In college, St. Paddy’s day meant chugging back green beer at a local pub. (And we’re sure we all collectively shiver at the thought of it.) But now that those days are gone and we’ve swapped the dyed beer for some ultra smooth Guinness, we can celebrate with charm. Throw your dinner party hat on, dig out the soda bread recipes and pick out some festive sweets. It’s time to celebrate properly, and these 13 Irish-inspired dinner recipes will make your guests feel luckier than ever!
1. Colcannon Irish Mashed Potatoes: If you think your usual serving of fluffy and buttery mashed potatoes is dreamy, you’re going to lose your marbles over colcannon. Mixed with chopped cabbage and kale, this recipe brings crispy bacon to the mix for mashed tater perfection. (via Kevin Is Cooking)
2. Irish Lamb Stew: This is what comfort food is all about, friends. With melt-in-your-mouth chunks of lamb, hearty potatoes, and a belly-warming gravy, this nourishing stew is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. (via Downshiftology)
3. Dublin Coddle: This Irish classic will make everyone swoon. It brings bangers (sausages), rashers (bacon), and potatoes to one happy pot to simmer in broth and a few splashes of beer. (via Saving Dessert)
4. Irish Potato Bread: Serving homemade bread with dinner is never a bad idea, especially when it’s quick bread and doesn’t call for any yeast and proofing. This simple recipe gives you the freedom of making a large round loaf or fun individually portioned muffins for all your guests. (via This Grandma Is Fun)
5. Traditional Cottage Pie: Also known as shepherd’s pie, this dish is perfect for feeding a hungry crowd. Ground meat and chopped veggies are topped with a generous layer of mashed potatoes to create an incredibly cozy and filling meal. (via Savory Tooth)
6. Guinness BBQ Corned Beef and White Cheddar Sliders: Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day goodness, these sliders are highly addictive — but we’re not complaining. Corned beef is slathered with a tangy beer-based BBQ sauce and served on a bun with a cheddar dip that will knock your socks off. (via Dixie Chik Cooks)
7. Corned Beef and Cabbage Pasties: Most commonly served at fish and chip joints in Ireland, this savory pie is one heck of a treat. With it’s crusty exterior and hearty meat and cabbage filling, this is one dish your dinner guests will never forget. (via Thirsty for Tea)
8. Irish Ale Potato Cheddar Soup With Beer-Battered Leeks: Now this is how you kick off a dinner party. Save the starter salads for summer, because we’re all about this creamy and dreamy beer-spiked soup. (via How Sweet It Is)
9. Black Kale, Goat’s Cheese, and Black Pudding: This warm Irish salad may not be for the faint of heart, but don’t knock it ’til you try it. Black pudding, also known as blood sausage, packs big flavor, making this the perfect side to any Irish-inspired dinner. (via The Last Food Blog)
10. Boxty: These glorious GF Irish potato pancakes are a fab addition to any St. Paddy’s feast. Similar to latkes, they’re fried to a light crisp and addictive AF, so be sure to make extra. (via Tanya Zouev)
11. Guinness-Braised Short Ribs, Mashed Spuds and Irish Brown Butter Gravy: If you try to envision the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dinner, you’ll undoubtedly see platefuls of meat and potatoes alongside pints of Guinness. This recipe brings all of that together into one perfectly Irish dish. (via Mas Appetit)
12. Bangers and Mash With Irish Tea Gravy: Most Irish dishes are drizzled with a gravy made of Guinness or a meaty broth, but not this one. This recipe puts an exciting spin on a classic with tea, and it’s fabulous. (via Thirsty for Tea)
13. Rich Steak Ale Pie With Puff Pastry: You’ve probably seen this bad boy on a pub menu as Guinness and Steak Pie; and, yes, it’s just as mouth-watering as it sounds. Loaded with tender beef and robust mushrooms, it might become a regular Sunday dinner. (via Foodness Gracious)
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