We all know what to drink to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day - Guinness of course!
But to get into the true spirit of paying homage to Ireland’s patron saint, you also need an authentic Irish feast to complete your tribute. We spoke to top Irish food writer Niamh Shields from eatlikeagirl.com to find out exactly what we should be eating to complement our Guinness this year.
What’s a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal?
On St Patrick's Day, Irish families will be at the local St Patrick's Day parade. There is no traditional meal as such, but if people want something that is Irish they will look to bacon and cabbage or an Irish stew made with lamb chops.
What’s your favourite Irish recipe?
There are many! And it depends on my mood. For example this morning, I had potato cakes for breakfast made with leftover mash. So delicious! Irish stew is a classic and something I plan to make soon.
Any tips for cooking with Guinness?
If using Guinness, especially with meats, it is best to go low and slow so that the sweetness of the meat blends with and counters the bitterness of the Guinness. It works so well, but it must be cooked for a long time.
Meats that work well with Guinness?
Beef and lamb work particularly well with Guinness. But even bacon does too! Bacon is naturally sweet and salty and works very well with bitter drinks.
What’s a good breakfast for the morning after St. Paddy’s?
There HAS to be eggs involved. I would go for potato cakes with wilted kale, poached eggs and hollandaise.
Inspired by Niamh's advice, we've rounded up some of our favourite Paddy's Day recipes to get you started next Friday...
Gammon with Irish-style mash
Get a hearty dinner inside you with this lovely gammon steak and cabbage with spring onion packed mash recipe.
Irish stew with soda bread
Serve this traditional Irish stew recipe with a hunk of soda bread. Perfect for St Paddy's Day!
Steak and Guinness stew
Not only can you drink the stout, you can cook with it, too! This amazing pie filled with stewing steak, mushrooms and Guinness is topped with puff pastry. Can we have some right now please?