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St Patrick's Day Recipes:
Saint Patricks Menu for a Dinner Party

St. Patrick's is such a fun, laidback holiday! Great food, lotsa drinks... heaven. Looking for some St Patrick's Day recipes for a party or a dinner party? You're definitely in the right place.
These Irish recipes are delicious, impressive, and a lot of fun to eat-- the perfect thing for a St. Patrick's Day party or dinner party. Try my recipe for "traditional" (sort of) Irish stew just once, and you'll be making it every year. I promise.

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe-
Mini Irish Breads

Tasty Irish Soda BreadsSoda bread is a classic Irish St. Patrick's Day recipe. And it's fabulous. Soft (but with a crusty outside), chewy, and slightly sweet. Plus, because it's made with baking soda and baking powder, you don't need any yeast. Can't beat that! This recipe makes individual soda breads (more like buns) that are packed with dried currants and are absolutely delicious.

Set out a basket of these buns with your stew, or serve with butter as an appetizer. Heaven. Recipe makes 16 buns.

This simple St Patrick's Day recipe looks best served in a pretty rustic basket.

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Ingredients:
4 C. flour
1/4 C. salted butter, softened
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 C. dried currants (or you can substitute raisins)
1 lg. egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 C. full-fat buttermilk

Instructions: 1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cut the butter into the flour (use two forks, a pastry cutter, or your hands) until it looks like coarse crumbs.

3. Stir in the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dried currants or raisins. Make a well in the center of this mixture. This is where you'll add your liquid ingredients.

4. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and the buttermilk.

5. Pour buttermilk mixture into the well you've make in your flour mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

6. Form dough into a ball and knead it on a lightly floured surface about 3-4 minutes.

7. With a sharp knife, divide the dough in half. Divide each half into eight portions, making 16.

8. Place your buns on a large, lightly greased baking sheet (they should stay a few inches apart), flatten slightly with your hand, and score (go about an inch deep) with an "x" shape using a very sharp knife. (Flouring the knife will help keep it from sticking.)

9. Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Let cool slightly before serving.

Tip: It's best not to cook this St Patrick's Day recipe on a dark-colored pan, as the bottoms will have a tendency to over-brown if you do.

My Favorite Irish Stew: The BEST St Patrick's Day Recipe!

Fabulous Irish Stew with Roasted Veggies for St Patrick's DAyWhen searching for recipes for traditional Irish stew for St. Patrick's Day, you'll probably find about a hundred different versions, each one claiming to be the "best" or the "Irish stew authority." Some say that the stew should have no veggies. Some say it should be made with beef, while others say lamb. Some cooks say that it should cook quickly, others cook theirs for hours. How can you know what's best?

You can't. But the recipe below makes a lovely Irish lamb stew that is a great St. Patricks Day recipe. I love it, it turns out beautifully every time, and my guests always rave. Am I Irish? Nope. Do I know that this is 100-percent authentic? Also nope. But it tastes fabulous and will be a great part of your St. Patrick's Day dinner party. Get ready for people to ask for seconds and thirds.

Tip: Is lamb a little too pricey for you? You can also make this with beef. The flavor will be different, but it's still divine.

Serves about 6.

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Ingredients:
1/4 C. olive oil
3 lbs. lamb, trimmed and cut into chunks
2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter
1 C. Guinness beer
3 C. good-quality beef broth
1 C. canned pear tomatoes, squished by hand
2 bay leaves
1/2 lb. parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 lb. white potato, peeled and cut into chunks
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 C. frozen peas, thawed
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper, to taste (I use lots of both)

Instructions: 1.Heat half the olive oil in a heavy pan. Brown lamb pieces in oil. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon. Don't worry if the lamb isn't tender-- it'll cook some more.

2. Add onion to oil still in plan and cook until translucent and tender. Add butter. When butter melts, stir in the flour. Cook flour, butter, and onion mixture on low heat until the mixture (called a roux) is brown. This should take about 15 minutes.

3. Whisking constantly with a wire whisk, add the Guinness and the beef broth. When mixture is smooth, add in the tomatoes, bay leaves, and browned lamb. Bring to a simmer.

4. Simmer over low heat, keeping covered, about 90 minutes. Alternately, you can make this a slow cooker St Patrick's Day recipe by cooking in your crock pot over low heat for 6 hours or so.

5. While stew is simmering, prepare your roasted vegetables. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss together the parsnip, potato, carrot, garlic, the rest of the olive oil, and the two rosemary sprigs. Pour onto a large pan (or use two) and roast about 40 minutes, until tender, stirring occasionally. Throw rosemary away.

6. When cooked, pour your veggie mixture, the chopped rosemary, and the peas into your stew mixture. Let simmer about 15 minutes, til heated through and well combined. Or, for a slow cooker stew, add veggies to the crock pot and let them cook on medium heat about 45 minutes to an hour.

7. Remove bay leaves from stew. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8. Serve this most popular of St Patrick's Day recipes in big bowls with lots of crusty bread and butter, and watch your guests come back for more.

St Patrick's Day Recipe for Dessert:
Apple-Oatmeal Crumble with Whipped "Irish" Cream

Apple Crisp with Whiskey Cream for St Patricks Day DessertThis St Patrick's Day recipe is the perfect finale to my Irish St Patrick's Day menu. It may just be the world's best St Patrick's Day dessert: it's homey, it's warm, it's satisfying... and it's got that perfect touch of Irish: The whiskey! And though it looks like a lot of ingredients, it's not-- I've got them all divided up to make things easier on you. It's actually very simple!

Cooking this dessert for a St Patrick's Day party, and have some kiddos invited? Make two versions of the whipped cream: one plain, and one with whiskey. Or, be lazy like me and buy some canned whipped cream for the kids' plates. They won't notice!

Tip: Make this St. Patricks Day recipe even more festive with a hint of green! Add a bit of green food coloring to the whiskey cream for a bright, festive accent.

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Ingredients:

Apple Mixture:
3 tbsp. salted butter
2 lbs. granny smith apples
1/2 C. light brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. Irish whiskey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Crumble Topping:
1 C. flour
1/2 C. light brown sugar, packed
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 C. oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 C walnut pieces, chopped

Whiskey Cream:
1 C. whipping cream, very cold
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. Irish whiskey, chilled
Green food coloring, as needed (optional)

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

2. Peel, core, and slice your apples into medium slices. In a heavy skillet, melt the 3 tbsp of butter.

3. Add apple slices, the 1/2 c. brown sugar, the white sugar, and the 1 tbsp of flour. Mix well and cook about 5 minutes over med-high heat.

4. Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and whiskey. Simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat.

5. To make your crumble topping, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix with a fork. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or a couple of forks until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in walnut pieces.

6. Grease an 11x7" pan and pour apple mixture in. Sprinkle crumble mixture over. Bake until apples are bubbling and tender and topping is crisp and golden, about 40 minutes.

7. Let cool slightly before serving. While cooling, prepare the whiskey cream.

8. To make whiskey cream, whip the cream in a chilled bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Whip in the sugar and Irish whiskey (and green food coloring, if using). Continue whipping until stiff peaks form.

Another Tip: If you want a bit of extra flavor in this St Patrick's Day recipe, take the time to toast your walnuts and oatmeal in the oven until browned slightly before assembling your crumble topping-- the flavor gets much more intense!


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