St Patrick's Day party menu

Feb 5, 2011 at 4:02 p.m. ET

Whether you have Irish roots or not, you can still celebrate St Patrick's Day with traditional Irish food and drinks. Throw a St Patrick's Day party with updated Irish recipes to fuel an evening of raucous Irish fun.

Cabbage and Corned Beef

St Patrick's Day Party Menu

St Patrick's Day Appetizers
Irish Beer Bread with Garlic Dip
Banger in Blankets
Drink pairing: Bubbles and Beer (Guinness and Champagne)

St Patrick's Day Entrée
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Drink pairing: Black and Tan (Guinness and Ale)

St Patrick's Day Sides
Guinness Battered Onion Rings
Roasted Potatoes with Crispy Lardons

St Patrick's Day Dessert
Sweet Irish Potatoes
Drink pairing: Irish Coffee

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St Patrick's Day party Recipes

Irish Beer Bread

Makes 12 servings

3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 (12-ounce) bottle any beer (the darker the beer, the darker the bread)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9x5-inch pan with cooking spray.

2. Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl. Add beer and stir until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

3. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then invert bread onto a wire rack and let cool or serve warm with garlic dip (recipe below).

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Garlic Dip

Makes 12 servings

3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

In a serving bowl, stir sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and red pepper together until well combined. Let chill until ready to use.

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Bangers in Blankets

Makes 8 servings

16 mini pre-cooked sausages
2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Roll one sausage in each piece of crescent roll dough and place on baking sheet.

3. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until sausage is heated through and crescent rolls are crispy.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Makes 6 servings

3 pounds corned beef brisket (with spice packet), cut in half
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered
5 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 pound baby carrots
3 cups water
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 medium head cabbage, quartered

1. Arrange meat in a slow cooker then top with onions, potatoes and carrots. Pour water over meat and vegetables and then add garlic, bay leaf, sugar, vinegar, pepper and cabbage.

2. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook 4 to 5 hours on LOW or 8 to 10 hours on HIGH or until vegetables are tender and meat is fully cooked.


Guinness Battered Onion Rings

Makes 6 servings

2 cups all purpose flour
1 whole egg, beaten
3 teaspoons garlic powder
3 teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Guinness
Canola oil for frying
3 large Vidalia onions, sliced into rings

1. In a large bowl, combine flour with egg, garlic powder, oregano, and salt and pepper, stirring until smooth. Pour Guinness into mixture and stir until well combined.

2. Heat oil in a deep skillet until hot.

3. Coat onions in batter and arrange in skillet, but do not overcrowd pan. Cook until onions are tender and coating is browned. Remove onion rings from skillet and let drain on paper towels.

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Roasted Potatoes with Crispy Bacon

Makes 6 servings

6 slices thick cut bacon
8 red potatoes, quartered lengthwise
2 onions, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Arrange bacon on baking sheet and cook until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper towels to drain, reserving bacon grease in pan.

3. Place potatoes on same pan and toss with bacon grease. Cook potatoes 20 minutes then add onions, tossing to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Cook potatoes and onions another 50 to 55 minutes or until potatoes are crispy and browned.

5. Transfer potatoes and onions to a large bowl and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

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Sweet Irish Potatoes

Makes 6 servings

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 cups confectioners' sugar
8 ounces flaked coconut (sweetened)
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1. Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in vanilla and sugar until well combined. Stir in the coconut.

2. Form dough into 1- to 2-inch round balls and roll in cinnamon. Place on a baking sheet and chill until ready to serve.

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