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the perfect st patricks day treats

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner on March 17, we should all be thinking about ways to celebrate the holiday, which honors Ireland’s foremost patron saint. It doesn’t matter if you have Irish blood coursing through your veins or not; the holiday provides the perfect excuse to have a good time. Eating and drinking are the most popular ways to pay your respects, so why not host a party that features plenty of authentic Irish foods? The Emerald Isle is home to some truly delicious cuisine, and not surprisingly, many top specialties contain a splash or two of dark, rich Guinness, the famous Irish stout, which also happens to be the universal drink of choice on St. Patrick’s Day. Break out your finest green outfit and get ready for a feast!

Ballymaloe Brown Yeast Bread

Originally baked fresh just for their family, guests at the famed Ballymaloe House eventually got a taste of this yummy bread and couldn’t get enough. The tradition has been going strong for over 60 years now, and the bread is especially perfect as part of a St. Patrick’s Day spread. What’s more, you can feel good about indulging since it contains nutritious ingredients including treacle, wholemeal flour and yeast.

Boxty Pancakes

These traditional potato pancakes are made with a combination of mashed and grated potatoes that deliver a unique texture that is a cross between a pancake and hash browns. You will find boxty served with meals all day long in Ireland, which isn’t surprising given they are so delicious and satisfying, not to mention incredibly versatile. Top with sliced chives or green onions and serve with savory sauces for the ultimate indulgence.

Smoked Fish With Guinness Bread

This delicious dip can be made using a variety of smoked fishes such as mackerel, salmon or trout. Made with crème fraîche, creamy horseradish, lemon juice, fresh dill, freshly ground pepper and, of course, smoked fish, it is a savory delight served with a slice of homemade Guinness bread.

Irish Beef Stew

It doesn’t get more traditional, or delectable, than beef stew. Featuring hearty ingredients such as potatoes, bacon, shallots, mushrooms and Guinness, this comforting stew tastes great on a chilly winter day. For best results, make your stew at least one day ahead of time so the flavors have time to really develop. It pairs nicely with a side of roasted or mashed potatoes.

Beef, Chocolate and Guinness Pies

Comfort food at its finest, these savory pies contain the surprise element of chocolate, which lends a smoothness to the texture and a depth of flavor perfect for counteracting the bitterness of the Guinness. Serve alongside slow-cooked red cabbage for a satisfying meal.

Chocolate, Stout and Ginger Cake

To finish your St. Patrick’s Day feast off right, treat your tastebuds to a luscious cake featuring a melt-in-your-mouth infusion of chocolate, Guinness and spicy ginger.

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