5 Classic Irish Dishes

This St. Patrick's Day, scratch the green food coloring and try your luck on these five classic Irish favorites.

  • Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Corned beef and cabbage is, hands down, the most requested St. Patrick's Day dish here at MyRecipes. Corned beef is simply a beef brisket soaked in brine, giving the meat a deliciously flavorful pickled taste. The best thing about this recipe is that you can do it all in your slow cooker.
  • Shepherd's Pie
    Photo: Tina Rupp

    Shepherd's Pie

    This economical one-dish wonder is a perfect way to use up leftovers. Leftover meatloaf or ground beef teams up with carrots, celery, peas, and canned potatoes to create a delicious, hearty dish. The entire masterpiece is topped with mashed potatoes and cooked until the top is golden brown. Enjoy with a pint of Guiness for the complete Irish experience.
  • Irish Potato Soup
    Photo: Ralph Anderson

    Irish Potato Soup

    The Irish love their potatoes, and this soup truly makes the most of this humble, hearty vegetable. Sautéed onions and leeks are cooked with potatoes in chicken broth, pureed until smooth, and then served hot or cold and topped with chives and crumbled bacon.
  • Irish Soda Loaf
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    Irish Soda Loaf

    Traditional Irish soda bread is a staple in any Irish meal and uses baking soda, rather than yeast, as a leaven. Caraway seeds are added for crunch, and raisins yield a sweet surprise with every bite.

  • Creamy Oatmeal
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Creamy Oatmeal

    Instant oatmeal may be quick and convenient, but there's really no substitute for the distinctively chewy texture of hearty Irish steel-cut oats. And once you've tasted this tantalizing combination of brown sugar, dried apricots, cinnamon, and cloves, you'll never go back to instant again.

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