St Patrick's Day Recipes  - The Old Country Tradition

St Patrick’s Day Recipes  – The Old Country Tradition

St Patrick’s Day Recipes

The day of all green and everything Irish (17th March) Seeing that I am born and raised in Ireland. I am going to give you my top St Patrick’s day Recipes on food and drink.

 Irish StewRecipe for Irish Stew


The old traditional Irish stew where my mother usually cooks it and it has been going on for generations and this is made up of Lamb, potatoes, carrots and onions! A simple recipe a family will enjoy.


  • 900g Lamb (cut into chunks)
  • Potatoes (cut into chunks)
  • 4 Carrots (chopped)
  • 2 Onions (chopped into pieces)
  • Get a large pot and fill it with water. broth optional (add potatoes and meat first)
  • When Boiled then add onions and carrots

Cooking time should be around one hour but keep boiling it until the vegetables are well done.

Guinness Beef StewGuinness Beef Stew


Some people never heard of Beef and Guinness Stew. I have seen it in Irish Pubs as part of their menu but very similar to Irish stew but with a difference. This meal is for two or three people but adds more ingredients if you are catering for a family or friends.


  • 4lb of beef (chopped into meaty chunks)
  • 1 big Onion (chopped into smaller pieces)
  • Peel 1 or 2 big potatoes (chopped into smaller pieces)
  • 2 carrots (chopped into smaller pieces)
  • 1 clove a garlic chopped up
  • set up the oven to medium heat and add olive oil into a pan
  • Then add your onions for 4 Minutes (keep stirring in a large pot)
  • Then add the beef (not fully cooked) but make sure you cook the beef with onions no more than 5 Minutes (keep stirring)
  • Then add a little salt and pepper
  • Then add your carrots and garlic (keep stirring)
  • Then add two tablespoons of tomato paste (keep stirring no more than 5 minutes)
  • Then add your Guinness. half a pint should do it (full boil to evaporate the alcohol)
  •  Then add 2 sprigs fresh thyme and parsley
  • Then put in the oven for 2 half hours

So there you have it. That,s how Guinness beef stew is done 🙂

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Calconnon Colcannon


Colcannon is cooked by only using potatoes, leek, cabbage or kale and butter. My mother cooks colcannon with sausages which really compliments each other and it,s so delicious!


  • Peel 1 or 2 big potatoes and then fill the saucepan with water, put on an oven and leave it to boil until the potatoes are tender.
  • Then take a tablespoon of butter and put into frying pan on an oven, leave it on until it melts
  • Then put in chopped leak and leave to tender for 3 minutes
  • Then add your chopped cabbage or kale into a saucepan until kale or cabbage is tender. leave it for another 3 minutes
  • Then add a couple of pinches of salt
  • Then pour a jug of cream into it  (keep stirring and then turn off heat)
  • Then go back to your potatoes and when it,s tender. drain the boiling water and put potatoes with the rest of the recipe from the saucepan into a bowl
  • Mash potatoes with the rest of the recipe

That,s how it,s done, so simple and easy to do 🙂

 Corn Beef and Cabbage Corn Beef and Cabbage Recipe


Corn beef and Cabbage is another delicious recipe for you and the family to enjoy. Ideal St Patrick’s day and for Sunday dinner if you still find it irresistible. This meal is for two or three people but adds more ingredients if you are catering for a family or friends.


  • Put 4lb of corn beef brisket into a pot, filled with water and pour in it with the pint of beer (put tinfoil over the top of the pot to let it moist until it boils and bring down to a low heat and leave it on, no more than 4 hours)
  • Then chop 2 carrots into smaller pieces and fill the saucepan with water with a pinch of salt to boil.
  • Peel 1 or 2 big potatoes (chopped into chunky pieces)
  • Then prep and cut cabbage into small pieces and put into 2nd saucepan with water to boil (bring cabbage to boil and low down the heat for about 20 minutes. Don,t over cook it)
  • To make parsley sauce you put two chunks of butter into a 3rd saucepan until melted
  • Then dice your onion and put it in with the butter
  • Then add cream into onion and butter mixture
  • Add a pinch of salt and black pepper
  • In the meantime check if carrots and cabbage are tender. so take cabbage out and put into a cool clean container
  • Now check the parsley sauce if it,s cooked right and then add chopped parsley
  • Now fill a saucepan with cold water and put your potatoes in on high heat
  • keep checking every so often on the potatoes and the sauce until it,s done while the beef is still cooking

Now you know how to cook corn beef and cabbage 🙂

Spice Bag


The spice bag is a new phenomenon in Irish culture and it has been around since 2010. this is a cuisine but originated in Dublin and you can find this in fast food dotted all over Dublin. basically, it is a mixture of chips (french fries) chicken strips, onions, peppers amongst other things. Covered in hot spices all in a bag or a box  But you can make your own.


