Hate Corned Beef and Cabbage? What to Eat on St. Patrick's Day Instead

When it comes to holiday eating, St. Patrick's Day usually comes with my least favorite fare. My Irish ancestors would probably disown me for saying this, but I hate corned beef and cabbage. I don't like either one that much alone, and together, they're even worse.

So over the years, I've sought out other Irish recipes so I can still show my Irish pride and honor the cuisine of the country, but not have to choke down the corned beef and cabbage. Here are some other great Irish recipes to consider serving instead:

Soda Bread: This version with whiskey-soaked raisins could almost be a meal in itself. Served warm out the oven it will make anyone's eyes smile, whether they're Irish or not.

Irish Potato and Leek Soup: In remembrance of the great potato famine Ireland faced in the mid 1800s that sent many of our ancestors to this country, potatoes are in order. This soup is creamy and thick and packs some great flavor with lots of fresh herbs.

Shepherd's Pie: Comfort food at its finest, there's no better day to enjoy it than St. Patrick's Day. For extra fun, you can even put some green food coloring in the potatoes or stir in some pureed broccoli.

Beef and Guinness Stew: Hearty with thick chunks of beef and vegetables, this is an amazing main dish alternative for St. Patrick's Day or any day.

Irish "Lime" Rick Martini: If green beer isn't you thing, try this martini with a festive citrus splash. Shouting Erin Go Bragh! will be even more fun after a couple of these.

Chocolate Guinness Cake With Irish Cream Caramel Sauce: The perfect decadent dessert, and that's no blarney!

Do you like corned beef and cabbage? What are your favorite Irish recipes?

Written by Julie Ryan Evans for CafeMom's blog, The Stir.
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