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An Irish Feast

While everyone else is off drinking green beer, discover the true cuisine of Ireland.

Certainly many restaurants in Ireland will serve corned beef and cabbage on March 17, but most of them will do so just to please the tourists. The truth is, most Irish people nowadays see corned beef as something that is heavily processed and comes out of a can!

Eat Like the Irish

So what will people in Ireland really be eating on St. Patrick's Day?

Most will start the day with a good old Irish Breakfast: fried rashers of bacon, fried sausage, fried black pudding, fried tomato, and a fried egg. If that's not enough, you can always go one step further and have an Ulster Fry. It's the bread that makes it special: fried potato bread made out of yesterday's leftover spuds and fried soda farls to boot. Oh, and don't forget that pint of Guinness beside it, just for good measure.

Meat and Potatoes

Irish Stew will figure highly in many restaurants and homes, as broths and stews are the cornerstone of Irish gastronomy. Because Irish stew is so wholesome and unpretentious, there's no disputing that it is still one of the best casserole dishes in the entire world.

Everyone knows that the Irish have an ongoing love affair with the potato. They talk about last year's potatoes, this season's potatoes, great potato vintages--people in Ireland talk about potatoes the way the French talk about wine. Potatoes dishes such as Colcannon and Champ, therefore, are always popular choices.

Colcannon (from the Gaelic word cole, meaning cabbage) is made of cabbage that has been cooked in milk and blended with buttery mashed potatoes. It's traditionally served in a fluffy pile with a sort of well in the centre that's filled with even more melted butter for dipping each forkful into. Champ is more favored in the Northern counties of Ireland. It's equally heavenly in taste; the only difference is it's made with scallions.

So, to answer the question--what will the Irish be eating on St. Paddy's Day?--boils down to a matter of preference. Many might respond, "Eat? I'll just be drowning my shamrock."

Check out more St. Patrick's Day recipes, cooking videos, and menu ideas.

Mar. 14, 2010 5:19 pm
Hmmm....this article made me homesick :)
Mar. 16, 2010 12:34 pm
Ferg's Ulster Fry Up is fantastic! Try it!
Oct. 2, 2010 4:49 am
mmmmm i have a bot of irish.. i adore irish food. and love potatoes.
Dec. 14, 2010 11:59 am
I am Irish and French and my husband is Scottish and German. We compromise with the day's meals. For brunch we have Scotch eggs, with a pint of Guinness, dinner is usually Irish stew, where the meat has been marinated in Guinness. I serve root vegetables like rutabega, carrots, and parsnips in the stew. I mash yukon gold potatoes with cooked celery root and top with rashers and butter. Its yummy, loaded with calories and cholesterol, thank the Lord we only eat this once or twice a year!
go go girl 
Mar. 1, 2011 6:07 pm
I'm 100% Irish & I be cooking my Corned Beef,cooked in Guinness,Boiled Red Potatoes, Cabbage & Carrots. Desert will be a spot of tea & Irish Soda Bread. Cead Mile Failte
Mar. 17, 2011 11:20 am
Corned beef and cabbage for me!!
Mar. 5, 2012 10:21 am
i married an irishman, but i'm hungarian. so my twist is.....after the meat is tender, but it in a casserole dish, rub a little brown sugar on the fat, put the veggies along side and heat in 350 oven for 20-30 mins. cover if you like, my family likes the meat a little drier and this does the trick and the fat is so yummy!
Mar. 16, 2012 10:44 pm
My husband is Irish, and the rest of our friends and neighbors will be for the day...corned beef 'n cabbage, champ and Colcannon as well as carrots. All washed down with black 'n tans! We'll be havin' a fruit rainbow, cloud dip and wee pots 'o gold. And our favorite Leprechaun balls;)
May 21, 2012 8:54 am
I am part Irish and now marrying into an Irish family and the parents are coming for two weeks, oh my what to make to impress???
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