  • Preheat oven and then beat the egg in a bowl and then place the chicken strips into mix cumin, almonds and chili separately until they are fully coated and put into a tray on medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Cut chips (french fries) with onions and peppers and cook with rosemary, sliced onion and coconut oil for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Now get yourself another bowl and mix your recipe in spices and wallah there you have it!

Irish Coffee

Recipe for Irish Coffee


When I worked in a hotel. I learned how to make an Irish coffee and it was very popular amongst guests. This is how to make one. Now, these are all alcoholic drinks in case you’re warned!


  • Before making the Irish coffee. you have to heat the glass (put a spoon in the glass before heating it up to prevents it from shattering) heating the glass keeps the coffee hot longer
  • Now add a measure of whiskey
  • Then add some coffee (if you’re doing it at home. coffee granules with hot water will do)
  • Then add spoonful of brown sugar and stir (make sure there are no excess amount of coffee granules at the bottom)
  • Now add some whipped cream into a bowl (don,t whisk the whipped cream too thick,  have it thin so you can pour it in)
  • Now turn a teaspoon upside down and pour the cream slowly over the back of the spoon so that it evens out on top of the coffee and not sink in
  • And add a sprinkling of chocolate on top

That,s how you make your Irish coffee. So simple and easy to do!

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 Baby Guinness

Not a lot of people know about baby Guinness but guess what! there is no Guinness in it! it is only called by that name cause it looks like Guinness.


  • Get yourself shot glass and fill the glass with Black Sambuca, 3/4 and Coffee liqueur (3 parts) most of the way up with it
  • Now get a teaspoon like the Irish coffee turn it upside down and pour slowly bailey Irish cream over the back of the spoon so that it evens out on top of the Black Sambuca and Coffee liqueur and not to sink in
  • There you go 🙂


Last and not least is the old favorite. a pint of Guinness, as the saying goes in Ireland. the Aul Black Stuff!

I raise a toast to you and I wish you a very Happy.

St Patrick’s Day

Slán abhaile

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10 thoughts on “St Patrick’s Day Recipes  – The Old Country Tradition

  1. Hi, I like your idea. It is very good for me. It simple and easy for people to understand. Actually I learned something from your blog. Others are good but food picture need to make it bigger than it will more attractive. That all from me.Thank you.

    1. Hi Kamusius, I broaden the images and I will be doing that for now on.Thanks for your comment about that. delighted you learned something 🙂

  2. Hi Michael,

    Great post! I love the baby Guinness! Haha beautiful. Irish stew is a favourite and Guinness Beef Stew! Getting hungry just thinking about those.

    Love your website. We party at a place called D’Arcy’s Arms here on the Gold Coast in Australia, great craic! And great Guinness and stew although you can’t beat a Guinness in Ireland, thanks for a great article,



    1. Hi Kevin, Thanks for sharing those stories. I must check out that pub atleast I think It’s an Irish pub during my travels one day, delighted you like my article, you have a great St Patrick’s day 🙂

  3. I haven’t had Irish Stew in about 40 years! My grandmother cooked it as a staple meal. Maybe my dad had too much of it when he was a kid because he never wanted it in our house! 🙂

    Corn Beef and cabbage is another dish I haven’t had in years since I went off red meat. But it was a regular Sunday meal when I was a kid.

    Never had Colcannon or Guinness Beef Stew. I could never develop a taste for the aul black stuff. Always tasted like iron filings to me.

    How come you haven’t listed that other well-known irish tipple – Poitin?

    1. PoitinHiya Gary.I will be adding more Irish recipes to that article. Soda bread and coddle. I live in Ireland but I never saw Poitin being sold in pubs that I know off? I haven’t tasted it so I can’t write about it but I must give a thorough check and let you know. Nice you enjoyed those Irish recipes and bringing back fond memories. thanks for your comment 🙂

  4. I love the layout and your decorating ideas ( for those without imagination) are great. Hopefully that will push your visitors to cook them, and get in the spirit to party and purchase products of Ireland.

    1. Thanks for that lynn. I hope the visitors will get into the spirit on every occasion and a have a happy and an amazing life from the ideas and tips here

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