St Patrick’s Day Inspiration

Well, you know…inspiration beyond green beers.

Not that you necessarily need any additional inspiration.  That would be plenty.

I don’t know how they do things where you’re from (oh, hi there! Do share where you’re from, won’t you?), but in Chicago the unofficial OFFICIAL day of St Paddy’s celebrations takes place on Saturday, regardless of which day of the week March 17th actually falls on.

It’s not our first rodeo.  Sunday shall be devoted to repentance and rehydration.

But on the chance that you ARE planning on enjoying some real live sustenance between car bombs, I have some ideas for ya.

Let’s travel through the ol’ archives, shall we?

1. Shepherd’s Pie


My version is a bit lighter than your usual beef/lamb/gravy variety, but quite delicious, if I do say so myself.

Also, feel free to use all potatoes instead of the potato/cauliflower combo I used in the recipe.  This weekend does not need to be one for going easy on the fat.

2. Cabbage and Potato Hash


If you are entertaining in the morningtime before hitting up the festivities, this is a good one.  I like to serve my hash with an ever easy egg up top.  Love me some runny yolks.

3. Sweet and Sour Cabbage


A bit of an unconventional dish (I mean, I did take inspiration from an Asian recipe for this one), but braised cabbage is never a bad way to go.

I realize that makes me sound like an old lady and I may be one step away from a daily dose of Metamucil, but I stand by that statement.

If you need an interesting, yet thematically appropriate, side dish for your celebration, go for this one!

4. Cabbage Mac ‘n Cheese


Let’s be honest – you knew I wasn’t gonna leave out a mac ‘n cheese recipe.  It is me we’re talking about.

That reminds me of the fact that I haven’t made any kind of mac ‘n cheese lately.  Clearly, I’ll need to remedy that very soon.

Perhaps I shall spend Sunday repenting, rehydrating and cheese-saucing.

Have a fun and safe St Patrick’s Day, everyone!

11 thoughts on “St Patrick’s Day Inspiration

  1. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you as well! I’ve never really had cabbage I don’t think, aside from coleslaw. Strange but true! I feel the need to give it another try!

  2. I actually can’t remember when I last ate mac and cheese. I need to get on this.
    I didn’t get any cabbage OR green beers this St. Patty’s. Major fail.

  3. Chicago for St Pattys was one of my favorite memories!

    Great recipes and I love the festivities. I’ve been listening to Accuradio Celtic stations all week:)

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