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St. Patrick's Day: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Black and Tan, Irish Stew, and Much More

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St. Patrick's Day Recipes: More Than Just Corned Beef and Cabbage

Saint Patrick's Day is finally here. While many of you are sure to be out at your local spot to partake in drinking, eating, and watching NCAA tournament st patricks day foodgames - some of you may opt to celebrate at home.

There are many recipes you can utlize for your St. Patrick's Day festivities. Corned beef and cabbage is the most popular meal, but there are many more options to explore.

Just what is corned beef and cabbage? It is simply - three pounds of corned beef brisket with a spice packet, ten small red potatoes, five carrots peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces, and one large head of cabbage cut into small wedges. First place the corned beef into the pot, bring it to a boil, and reduce it to a simmer. Simmer for 50 minutes for each pound of meat, in this case 2 1/2 hours. Then add the potatoes and carrots and cook until tender. Finally, add the cabbage and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove the meat and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Then, plate everything up and enjoy! There are variations of this recipe, so if you're feeling lucky then try out this corned beef and cabbage recipe from Epicurious.com.

guiness harp black and tanAs I said, there are many other options besides the traditional corned beef and cabbage recipe. One such recipe is Beef Stew With Ale, which is made from beef brisket, potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, one turnip, lots of seasoning, and two cans of ale. It takes 30 minutes to prep and 3 hours to cook. Looking to put a spin on this recipe? Check out this assortment of irish stew recipes on allrecipes.com that you can choose from.

There is also Shepherd's Pie, which can be made the traditional way with beef. Or, you can even go with my recipe and add sausage. If you're a vegeterian then switch out the meat for veggie burgers and veggie sausage. Honestly you won't notice much of a difference. It's all about what spices you use.

Looking to make soup for St. Patrick's Day? Then, try out this baked potato soup recipe. It has bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese in it.

If you want to go all out then make some St. Patrick's Day popcorn, Soda Bread, rye party puffs, irish pound cake, and Leprachaun lime drinks for your guests.

If you're looking for some beer options, Guiness is the obvious choice, but you also want to try a black and tan - otherwise known as Guiness and Harp mixed together.

Remember, eat, drink, and be merry this St. Patrick's Day. Also, enjoy the NCAA tournament action if you're into some college hoops. But, most of all be safe!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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