What do the Irish eat for St Patrick's Day? Delicious food ideas for March 17th

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Eat what the Irish eat this St Patrick's Day and celebrate more traditionally this year. Yes, alcohol might well steal the spotlight, but no proper party is complete without something tasty.

In many places, the edible elements of a St Patrick's Day celebration have been slightly coopted. American revellers might be familiar with dishes like corned beef and cabbage, but that doesn't necessarily make them particularly Irish.

Sometimes, it's worth re-examining your history.

what do the Irish eat on st Patricks day? Celebrate March 17 traditionally by eating what the Irish eat on St Patrick's Day (Credit: Pexels)

What is traditional St Patrick's Day food?

To help make your next St Patrick's Day party as memorable as possible, we've pulled together 11 of the most delicious traditional Irish dishes.

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Whether you prefer a hearty stew or sandwich stuffed with black pudding, this list has something for everyone.

Here's our guide to the tastiest traditional Irish food.

traditional St Patrick's Day food There's more to traditional St Patrick's Day food than salt beef and cabbage (Credit: PA)

1. Bacon and Cabbage

The original version of corned beef and cabbage, this dish is a much more luxurious alternative. Although admittedly, this doesn't say much when the competition is designed to be stored in a fallout shelter.

A combination of boiled back bacon, cabbage, potatoes and parsley sauce, bacon and cabbage proves that you don't need meat from a can to celebrate Irish heritage.

Bacon and cabbage often comes with mashed potatoes (Credit: Alamy/Simon Reddy)

2. Boxty

Potatoes feature heavily in Irish cooking. Although there are many innovative applications, there aren't many that are tastier than a boxty.

Boxties are essentially a type of potato pancake, typically fried into flat, starchy disks. Also available at shops and supermarkets, the dish is a go-to across much of the country.

Boxty St Patrick's Day food Boxty pancakes are a staple in Ireland (Credit: Alamy/Simon Reddy)

3. Breakfast roll

Sometimes, a small potato pancake just isn't going to cut it at breakfast. When your need is dire, the only option has to be the almighty breakfast roll.

These enormous baguettes are typically stuffed with everything from sausages to bacon, eggs, black pudding, white pudding and hash browns. If you're feeling a little fragile, a breakfast roll is your only option.

4. Chicken roll

In a similar tradition to the early morning treat, Irish chicken rolls offer a bombastic alternative to a normal sandwich.

Essentially a glorified chicken baguette, these sandwiches feature fillings like tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise, all topped with fistfuls of battered chicken fillet. Say what you like, it definitely does a job.

Chicken rolls St Patrick's Day food Chicken rolls come in all shapes and sizes (Credit: Alamy/Martin Lee)

5. Coddle

The Irish appetite for stews is legendary. Though there are plenty of great options, none appeals more to the stricken, slightly hungover cook than coddle.

Originally created as a way to use up meaty leftovers before Friday, coddle often features a mix of sausages and potatoes. As any frail party-goer will agree, this is a tried and tested combination.

Coddle Irish food St Patrick's Day Coddle might be the ultimate March comfort food (Credit: Alamy/Dorling Kindersley ltd)

6. Colcannon

Proper mashed potatoes are pretty difficult to improve. If there's one recipe that comes close, it's probably colcannon.

This blend of richly buttered potatoes and kale is usually eaten as a side dish, but can occasionally feature as a main course. When potatoes are the centre of attention, you know you're eating something special.

St Patrick's Day food Colcannon with Irish butter is a classic combination (Credit: Alamy/Brent Hofacker)

7. Crubeens

Boiled pig feet might not sound like an especially appetising way to celebrate Ireland, but looks can be deceiving.

To prepare crubeens, you should first boil, then batter and fry pig trotters. This means that the dish combines tender meat with a crispy coating.

What do the Irish eat on St Patrick's Day They might not look particularly appetising, but crubeens are a delicacy (Credit: Alamy/Zoonar Gmbh)

8. Drisheen

If you're of a slightly nervous disposition, the concept of blood pudding might be difficult to get your head around. Drisheen takes things even further.

What makes this dish particularly unique is it's singularly gelatinous consistency. Drisheen definitely delivers on flavour, despite sounding slightly alarming.

St Patrick's Day food Drisheen is similar to English black pudding or Scottish haggis (Credit: Alamy/Dorling Kindersley ltd)

9. Farl

Bread has been the backbone of Irish cooking for centuries, and one of the tastiest traditional recipes is soda bread farl.

Essentially a cut off from a larger loaf, quartered to form separate flatbreads, farls can be used as a side dish or eaten on their own. Either way, they make for a delicious treat.

What do the Irish eat on St Patrick's Day Farl is a staple at breakfast (Credit: Alamy/D and S Food Photography)

10. Irish Breakfast

Breakfasts have a proud history all over the British Isles – and Ireland is no exception.

The Irish version typically involves sausages, eggs, bacon and a mix of black and white pudding. Potato boxties and farls can also feature. Whatever is involved, the end result always delivers.

What do the Irish eat on St Patrick's Day Irish breakfasts are famously indulgent (Credit: Simon Reddy)

11. Irish Stew

No list of iconic Irish dishes would be complete without a nod to stew.

A staple across the country, this dish lamb or mutton and a mix of root vegetables, although some versions may vary. If you want to try one dish to get a taste of Ireland, Irish stew is a great option.

What do the Irish eat on St Patrick's Day Irish stew might be the ultimate hangover cure (Credit: Alamy/The Yarvin Kitchen)

Understandably, the menu might not be high on your St Patrick's Day priorities list. As crucial as food is, conversely there plenty of other, less solid substances that need careful consideration.

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However, no party is complete without something tasty.

If you want to celebrate to the full, then eat what the Irish eat on St Patrick's Day and supplement your evening with something from this list.