Traditional St Patrick's Day Recipes

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  • 01 of 06

    All the Recipes You Need for St Patrick's Day

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    Rich, Hearty Irish Stew. Richard Jung - Getty

    I don't think you need me to tell you that March 17th is St Patrick's Day. Celebrations of this event take place all around the world and the fun and feasting centres very clearly on delicious Irish food, and not just the ubiquitous Corn Beef and Cabbage.

    A day filled with Saint Patrick's parades and festivals from Monaghan to Monserrat, from Limerick to London and from Belfast to Boston says Bernd Biege, About's expert writer on Ireland. Read what he has to say about the...MORE historical aspect of St Patrick.

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  • 02 of 06

    St Patrick's Day Recipes: Full Irish Breakfast

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    A Full Breakfast. Photo © Elaine Lemm

    St Patrick's Day can be - and usually is - a long day with all the celebrations. So, make sure you start with a good, hearty breakfast, one that will see you through, well at least until lunchtime.

    You will, of course, start the day with a Full Irish Breakfast if you want to follow tradition.

    To be a real Irish (breakfast), it must include bacon, sausages, and eggs plus Fadge, or the popular Boxty, (Irish griddle cakes).

    Add a few slices of Soda Bread or wheaten bread.

    Wash all this down with, of...MORE course, lashings of tea, and you will be set up for the day ahead,

    If that plate full is just a touch too much, then try an Irish Breakfast Roll or Bap.

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  • 03 of 06

    St Patrick's Day Recipes: Main Courses

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    St Patrick's is the day for traditional Irish foods, hale and hearty fare to fill stomachs and keep energy levels up. No list of main course recipes would be complete without these dishes. Although in the US it is traditional to eat Corn Beef and Cabbage, there are many other superb Irish dishes from which to choose.

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  • 04 of 06

    St Patrick's Day Recipes: Side Dishes and Snacks

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    All those fabulous main courses need side dishes, and Ireland has some fantastic ones, not least colcannon and champ (perfect with Irish stew).

    Fancy a snack? You can't beat a rarebit for a quick,  wholesome one.

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  • 05 of 06

    St Patrick's Day Recipes: Cakes and Puddings

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    Bread and Butter Pudding. Photo © Cultura/BRETT STEVENS - Getty Images

    There is always room for something sweet on St Patrick's Day. Barm Brack is one of Ireland's most famous bakery products. The name comes from breac which means speckled, referring to the fruit in the loaf. Guinness and Baileys Irish Cream also has a way of sneaking into Irish cakes and puddings. I wonder why?

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  • 06 of 06

    St Patrick's Day Recipes: Drinks

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    There can be no mention of Ireland, or Irish food and drink without a 'Pint of the Black Stuff," and Irish Beer putting in an appearance. Guinness is considered Ireland's national drink and is known around the world.

    A great drink for St Patrick's is, of course, Mead, the sweet, delicious honey wine that has been made and enjoyed by Celtic nations for centuries.

    And of course, there's also Irish Whiskey. Read About Guide to Cocktails, Colleen Graham's wonderful selection of Irish...MORE whiskeys and St. Patrick's Day cocktails. They're bound to put you in the mood for a great St Patrick's Day!