I-rish You’d Try These Delicious Irish Treats

Katy Ross, Author

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Although St. Patrick’s Day has already come and gone, it’s never too late to enjoy some delicious and festive foods. Corned Beef Hash, Soda Bread and Potatoes cakes are some appetizing traditional Irish foods that are sure to please any time of year. Check out the recipes below!

Corned Beef Hash

Corned beef hash

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely shredded
  • 2 pounds cooked corned beef, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • salt to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste


  1. Melt butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion just until it begins to brown
  2. Stir in the potatoes and carrot, and cook until tender (about 15 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the cubed corned beef, parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper. Let the mixture cook until hash is crisp and browned, stirring often, 10 to 15 more minutes.




Irish Soda Bread

soda bread

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush mixture onto the loaf. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.



Irish potato cakes

potato cakes

  1. Combine 2 cups mashed potatoes, 1/3 cup flour, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 tablespoon chopped mixed herbs in a bowl; knead until smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 balls on a floured surface and flatten each into a 3-inch patty.
  3. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add the patties and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side, adding more butter to the pan as needed. Season with salt.




If you’re someone who is a picky eater, or maybe just don’t enjoy Irish food, don’t stress, there are plenty of other ways to be festive with your food this St. Patrick’s Day. You can make almost any food or drink festive for St. Patrick’s day by adding some green food coloring to the batter or drink. Shamrock shaped cookies decorated with green frosting or green frosted cupcakes perfect for people with a sweet tooth.


Green Cupcakes

Green cupcakes

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 8 drops green food coloring
  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a standard muffin pan with cupcake wrappers.
  2. Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites together on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium for 2 minutes, until smooth. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with white batter; set aside.
  3. Stir 4 drops of green food coloring into the remaining bowl of batter to make the batter green. Pour 1/3 of green batter into a resealable plastic bag and set aside.
  4. Mix more food coloring into the remaining bowl of green batter until it is a darker color and pour the batter into a resealable plastic bag. Cut a corner off the bag, stick the open tip into the center of each cup of white batter and squeeze in about two tablespoons of dark green batter.
  5. Cut the corner off the bag with the lighter green  batter, stick the open tip into the center of the dark green batter and squeeze about 1 tablespoon light green batter into each cup.
  6. Bake the layered cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.


Shamrock Cookies

Shamrock cookies

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond and vanilla extracts, and egg yolk. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour until well blended. Chill the dough for 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough you plan to use to about 1/8 inch in thickness. Refrigerate remaining dough until ready to use. Cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Leave cookies plain for frosting, or brush with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with candy sprinkles or colored sugar.
  4. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light and golden brown. Cool cookies completely before frosting.


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