My family is very Irish. My grandmother is full Irish and her parents emigrated to Chicago from Ireland. So that makes me 1/4 Irish and St. Patrick’s Day is something that we always look forward to.
I think Irish traditions are often only seen in elementary schools so I wanted to share with you some fun Irish traditions over the next two weeks to help you get into the St. Patrick’s Day mood!
Today I wanted to start with a traditional Irish dinner. This is what my mom makes every year on St. Patrick’s Day and I need to learn the recipe so I can start making it too. Here’s what it consists of:
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Here’s a recipe from Simply Recipes that looks delicious! It goes great with a little mustard.
Just warm it up and add some butter.
Irish Potato Dish
There are lots of ways to make Irish potatoes and my mom makes great ones! This recipe looks similar that you can make in your crock pot. They uses Russet potatoes, but I definitely suggest using red!
I don’t know if this is traditional, but it sure is good and goes with the green theme!
Again with the green theme, provide some green veggies – broccoli, zucchini, peas, green salad, etc. We usually do broccoli.
My mom will usually puts green food coloring in our water or kool-aid to make it green. Sometimes she does a green sherbet drink which consists of pineapple juice, ginger ale, and a scoop of green sherbet ice cream. You can be as creative as you want with this one!
Hopefully that inspires you! If nothing else, you have to do the corned beef and cabbage and potatoes. It’s so good!!!
Do you know who St. Patrick is? He is a Catholic Saint who preached in Ireland. You can find lots of details on wikipedia or history.com, but for a shortened version, here’s some info I found on Catholic.org. Do you know why shamrocks are associated with Ireland and St. Patrick? Besides the Emerald Isle green, St. Patrick used them to explain the trinity. How interesting! I had no idea! Now you know! (I hope you enjoyed my little Bill Nye the Science Guy reference) 🙂