St. Pat's falls on a Friday, which could either bum you out for lack of being able to celebrate or cause you to get creative. In the spirit of keeping things positive (and since we're always on a look out to party) why not make Sunday your lucky day instead? Sunday brunch, anyone?
I know, Irish food is never the first thing I crave but I've found some ideas for you that just might change both our minds. All it took was 10 seconds on Pinterest to see that there are tons of delicious spins you can put on traditional Irish recipes. Well done, internet!
And, really, Brunch is the perfect way to celebrate this holiday. Each recipe is an update of a classic St. Patrick's day dish or drink, with a twist. Whip these up and you'll be making your own luck - no Irish heritage required!
BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH
This is one of my favorites, combining both the Irish and French influences of my family's background. This savory souffle has tons of cheesy flavor and would work just as well at brunch as at dinner.
Okay, yes, fish and chips is techinically English but this twist on the classic—with fennel-apple slaw, garlic mayo, and fried fish—is the best burger I had while in Dublin.
Because the only thing better than mashed potatoes is my Dad's mashed potato pancakes topped with an egg, crisp bacon, and lots of Cheddar Beer sauce.
Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk and Dates — from Adventures in Cooking
The substitution of buttermilk gives this version a tender texture, and - as a California girl - I can't argue with the addition of chopped dates.
Irish Soda Bread French Toast — from Sweet Remedy
In all my years of making french toast with Italian panettone, I don't know how this idea never occurred to me; lucky me that Sweet Remedy had this stroke of genius!
Pull-Apart Irish Soda Bread Rolls — from Martha Stewart
Serving brunch for a crowd? These pull-apart soda bread rolls are a great alternative to the traditional loaf.
Irish Potato Bread — from Saveu
At first glance, these reminded me of a French street food called socca, made with chickpea flour and fried to perfection. But of course, this one is made with potatoes (and gets a hit of delicious flavor from bacon fat), and would make the perfect snack to go with all that beer this weekend.
Baked Eggs with Irish Bangers and Cheddar Cheese — from Chowhound
An easy and satisfying recipe to make for a crowd; great for brunch and just fine for dinner, too.
Boxty Irish Potato Pancake — from Chowhound
I love potato pancakes -- L.O.V.E. them. Any excuse to have them on the table is just not necessary, but St. Patrick's Day does call for some form of potato and this dish fits the bill perfectly.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup — from Skinny Taste
Done with traditional corned beef and cabbage dishes? In an "Aha!" moment, this recipe turns the traditional meal into a light-but-flavorful soup.
Corned Beef and Cabbage with Parsley-Mustard Sauce — from Food52
Browning the corned beef in the oven crisps up the exterior, and - not content with just a seasoned broth - Suzanne Goin adds a tantalizing parsley-mustard sauce to her recipe that brightens up the whole dish.
Last year we had an unseasonably warm St. Patrick's Day, and I was inspired by the abundance of spring produce to create this bright and fresh cocktail. It may not be that warm again this year, but I might not be able to say no to something in a shade of green this pretty!
If you consider your style traditional-with-a-twist, try out this easy cocktail: a combination of Guinness and brut champagne, the Black Velvet is sour like a gueuze lambic, but gets a full-bodied richness from the beer.
How you get through a day of toasting St. Pat's? With the help of this real deal Irish coffee that I scoped out on my last trip to Dublin.
The Lady Guinness — from The Glitter Guide
Another two-ingredient cocktail, this drink combines Guinness beer with black currant liqueur: a very lady-like cocktail indeed!
Um, oatmeal shortbread is pretty life changing. Espcially when you top it with dark chocolate and a little sea salt.
My 94-year old grandmother has whisky, chocolate, and coffee daily because and she claims htey are are secrets to longevity. I don't know if that's scientifically proven, but I figured I'd combine them all in this milkshake just in case!
Irish Whiskey Ice Cream — from The View From Great Island
If you've got the time, and an ice cream maker, your guests would be lucky to get a bowl of this whiskey ice cream.
Irish Whisky Affogato — from Honestly Yum
I'm part Irish and Italian so, of course, I'm drawn to a drink that combines an Italian drink with Irish whiskey. And what if you decided to make the Irish whiskey ice cream, above? Yup, that's what I'm talking about!
Mini Guinness Chocolate Floats — from Jelly Toast
These are so over-the-top, with whiskey-whipped cream and Guinness chocolate sauce, but their tiny size makes them the perfect top-off to any St. Patrick's Day shindig.
"Green Velvet" Layer Cake — from Food Network Kitchens
Cu'z, if you're gonna to go green, go really green.
Opening photo by Kristin Duvall