These Irish comfort foods have the spirit of tradition with a fun twist.
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and on this lucky holiday, it would be awesome to have some delicious recipes to complements a pint of beer. Irish food is rooted in tradition and is typically stews or long braises which to me is instant comfort foods. These dishes are hearty and just melt in your mouth; however, these Irish recipes also come with a twist that will have you coming back for more.
Choose from slow cooking stews, pan-fried potatoes, and lots of Guinness beer. Learn how to make this St. Patrick’s Day special with these Irish comfort foods! Here are 16 Irish Comfort Foods that are perfect for the lucky holiday!
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1. Guniess Shepards Pie
Found from Confetti and Bliss
Shepards Pie is traditional Irish comfort food that’s perfect for St. Patricks’ Day. This shepherd’s pie has a new twist of adding the favorite, Guinness beer to the pie. The Guinness adds of a depth of flavor that goes well with the beef broth and potato crust. This Guinness Shepards Pie will become a St. Patrick’s Day staple!
2. One Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Found from 31 Daily
Corned beef and cabbage is often the meal most associated with the Irish holiday. This full-flavored brisket has a moist and tender texture that goes well with potatoes, carrots and of course cabbage. This Irish comfort food is made in one pot, so it’s beyond simple to make and clean up!
3. Irish Colcannon Mac and Cheese
Found from The Candid Appetite
What makes this mac and cheese unique is the use of bacon, leeks, and cabbage to resemble the traditional Irish dish Colcannon. The purpose of Irish cheddar is so smart because it gives it a tanginess that cuts through the rich flavors. My favorite part is the golden brown and crispy crust.
4. Irish Beer Cheese Soup
Found from A Spicy Perspective
This Irish beer cheese soup is a warm, comforting bowl of soup that you and your family will love on a cold day. The soup is made with Irish cheddar and Harp an Irish Style Lager. It’s best to serve in a bread bowl with bacon and chives!
5. Irish Beef Stew
Found from Simply Recipes
This hearty Irish beef stew is made with Guinness, beef, red wine, potatoes, carrots, and onions. The beef stock is so rich and flavorful that it cooks down into the meat to make it super tender. The root vegetables hold up nicely in the long cooking time.
6. Guinness Braised Short Ribs
Found from Jo Cooks
These Guinness braised short ribs are melt in your mouth tender. The short ribs are rich and hearty. They will fall off the bone and are delicious served over creamy mashed potatoes!
7. Irish Boxty Potato Pancakes
Found from Dinnervine
These boxty potato pancakes are essentially fried mashed potato pancakes that some can say are similar to the Jewish dish called Latkes. These pan-fried potato pancakes are delicious with sour cream and chives.
8. Irish Banger Skillet
Found from Garlic and Zest
This Irish Banger Skillet is a quick, one pan recipe that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any busy weeknight. The sausage is cooked first, and then you cook the root vegetables in the same pan, so they soak up all the delicious sausage flavor.
9. Irish Soda Bread
Found from Let’s Dish Recipes
This Irish soda bread is made with the essential ingredients that you already have in your pantry. What gives the bread its signature taste is the buttermilk. The tangy almost sour component that makes this bread light and fluffy and gives it a beautiful golden crust. Serve alone or alongside a comforting stew!
10. Braised Rabbit Pie
Found from Donal Skehan
Rabbit isn’t a traditional protein you would find in most American households, but this braised rabbit pie is packed with so much flavor that you would never know you weren’t using chicken. The rabbit has a beautiful taste that stands up nicely to the crust and root vegetables baked inside. Since its a leaner protein there’s not a lot of fat, so its best served this way to prevent the rabbit from drying out!
11. Guinness Braised Lamb Shanks
Found from Manus Menu
I just think lamb shanks are a beautiful cut of meat that most people are intimated to cut, but in actuality, the shank is probably the most leisurely oo cook because you cook it in a stew or braised fashion. The lamb shank is cooked down in Guinness, so it quickly becomes tender and falls off the bone.
12. Irish Nachos
Found from Cooking With Curls
When I saw this, I knew I have to make these Irish nachos. Made with thick cuts of potatoes and layered with cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onions. You can serve these nachos with a nice cold beer. These Irish nachos are an instant crowd pleaser!
13. Irish Corned Beef Hash
Found from A Pinch of Healthy
So this is a great way to use any corned beef from the night before. This corned beef hash is the perfect breakfast/brunch food. Its made with potatoes, onions, bell peppers, garlic, eggs, and corned beef. The vegetables and corned beef get a really nice crispy crust, and I like my eggs sunny side up, so the runny yolk makes the most delicious sauce. It’s basically like the best hangover food!
14. Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy
Found from The Beach House Kitchen
This bangers and mash with Guinness onion gravy is a St. Patrick’s day favorite that everyone will love. Made with traditional sausage, mashed potatoes and the real star of the show Guinness onion gravy. By cooking the onions in the beer, they get a caramelized Stout flavor that a little tangy and sweet. The longer the onions cook in the beer, the better!
15. Irish Cabbage Bacon
Found from A Spicy Perspective
Irish cabbage and bacon just make sense. This is a beautiful side dish for any stewed meat. The sweated down cabbage is thinly sliced, and the crispy bits of bacon add the perfect amount of salt of the dish. I think of this as the Irish coleslaw!
16. Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley
Found from Donal Skehan
This Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley is a comfort food staple. Its made with pan-fried sausages, potatoes, chicken, and pearl barley. The pearl barley is a nice touch that is like little flavor nuggets. It’s a hearty dish that’ll keep you warm on a chilly day.
Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake
Found from XO, Katie Rosario
There’s nothing more comforting than a piece of chocolate cake especially Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake. This Chocolate Guinness cake is rich and decadent especially with a smooth ganache drip running down the sides of the cake! Guinness is a dark rich beer that lends itself to pair perfectly with chocolate. The sweetness of the chocolate compliments the bitter notes of the Guinness beer. Guinness is used in the cake and the frosting so you know it’ll taste delicious! Get the recipe at XO, Katie Rosario
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These Irish comfort foods will make you feel lucky all year round so pour yourself a pint of Guinness and enjoy! Which Irish Comfort Food will you be making on St. Patrick’s Day?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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