There’s no need to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the luck of the Irish. In 1991, the U.S. Congress declared March as Irish-American Heritage Month. You can celebrate all month long by preparing Irish dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Instead of regular American pancakes, try the smaller, denser Irish pancakes in the morning. And swap hot dogs for Irish sausage kebabs – they’re coated with puff pastry. For supper, you can make a St. Patty’s Irish beef dinner, cabbage beef casserole or a slow-cooked corned beef dinner. And when it’s time for dessert, bake up chocolate potato cake.
Start your kids’ day with a stack of these pancakes. Described as a cross between an English muffin and a pancake, this Irish pancake recipe from the kitchy kitchen has a light, fluffy texture. They’re denser than a regular pancake and just beg to soak up a big helping of maple syrup.
Instead of a sandwich, try making these Irish sausage kebabs from Little Shamrocks for St. Patty’s Day. They’re a bit like the classic American hot dog but with an Irish spin. To start this recipe, dice tomatoes and onions to marinate overnight in a vinaigrette that’s seasoned with curry powder and ginger. The next day, fry individual sausages, top with the vegetables, and then roll and bake in puff pastry.
Tell your kids to get out the flour container to make this easy Irish-American soda bread from King Arthur Flour. The bread calls for baking soda, instead of yeast, to make the dough rise. This recipe is on the sweet side and includes dried fruit and a sugary glaze.
Prepare this classic Irish slow-cooked corned beef dinner from Betty Crocker by placing the brisket over large-cut pieces of carrots, potatoes and onions in your Crock-Pot. Pour in water so that the meat is just barely submerged. Cook over low heat for 10 hours. Let the meat cool before slicing and serving with the vegetables on the side.
With half a pound of butter and mashed potatoes tucked into this dessert, it’s so rich you’ll only need a sliver. This chocolate potato cake from European Cuisines also includes both melted chocolate and cocoa along with cinnamon. Once baked, dust with powdered sugar and serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
When you combine potatoes with cheddar to make a dinner roll, there’s really no way you can go wrong where can you go wrong. This recipe for potato yeast rolls from Donal Skehan makes enough to serve 16 people. Be prepared to get your hands dirty while mixing the dough for this bread, which bakes best in a casserole dish.