With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to take a look at some traditional Irish food to serve up this year! We’re not talking about your old standbys of corned beef and cabbage (which, believe it or not isn’t an actual dish from Ireland, but one that was invented in New York). We’re talking about some real Irish food–stuff that will stick to your ribs and warm your soul on a cold, rainy (or snowy) night. Let’s get to some delicious Irish food!

1. Colcannon

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This delicious side dish includes hot and fluffy mashed potatoes and chopped up kale or white cabbage and is a long time favorite of the Irish. In the past, surprise charms were hidden in the colcannon. Coins symbolized wealth, buttons meant you would be single for the next year, a thimble represented being a spinster for the next year and a ring meant marriage! In addition, young single women would hang a sock filled with colcannon in hopes that the first man to walk through the door would be their future husband. For a great recipe, check out this one!

2. Irish Brown Bread

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Although brown bread is basically just whole wheat bread, it’s an absolute staple to include alongside any traditional Irish breakfast, stew or soup. Somewhere between pound cake and rye bread, you will find brown bread all over Ireland. Serve it warm with your meal for a happy family! Find a great article and recipe here.

3. Seafood Chowder

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Along the coast of Ireland where the rolling green fields meet the sea, fisherman take their local catches and create a heavenly seafood chowder that will absolutely warm your bones. This hearty stew includes a slew of different fish and shellfish and is perfect for a cold March night. Enjoy this succulent recipe.

What will you eat this St. Patrick’s Day?


Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.

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