8 Irish Pub-Inspired Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, we enjoy cooking recipes that are typical of Irish pubs. We’ve always enjoyed gathering at our favourite spot with a good pint and good company, eating cozy dishes like stews, mashed potatoes and Irish soda bread. But until we can return to our favourite public houses, both here and in Ireland, we’re inspired to cook a warm menu at home.

1. Spelt Irish Soda Bread

Both dense and soft, we’ve revisited this classic Irish bread by using spelt flour, and replaced the traditional buttermilk with yogurt to help the bread rise. Slices are perfect for sopping up the last drops of beef and beer stew.

2. Fried Oysters

Served as a starter, these oysters are sure to disappear fast! Much like with other fried foods, such as calamari or fish and chips, add a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavour.

3. Irish Cream Shooter in Black Beer

One thing’s for sure: the Irish know how to party! For this drink, drop a shot glass of Irish cream into a glass three-quarters filled with dark beer. Then chug it down before the cream curdles!

4. Colcannon

Potatoes and cabbage are emblematic ingredients of Irish pub cuisine. Here, they are combined into a delicious purée. First, boil the shredded Savoy cabbage in some milk and cream. Then keep the cooking liquid and combine it with the mashed potatoes, which will absorb the flavour.

5. Beef and Beer Stew

This Irish stew used to be made with lamb, but after the Great Famine of 1845 in Ireland, it was replaced with beef, which was much easier to find at the time. It also includes a healthy amount of root vegetables like carrots, potatoes and turnips, as well as prunes.

6. Corned Beef

When you think of corned beef, a canned meat of questionable texture likely comes to mind. But no! Make it at home using beef brisket for a tender and tasty meat, best served as a sandwich on rye bread with mustard.

7. Sausage Shepherd’s Pie

This is the ultimate comfort dish! The meat mixture is composed of sausage meat, mushrooms, cabbage and green peas. It’s then topped with a layer of mashed potatoes and sharp cheddar cheese.

8. Chocolate Guinness Cake

Guinness is an Irish stout whose aroma is reminiscent of chocolate. That’s why it’s ideal for adding a touch of depth to this dessert. Of course, you can use a local dark stout to bake this cake, as well.