Fun Irish fact: Corned beef and cabbage is not a traditional meal back in the old country. It鈥檚 actually an American thing, started by Irish immigrants who were yearning for the true dish, bacon and cabbage, but couldn鈥檛 afford the thick-cut, ham-style meat in America. We know, this totally upends pretty much everyone鈥檚 St. Patrick鈥檚 Day meal. Fear not, because there鈥檚 another myth we want to debunk: Irish food gets a bad rap for being bland, but these days it鈥檚 anything but. Check out these tasty bites and beverages from Irish homes and pubs that take 鈥渕eat and potatoes鈥 to a whole new level, plus a few tips on how to celebrate Paddy鈥檚 Day the Irish way. Sl谩inte!


Bacon and Cabbage

1. Bacon and Cabbage: Irish bacon is very different from American bacon. It鈥檚 sort of like Canadian bacon, and it might be a tricky cut to find, but it makes for a salty and satisfying meal. (via Martha Stewart)

Lamb Chops

2. Lamb Chops With Parsley and Mint Sauce: The mint sauce is what really sets this dinner apart from lamb you might have at home. It鈥檚 a classic served for Sunday roasts around the country. (via Rachel Allen/FOX News)

Beef and Guinness Pie

3. Beef and Guinness Pie: Fight off the brutal winter chill with this hearty, warming dish that鈥檚 packed full of veggies, beef shoulder and a pint of the black stuff. (via Donal Skehan)

Goose Fat Potatoes

4. Goose Fat Potatoes: One Irish tradition we did get right in America is the abundance of potatoes. There are so many ways to cook them, but for a truly special meal, skip the mash and make these rich, crispy roasties. (via Donal Skehan)

Irish Brown Bread

5. Irish Brown Bread: Every cafe, inn and restaurant in Ireland will serve up some brown bread with your soup, and with good reason. It鈥檚 crumbly, moist and ready for a big pad of butter. (via Farmette)

Smoked Salmon Canapes

6. Irish Smoked Salmon Canapes: Brown bread also makes an excellent vessel for smoked salmon, which is commonly served as an appetizer at Irish dinner parties. It鈥檚 super simple to prepare too. (via The Framed Table)

Irish Breakfast

7. Full Irish Breakfast: You are indeed staring at a full Irish breakfast: eggs, sausages, rashers, black pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast. This is definitely not an everyday kind of meal, but whip it up on March 18 and your Paddy鈥檚 Day hangover will thank you kindly. (via Rachel Allen/Buzzfeed)

Blackberry Apple Tart

8. Blackberry & Apple Tart: Fruit and berry tarts are very common desserts, though we like the twist this recipe puts on an old favorite by adding sweet geranium leaves. (via Farmette)


Irish Tea

9. Irish Breakfast Tea: 鈥淎h you鈥檒l have a cup sure, go on鈥︹ There鈥檚 no turning down a cup of tea in Ireland, so you definitely shouldn鈥檛 on St. Patrick鈥檚 Day. We located the beloved Barry鈥檚 brand in World Market, along with teatime faves like Chocolate Kimberley鈥檚 and Jammie Dodgers. (via Fats and Bird)

Irish Beers

10. Irish Beers: Guinness is the country鈥檚 most famous beer, but have you heard of other stouts like Murphy鈥檚 and Beamish, or red ales like Smithwick鈥檚 (that鈥檚 SMITH-icks) and Kilkenny? You don鈥檛 have to cross the Atlantic to taste them 鈥 search to see which local bars are serving these hard-to-find brews. (via Waxy鈥檚 Irish Pub)

Black n Black

11. Black & Black Cocktail: Some folks like to sweeten up their stout, so a common solution in Ireland is to add black currant liqueur (AKA cassis). Some call it a Lady Guinness, but we say to each their own :) (via The Glitter Guide)

Black Velvet

12. Black Velvet Cocktail: To *super* fancify your Paddy鈥檚 Day toast, go halfsies with Guinness and champagne. (via Green Wedding Shoes)

Baby Guinness

13. Baby Guinness: If you鈥檙e just not a fan of Guinness in any form, you can fool everyone around you with this fancy shot. There鈥檚 no stout in it, just Kahlua and Bailey鈥檚. (via Creative Culinary)

Irish Whiskey

14. Irish Whiskey Tastings: What about a whiskey tasting for your St. Patrick鈥檚 Day party? Serve up some Jameson, Bushmills and Redbreast in your Etched Glass Whiskey Tumblers. (via Doheny & Nesbitt鈥檚)


15. Hot Whiskey: Feeling under the weather? You need a cure, and we don鈥檛 mean chicken soup. Hot whiskey is Ireland鈥檚 magical cure-all that could save your St. Patrick鈥檚 Day celebration from being spoiled. Sip on some mixed with hot water, honey, lemon and cloves, and you鈥檒l be right as rain the next day. (via Half Her Size)

Jameson Barreled Mule

16. Jameson Barreled Mule: For a refreshing cocktail that doesn鈥檛 rely on Midori or cr猫me de menthe to turn green, we like this whiskey spin on the Moscow Mule topped with a big lime wedge. (via Las Vegas Magazine)



17. Buying Rounds: If you鈥檙e going out with friends, make the night a little interesting by buying each other rounds. Sound simple? Well, just see if you can get your head around the art of Irish pub etiquette. (via Cave Man Circus)


18. Having the Craic: We know your party-loving selves are all over this tradition, even if you鈥檙e not sure what it means. Craic (pronounced crack) is just good old fashioned fun. Best friends + a good bar + killer music = having the craic. (via Irish American Mom)


19. Saying Cheers: Attention, this is a biggie! Mind your manners and make sure to say cheers before your drinks. In Irish, that鈥檚 鈥渟l谩inte鈥 (SLAWN-chuh). Not only is it considered rude to just gulp down your pint without waiting for your friends, but in Europe it鈥檚 also considered seven years of bad sex if you break eye contact as your clink your glasses 鈥 and we don鈥檛 want any of that ;) (via the Guinness Storehouse)

Have you had any of these Irish meals or cocktails before? What are your St. Patrick鈥檚 Day traditions? Share your favorites in the comments!