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St. Patrick’s Day food favorites

St. Patrick's dayLos Angeles,  — Every year St. Patrick’s Day arrives and grocery store shelves are lined with traditional Irish foods to celebrate the occasion-corned beef, cabbage and Guinness. And that’s a good place to start, but don’t stop there. Here are a few more green ideas to help you plan the perfect St. Patty’s Day event.

  • Traditional Corned beef- Corned beef brisket cooked with allspice berries, bay leaves, and mustard seeds.
  • Stewed Green Cabbage- Cabbage is usually added into the corned beef braising liquid half way through the cooking method.
  • Shaved red cabbage- Red cabbage can be an accent among all of the green; however don’t cook it with the meat because the red cabbage will dye the liquid.
  • Steamed red potatoes, also known as creamers and new potatoes. They are added to the corned beef as well to cook and absorb the braising liquid from the corned beef.
  • Guinness dark lager- Delicious dark beer
  • Black and Tan- Tasty beer made by mixing pale ale with Guinness.
  • Green beer- a very light beer with green food color added.
  • Guinness cupcakes- a vanilla cupcake with Guinness mixed into the cake batter.
  • Lamb Stew- a mixture of lamb stew meat, carrots, onion, stock, bouquet garnis and potatoes, braised on a low temperature for many hours.
  • A twist on the traditional. Try corned beef quesadillas made with left over corned beef .
  • Shepherds pie. This is an Irish childhood favorite made by combining ground beef and spinach, topped potatoes.
  • Irish Stew- Made from mutton or lamb with potatoes, leeks, onions and stock.
  • rish coffee, a mixture of coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar and cream.
  • Soda Bread- A traditional bread that uses baking soda as the leavening agent rather than yeast.
  • Shamrock sugar cookies-A simple sugar cookie cut in the shape of a shamrock with green frosting or green sprinkles.
  • Oven roasted potato skins- Cut the skins off of a russet potato, add salt and cheese and roast them in the oven until they’re soft and delicious.
  • Braised Leeks- Leeks can be a tasty side dish to any Irish meal. The leeks are both green and a traditional vegetable.
  • Oatmeal Cookies with green M&M’s- Oatmeal is a traditional Irish grain and made into a cookie it’s a great dessert.
  • Leek and potato soup. Combine two traditional foods made into a hearty dish.
  • Re-baked potatoes with scallion butter- Simple russet potatoes baked in the oven with abutter that was premixed with minced scallions.
  • Guinness Braised beef. Use Guinness as the braising liquid.
  • Apple and Irish whiskey bread pudding- Use the soda bread, apples and Irish whiskey to create a mouthwatering bread pudding.
  • Green Ideas
  • Andes Green mints
  • Green M&M’s
  • Green apple jolly ranchers
  • Green truffles
  • Green White chocolate cake pops
  • Green Tea
  • Pistachios
  • Sugar cookies with green frosting
  • Green Cupcakes with dark green frosting
  • Key lime pie
  • Green pancakes
  • Donuts with green frosting
  • Deviled green eggs
  • Green whipped cream
  • Zucchini Tart
  • Spinach Soufflé
  • Pesto sauce
  • Steamed Green beans
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes with a green basil aioli
  • Leafy green salads
  • Green Apples
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream dyed green
  • Cream cheese dyed green
  • Ranch dressing dyed green
  • Yogurt dyed green
  • Cottage cheese dyed Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!