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St. Patrick's Day Recipes: Traditional Eats for Your Feast

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, which means today you should be getting all your green clothes washed and pulling out your Irish recipes to celebrate. What is St. Patrick’s Day really? Today the Irish celebrate more as a cultural pride fest, sporting green and proclaiming their love of being Irish, but St. Patrick’s Day’s roots are in Christianity.

Saint Patrick was a well known patron saint to Ireland, who sought to reform the pagans and bring the church. There are many legends about him and his work. He died on March 17, and the day was soon celebrated and became an official religious holiday in Ireland. The green color is said to be because the clover was used in the teaching of the Holy Trinity, though this is not certain. Regardless, if you’ve been to Ireland or seen photos, you know there is plenty of green there.

To celebrate, here are several traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipes for you.

:: Guinness Beef Stew – Guinness, the Irish stout, is added for rich, deep flavors in this Irish beef stew.
:: Colcannon – kale and cabbage with mashed potatoes and plenty of butter and cream
:: Corned Beef and Cabbage – thank the Irish-Americans for this classic.
:: Irish Oat Pancakes – Irish oats in pancake form.
:: Roasted Cabbage with lemon – not your everyday limp cabbage.
:: Irish Soda Bread – a traditional brown bread in Ireland.
:: Shepherd’s Pie – this one is beef, but mutton is also used.
:: Ham, Potato and Kale Soup – stews and soups were important in the Irish diet.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson

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Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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