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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Top 10 St. Paddy's Day Recipes, Food For the Soul

Irish Central’s top ten Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s Day - corned beef and cabbage, stew and shepherds pie

It’s no secret that the Irish are fond of a nice bit of homemade, comfort grub and over the years, especially around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve noticed that our recipes are hugely popular.

We’ve put together the top ten recipes, although some of them, such as corned beef and cabbage and stew are no-brainers, the IrishCentral readers went a little off script with spring rolls and pasta bakes making it into their top St. Patrick’s Day recipes.

Just click on the title to view the simple recipes. Knock them together and sit down and enjoy them with your friends and family their St. Patrick’s Day.

Although in Ireland we opt for bacon rather than corned beef when the Irish arrived to New York there was none to be found. The Jewish butchers substituted the bacon for corned beef and low and behold the tradition stuck.
Either way it’s the top favorite meal with the Irish on either side of the Atlantic.
As I’ve said before this is the best Irish comfort food going and it’s sure to put a smile on the face of any Irish person you know.

3. Corned Beef and Cabbage Pasta Bake

All right, so the IrishCentral readers liked a pasta bake out of all the hundreds of recipes on this site but it might just be their sensible streak showing. After you’ve cooked for all your friends, cousins and extended family over St. Patrick’s Day you’re bound to be left with a pile of left-overs.
What to do, what to do! Pasta!
What Irish person doesn’t like potatoes!? But it seems that the Irish palate is getting a little more sophisticated. Above Colcannon and Boxty the IrishCentral readers have voted “Potato cheesy ale and cheddar colcannon” and “Bacon and cheese quiche with potato crust” their top potato treats.
Our chef, Michael Gilligan, came up with this one and it really took off. He also does a very good job at explaining the place of corned beef and cabbage in the Irish diet. Although it’s Irish meets Chinese food it seems to me like this would really work.

Meat? Check. Vegetables? Check. Guinness? Check. What’s not to like about this delicious, nurturing Irish meal.
So this is essentially and Italian meal but it seems the color scheme alone was enough to entice you guys. It’s also a smart move to have a nice big breakfast before a day of revelery.

8. Traditional Irish Butter Shortbread Cheesecake

No one makes cheesecake like an Irish mammy and this recipes replicates my own mother’s well. This is one to show off at a dinner party or just to remember home.
This is definitely a favorite Irish Sunday dinner and a perfect big meal for any event at the start of spring. Delicious with mint sauce and roast potatoes, I wholeheartedly agree with the readers choice on this one.
They’re green, white and orange what more do you want? These are the cookies that will match your face, clothes and flag for St. Patrick’s Day. Also a great idea as a gift to bring to a St. Patrick’s Day party.
Whatever you choose, just make sure it is made and eaten in the spirit it is meant, with friends, family and and special time for everyone involved! 

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