St Patrick's day is a feast day, celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland, and a day when the Lenten restrictions (no animal products or alcohol) were lifted. So, traditionally, St. Patrick's day recipes usually involve a combination of meat (not a problem...), beer and potatoes (the Irish staple; could be a problem for some people who avoid excess starch). I've never specifically cooked for St Patrick's day, but I've made a stew with homemade apple kvass (which is a Russian fermented drink, so not very Irish! But its a good substitute for beer); you could also use gluten-free cider (traditional cider should be gluten free). Just slow-cook lamb (or mutton), potatoes/faux-tatoes [turnips, parsnips, swedes, etc], carrots, celery, onions, garlic & a bouquet garni in a mixture of broth & cider.
The most popular meat in Ireland is probably lamb and mutton, which marries very well with anything sweet; fish and shellfish are also plentiful in Ireland, so another great recipe is Mussels steamed in cider with bacon & onions; cream can be stirred in at the end of cooking - like an Irish version of Moules Mariniere.
Boiled bacon with cabbage is also a great recipe, which tastes a lot better than it sounds. The key to that is a good, gelatinous stock (pig foot is excellent for this; otherwise, chicken stock is fine) to boil the bacon (very thick back bacon, unsmoked; you can use smoked, of course, but I find that too overpowering - I see smoked bacon as more of an accompaniment than a main) and carrots (whole baby carrots are best); add the cabbage at the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Colcannon is a wonderful side dish - you may use celeriac (also popular in ireland) or white turnips, and even parsnips, if you do not wish to use potatoes; just saute the potato/fauxtato-of-choice in good grassfed butter, and puree; saute the bacon, cabbage and some shallots in the same pan, add to the mash and stir in some heavy cream. You can add some ghee if you're dairy-free, or some almond milk.
I love black pudding, which is basically Irish blood sausage. The traditional version involves some sort of grain as filler, so I make my own; I know a good butcher and get some pig blood from him; you can also find frozen pig blood or pig blood cubes at Asian supermarkets; I mix it with pastured pork, herbs (sage, marjoram, thyme, parsley and dill), some egg yolks and mild mushrooms (just buttons), and form into patties which I poach in some bone broth. Black pudding goes well with bacon, and root vegetables. It can be added to a stew, or served alongside a celeriac cream-soup with bacon. You can also simply fry it up with onions and bacon.
Hope these come in handy!
Lots of [Irish] luck to you. Don't give money to leprechauns, no matter how hard they beg.
Is Éireannach mé!(I'm Irish) and I live in the west of Ireland and Irish cuisine is usually meat and vegetables boiled until unrecognisable. :)
Bacon and cabbage is usual, but also mashed potatoes and turnip is delicious and very easy to make.
Colcannon is potato mashed with butter and kale and some spring onions.
Boxty is a type of potato bread made with flour but you can just make grated potato cakes too.
Despite being an Island nation, Ireland does not have a big tradition of eating fish or shellfish at all. I think we associate with having to eat it on holy days as meat was forbidden. We do eat seafood chowder with smoked fish and mussels though. This is a cream based soup thickened with potato.
Basically making any Irish dish without potato is heresy!
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!
It had actually been a while since I'd had corned beef but a friend bought too much and gave me enough for me and the grandkid.
I gave it a thorough rinse in water, then simmered it in clean water for a few hours. That gave it a very mild flavor which I really enjoyed.
My total menu was sauerkraut on 2 slices of corned beef plus baked sweet potato stacked with cooked asparagus and just a little butter.
Because of the novelty, it really tasted like a holiday dinner. I didn't have my usual leafy salad, which also made it feel different.