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5 Authentic Irish Meals to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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March 12, 2014 · 1.4k Views


Make your Irish celebration extra festive this year with these dishes. The comforting, appetizing meals below will pair nicely with green beer and friends.

Shepard’s Pie

Indulge in this Irish classic composed of beef or lamb, carrots, onions and mashed potatoes all baked together for yummy goodness. The filling combination will be a treat to the taste buds and comfort for the soul, and you can feed the group without spending an arm and a leg. Shepard’s pie can be made for about $20.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

It’s hard to go wrong with this common Irish meal. Tender, well-seasoned corned beef and hearty cabbage makes for a delectable combo. You can also add potatoes and carrots for a bigger feast. The best part is, all the ingredients can be tossed into a slow cooker and left to simmer to perfection while you relax. Not only is corned beef and cabbage tasty, but it’s also affordable and can be cooked for about $20.

Sausage and Potato Hotpot

With potatoes, onions, sausage and parsley, this warm Irish dish is a flavorful addition to St. Patrick’s Day activities. For those that want to add an extra treat, feel free to mix in some savory bacon. You won’t have to sacrifice your budget or flavor; this recipe costs about $20 – $25. Vegetarians can try this delectable, meat-free variation.

Irish Colcannon

This creamy dish screams Irish. With potatoes, cabbage, parsley and scallions, you will feel like you are in the motherland—all for about $15. Comfort food does not have to be bad for you; you can watch your pennies while incorporating some vegetables in your diet.

Lamb Stew

Often spring hasn’t fully sprung on St. Patrick’s Day, so lamb stew is a great way to warm up and say goodbye to the winter’s cold. Consisting of lamb, onions, carrots and potatoes, this meal is sure to heat up the party without emptying your wallet. You can cook up this creation for about $20.

Be sure to incorporate these traditional Irish meals on St. Patrick’s Day for the ultimate celebration.

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