irish stewFestive desserts for any holiday are typically easy to come by, but what about festive dinner foods? If you’re going to be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party soon, or if you simply want to dish up something fun on March 17, you may be looking for some hearty ideas for the dinner table. Here is a list of traditional Irish dishes to give you some delicious inspiration for a St. Paddy’s Day dinner party.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

With the soft tenderness of corned beef, the added health benefits of cabbage, and ability to make it even in a slow cooker, this dish is sure to be a hit for both you and family and friends. Corned beef is generally corned beef brisket that is spiced and cooked over several hours along with cabbage, and sometimes also carrots and potatoes.

Irish Potato Soup

Another easy dish for the slow cooker, Irish potato soup is a simple, golden hued mixture of potatoes, chicken bouillon, milk, onions, garlic, butter, and parsley. It’s even possible to serve this in carved out bread bowls for the ultimate comfort food experience.

Irish Soda Bread

No, this bread doesn’t contain cola of any sort. But this yeast-free bread is incredibly easy to make, involving simply mixing bread dough and then baking it in the oven for just under an hour. Irish soda bread makes for a delicious addition to any dish—especially soups.

Irish Boxty

Ireland’s answer to traditional pancakes, these potato pancakes are a mixture of mashed and grated potatoes and offer a soft texture with some crunch mixed in. Making Irish boxty is a lot like making pancakes too, only it’s more like forming patties than pouring batter on a griddle.


Perhaps the ultimate in comfort food, colcannon is another potato-based dish, this time involving a mixture of mashed potatoes, sliced ham or bacon, butter, cream, scallions, and mashed cauliflower. This dish is actually more of a Halloween tradition, but why not try it on St. Patrick’s Day?

Shepherd’s Pie

A hearty mixture of beef or lamb, peas, carrots, onions, and beef bouillon topped with a flaky crust, this dish is strong enough to stand on its own. It also goes famously with mashed potatoes.

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