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St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making one or two of these delicious and warming Irish foods.
Gratin Dauphinois

Gratin Dauphinois

This classic variation on potatoes au gratin is a cheese-free affair. To make the recipe gluten-free, simply omit the flour and replace the milk with heavy cream, which will thicken as it cooks.

Hearty Irish Lager Stew

Hearty Irish Lager Stew

Pale lager beer adds the mellow flavors of barley, hops, and malt to a rich vegetable stew. The secret ingredient is quick-cooking tapioca, which thickens the stew and gives it a glistening sheen.

Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties

Like Ireland, Cornwall is a Celtic region, so it’s no surprise that these turnovers are a favorite in pubs all over Ireland.

Soda Bread Scones

Soda Bread Scones

Irish soda bread is just barely sweet and biscuit-like—perfect with a savory meal.  It’s usually baked in a large round, but here we’ve cut it into scone-like wedges that take only 20 minutes to bake. 

Updated Irish Stew

Updated Irish Stew

This stew tastes even better as leftovers, once the flavors have had a chance to develop. Serve it over mashed potatoes for a deliciously comforting meal. Traditional Irish stout is not vegan, but to find a beer that is, log on to veganconnection.com.

Mashed Potatoes with Chives

Mashed Potatoes with Chives

It really isn’t an Irish dinner unless there are potatoes. These can be served as a side dish, or combined with a stew to make a cottage pie: Simply place the stew in a pie dish, spread the potatoes on top, and place under the broiler until the potatoes are browned.

Colcannon

Colcannon

This ultra-Irish dish varies from one county to the next, with some cooks using cabbage in place of kale, others using leeks or onions for extra flavor. Here, it gets a modern-day makeover with purple potatoes, garlic and shiitake mushrooms to reflect all the delicious new options found in Irish markets today. If you can’t find purple potatoes, Yukon gold, fingerling or russet varieties also work well.

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Mashed Potatoes with Mustard Greens and Leeks

In this cousin to Irish colcannon, mustard greens, leek tops, and nutmeg add depth of flavor to mashed potatoes. For the liveliest spice, grate fresh whole nutmeg on the prong-like side of a box grater.