Embrace being Irish this St.Patrick's Day with these easy traditional food recipes from Ireland.
I can't believe that it has been almost 10 years since I moved from my home country of Ireland to the US. As much as I love living in the Boston area, there's certain things about Ireland that I really miss - in particular my mom's traditional home cooked dinners.
Luckily for me, she passed all her recipes on to me at an early age. Recipes that have been used for generations in my family and throughout Ireland.
And while these are meals that I cook all the time in my own home, they are also perfect for you to embrace your Irish heritage on St.Patrick's day.
I'm not talking about the stereotypical Corned Beef & Cabbage that you hear of Stateside (in fact, we eat Bacon & Cabbage in Ireland, not Corned Beef!) but instead dinners, lunches and desserts that the whole family is more likely to enjoy.
Irish Beef & Lamb Stew
This stew is a great dinner to pop in the slow cooker in the morning and allow to cook all day. The longer it cooks, the better is tastes! In fact, it tastes the best the second day! This can be customized with whatever veggies you have on hand. I always include potatoes and carrots, but I've also added turnip and celery in the past.
Get the recipe for this delicious Traditional Irish Stew.
Irish Vegetable Soup
My all-time favorite lunch. Pair it with homemade Irish brown bread or soda bread. This recipe keeps well in the fridge for lunches for the entire week!
Get the recipe for this thick and creamy vegetable soup.
Easy Shepherd's Pie
One of my favorite winter-time dinners, and a kid favorite too. Shepherd's Pie is easy to make, hearty and healthy!
Get my easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe.
Traditional Irish Scones
Need a grab and go breakfast? Or an afternoon snack? Spread lots of jam on one of these Irish Scones and you'll be a happy camper! Make them plain like I do or add raisins or currants for a sweeter touch.
You're going to love my Authentic Irish Scones Recipe.
Irish Brown Bread
This simple but delicious quick bread is a staple in Irish restaurants. You'll find it served with soup and even an Irish breakfast. It takes 5 minutes to mix up, has no yeast, no preservatives and tastes amazing!
See the simple recipe for Irish Brown Bread
Authentic Irish Soda Bread
Probably the most famous traditional Irish recipe, Soda Bread is not only another simple quick bread but is easy to customize with fruits or nuts of your choice. I like to keep mine simple with just some sugar for sweetness or alternatively, currants (like pictured).
Irish Boxty (aka Irish Potato Pancakes)
A lesser known Irish dish, Boxty, makes for a delicious lunch using leftover mashed potatoes with the addition of some raw potato, too. It's not traditional in all parts of Ireland but is super yummy!
Which of these recipes will you be making for St.Patrick's Day? Let me know in the comments!