Irish or not, St. Patrick's day is the perfect excuse for gatherings and good times!

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ver the years ,it has become a day that many of our friends look forward to celebrating with us, and the crowd seems to grow larger every year! This St. Patty’s day menu is what I love to make to mark the festive occasion. It is sure to please the most Irish of your mates, and your non-Irish mates! Cheers to Feast & Merriment, inspired by a celebration of the Irish spirit that welcomes all, to raise a glass to good times and good health.

~ The Menu ~

Irish Soda Bread

Sliced Irish soda-bread

Every St. Patty’s day menu must contain a delicious loaf of Irish soda bread. Often people will serve it at dinner, but I like to put it out before dinner alongside some room temperature, European style butter. This Ina Garten recipe uses currants, not raisins, and beats out any soda bread you could ever buy at a store.

Shepherd's Pie

shepherds pie

The origin of Shepherd’s Pie can be traced back to the United Kingdom, specifically Ireland. While many mistakenly believe it ‘s made with beef, it is actually made with lamb.  The more popular Cottage Pie is made with beef. Being a traditionalist in the kitchen, I make mine with lamb. Learn how!

Corned Beef Rubens

Mini Ruben Sandwiches with fries

Not necessarily traditional in Ireland, Corned Beef has certainly become the centerpiece of the Irish-American celebration of St. Patrick’s day. Great on it’s own, but better make into mini Ruben Sandwiches! Start with this simple, reliable corned beef recipe and then assemble into Ruben minis!

Challenge Dish: Ruben Raviolis

ruben ravioli

If you know me at all, you’ll already know that I love making raviolis. What you may not know is that I love eating Ruben sandwiches. So I thought what not combine the two? This may have been the best idea I’ve ever had- They were incredible and a fabulous new addition to our annual St. Patty’s day feast.

Side Dish: Sautéed Cabbage with Carrots

head of cabbage

You simply must have cabbage alongside corned beef! My version of sautéed cabbage is incredibly simple, but much more refined than traditionally boiled cabbage. The carrots add color, texture and a pinch of sweetness to round it out, making it the perfect side dish for corned beef.

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