3 Traditional Irish Dishes For St. Patrick's Day

Sunrise Senior Living  |  March 13, 2015

St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching, and many people are getting ready to celebrate, whether they're Irish or not. The holiday has become a mainstream observance and a great excuse to get together with friends and enjoy good food and drinks. Here are three traditional Irish recipes that you can make for your St. Patty's Day festivities. 

1. Corned beef and cabbage
If you're hosting a party for St. Patty's Day, the celebration won't be complete without this traditional dish. This recipe for corned beef and cabbage uses a slow-cooker, so it's easy to prepare and requires minimal effort on your part. 


  • 3 lb. corned beef brisket
  • Pickling spice packet
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 10 small red potatoes, halved
  • 4 to 6 cups water
  • 1 large head of cabbage, cut into small wedges

Place the celery, carrots and potatoes in the bottom of your slow-cooker, then put the corned beef on top of the vegetables, fat-side up. Sprinkle the pickling spice over the meat, then add water to the appliance until the beef is almost covered. Cover the pot and cook on high for four to five hours or until beef is tender. Next, arrange the cabbage over the meat and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes. 

When you're ready to serve, scoop the vegetables and broth into a bowl. Slice the meat against the grain, and you're good to go. 

2. Irish nachos
When your friends from the retirement community come over on St. Patrick's Day, they'll probably want something to snack on. Irish nachos are the perfect filling dish to hold everyone over until dinner. 


  • 1 1/2 lbs. potatoes, russet or red-skinned
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary 
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme 
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 strips bacon
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place the rack in the middle. Wash and dry the potatoes, then cut into 1/4-inch slices. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Arrange the potato slices in a cast iron pan with the edges slightly overlapping. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until potatoes are cooked throughout. 

Cook the bacon, then break into small pieces. After removing potatoes from the oven, sprinkle cheddar cheese and bacon pieces over the top. Place the skillet back in the oven for five minutes or until the cheese is melted. 

To prepare your avocados, cut each in half lengthwise and remove pits. Scoop the flesh from the skin and place in a medium bowl. Mash the avocado with the lemon juice and scallions. Serve the mixture on top of your nachos or on the side. 

3. Homemade Irish cream
If green beers aren't really your style, you can still enjoy a festive libation this St. Patty's Day. This homemade Irish cream tastes even better than the stuff you can buy in stores. 


  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chocolate extract or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 oz. Irish whiskey

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until mixed. Store in an airtight container and shake well before serving. Enjoy your homemade drink in a tumbler over ice.