As young adults, St. Patty's Day was about getting on the streets of New York to cheer the parade and celebrating with Guinness or Irish whiskey afterwards at Mulligan's pub in Hoboken, NJ. Then as parents, it was about watching my son dwell on leprechauns, pots of gold and wearing his green t-shirt or underwear to school. In reality, this feast day has great religious and cultural significance: it was declared a Christian Feast Day in Seventeenth Century and is a national holiday in Ireland on March 17, to mark the death of St Patrick. It has been customary to wear the color green and shamrock (the 3-leaf plant) on St. Patrick's day and now, the world over, St. Patrick's Day celebrations are associated with the color green: green drinks, green outfits, green ribbons, green face paint, and green food!
Many of the recipes you find online for St. Patricks’s Day are just regular ol’ recipes with green dye added to them like green mint Oreo cupcakes!!! But you don't have to just add green dye to show off your St. Patty' Day spirit or just carb-o-load with potatoes if you want to experience some Irish cooking at home! Here are a few of our favorite recipes (from authentic to fusion) that will add some GREEN
to your St. Patrick’s Day table but allow you to be authentic as you celebrate the Irish spirit.
1. Easy, Comforting, and Spring-y
is traditional Irish potatoes not only remind you of the comforting American mashed potatoes but also "spring-y" with kale and scallions added in. This recipe by Boulder Locavore is so simple with 5 ingredients and yet a great one to celebrate the Irish Feast! http://boulderlocavore.com/2013/03/authentic-irish-colcannon-st-patricks-day.html
2. Authentic, Trendy, and Daring
(beware the stinging Nettle!): This recipe by Edible Ireland blew me away. I have never used Nettle before other than as a natural medicine to treat seasonal allergies. This recipe was adapted by her from Irish Traditional Cooking
by Darina Allen, who says that Nettle was used in folk medicine and now is a trendy ingredient for chefs. http://edible-ireland.com/2012/03/29/irish-nettle-soup/
3. Traditional Roots:
Ireland has a prodigious use of root vegetables, so look for dishes that revolve around potatoes carrots, and turnips. Here's one that has cabbage and scallions to add some green while staying traditional. http://lyndeymilan.com/roast-monkfish-with-irish-style-cabbage-potato-sauce-and-scallion-butter/
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