more we felt a slight coffee taste, so much so we thought about trying it again by actually adding a shot of expresso with it.

sofia

A chocolate stout cake topped with brown butter cream cheese frosting on a green plate with a green mug in the background.

Chocolate Stout Cake

This recipe gives everything one could possibly want in a chocolate cake and more, and yet the star ingredient isn’t just chocolate; it’s also stout beer. Yes, perhaps an odd ingredient for a dessert, but hear me out: the stout adds an earthy undertone that enhances the flavor of the chocolate more than anything else and adds a bit of flair.

Recipe

FAQs

What would you serve at a traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day meal?

The most popular St. Patrick’s Day dishes include corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, colcannon, stew or shepherd’s pie, and plenty of Guinness or Irish whiskey. In Ireland, it’s also very common to serve lamb.

What is the difference between Irish and American-style corned beef?

In Ireland, corned beef is typically made with lean brisket, while American-style corned beef uses a fattier cut. The flavoring of the corned beef brine also contains different spices, giving each a unique flavor.

Why is corned beef and cabbage considered a traditional Irish dish?

Although we often think of it as an Irish dish, the history of corned beef and cabbage is Irish-American. It became popular among immigrants due to the lower cost of cured beef and abundant cabbage, and over time became associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in a comment below.

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