Wednesday, March 14

St. Patrick's Day Menu Planning

Modern Irish fare is so much more exciting than the traditional corned beef. Pictured: Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Fennel & Mashed Parsnips

St. Patrick’s Day seems to be more of a drinking holiday rather than an eating one, but if you’re like me, those two activities tend to go hand in hand. This year the holiday (dangerously) falls on a Saturday, and I’m certainly looking forward to the opportunity to wake up with a hearty breakfast and a few mimosas (more to share on that next week). I don't have much experience with Irish food, but I do consider myself knowledgeable on party planning and theme events, so here's a few ideas of things to serve alongside your green beer or Guinness. 

There can never be too much green on St. Patty's Day, and your food should reflect that. Pictured: Pesto Penne with Kale & Pignolas
Potatoes are the most famous Irish food (and they're friggin' delicious). Pictured: Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Rich stews and braises keep with Irish tradition and can be made well ahead of your guests' arrival. Pictured: Braised Leg of Lamb