As I have explained, St. Patrick’s day is a big deal in our house. This year it is going to be even more awesome as it falls on a Friday and my sister in law Sara will be in town to celebrate. DC watch out! Last year I pulled together this fun little dinner party to celebrate. Hopefully the menu and pictures inspire you for this Friday. Sláinte!
Decorating the table is easy for this one – anything green or gold works! I used my favorite gold flatware and gold and black votive candles. I just so happen to have several mini beer mugs (don’t you??) that I used to hold a sprinkling of baby’s breath down the middle of the table. Paired with green linens and a rattan charger for contrast it was a super easy table to pull together. For additional green, Bells of Ireland and Babys breath in a large vase at the end of the table.
Guinness is essential for a St. Patrick’s day feast, but for those of you who are not a big fan or who want to class it up a bit may I suggest the Black Velvet. Half Guiness, half Champagne (or in this case Cava) you use the back of the spoon to pour the two which creates this amazing layered effect. Also the cava brightens up the Guinness making for a lovely drink.
I served these with an Irish cheese board that included Dubliner cheddar, a Irish whiskey washed cows milk cheese, some fig jam, candied walnuts and a Cashel blue cheese from County Tipperary.
I make this every year without fail. It is hands down the best soda bread recipe I have ever tried and even better, it makes two loaves! The browned butter gives it a nutty rich taste and the rosemary adds a freshness. If you have never baked bread, this is where to start as it requires no kneading or pans and is practically impossible to mess up. Make sure to pick up some good Irish butter to serve it with.
Boston Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing
You have to have some green right? I love beautiful Boston lettuce (some call it bibb but not this Bostonian!) as its so tender and light. You can serve it whole like I did which makes it look like you plucked it right from a beautiful Irish garden, or cut into wedges for individual servings. Drizzled with this buttermilk dressing its a great fresh start to the meal.
This stew that I posted last St. Patrick’s day is delicious all on its own but my boy looooves pot pies so I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to combine the two. Also a great excuse to use my cute little shamrock cookie cutters! Make the stew in advance, then just put into individual bowls. Defrost some puff pastry, you will probably need 2 sheets for 4 pies. Cut out circles slightly larger than the top of the bowl.
Brush the edges of the bowl with egg wash and then top with the puff pastry. You will need to cut slits in the top to let steam escape or you can use a cookie cutter like I did to make a shamrock hole. Brush the top of the puff pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes or so until golden.
Guinness Ice Cream Floats
No real recipe needed here – just scoop your favorite vanilla ice cream into a tall glass and top with as much Guinness as you would like. Drizzle on some chocolate sauce and you are in business! All of these dishes are pretty easy so even when St. Patrick’s day falls on a weeknight you can impress your friends. Happy St. Patricks!