43 Recipes To Kick Off Your St. Patrick's Day Celebration

When you think of St. Patrick's Day food, you might think of corned beef and cabbage — but that's just the beginning. Whether you're serving a full sit-down meal loaded with traditional regional dishes or hosting a pub-hopping pre-game, we've rounded up 45 recipes to help you get into the spirit of the holiday. 

It's the day of shamrocks, pots of gold, rainbows, and green graphic tee shirts that challenge "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" in block letters. (Are you feeling lucky yet?) Folks around the world have been celebrating St. Patrick's Day for over 1,000 years, during which time they've paraded, laid down sick shanties on the bagpipes, and literally dyed their rivers green. (Shout out to Chicago foodies.) 

While the way people celebrate may change over the years, one festivity has always remained constant: a feast. Even during the earliest celebrations, since St. Patrick's Day falls during Lent, observant Christian families were officially allowed to ignore Lenten fasting rituals and dig into a meaty, bready, decadent holiday meal. Here are some ideas to help you plan yours.

Traditional Irish Colcannon

Even amateur foodies are likely familiar with elevated mashed potatoes. Restaurants and dive bars alike have seen mix-ins like lobster, truffles, garlic, buffalo chicken — and now, cabbage. Introducing traditional Irish colcannon: buttery mashed potatoes stirred with sauteed cabbage and kale. It's an easy way to sneak a leafy green vegetable onto the holiday dinner table, and it also makes a great side dish for roasted chicken or holiday ham. 

Plus, thanks to its super buttery makeup, it reheats without drying out and, according to recipe developer Ting Dalton, these potatoes will keep in the freezer for up to four months. Whip out those killer leftovers and keep the St. Paddy's Day party going strong for weeks to come.

Recipe: Traditional Irish Colcannon

Cabbage with Guinness

This side dish is about as Irish as it gets. Cabbage may be a veggie with a characteristic sweet-mild natural taste, but it's anything but boring — especially in this Tasting Table Test Kitchen recipe. White wine and sugar combine for a complex, dimensional, sour-sweet-umami flavor profile and crushed red pepper flakes and caraway seeds add a slightly herbal floral element. 

But, the star ingredient here is Guinness. Super-porous cabbage absorbs the stout's malt-heavy chocolate-coffee flavor for robust roundness. It only takes five minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of cook time, making this recipe ideal if you need to bring a dish to the holiday party but don't have much time to pull something together.

Recipe: Cabbage with Guinness

Elevated Green Tea Shot

Get in the St. Paddy's Day "spirit" with this bright green ripper. Maybe you've seen this particular shot at a frat party before, but either way, forget everything you know about green tea shots. "Green tea" shots don't actually contain green tea; it's whiskey, peach schnapps, sour mix, and lemon-lime soda. It may seem a little jungle juice-esque, but believe it or not, the combination of ingredients emulates the flavor of green tea. This version uses a homemade sour mix made with fresh lemon and lime juices for fancy flair. 

These shots are perfect for St. Paddy's Day thanks to their bright spring green hue. If you've been itching for sunny days, these green tea shots will make the wait go by a little faster. Opt for a classic Irish whiskey like Sláinte, extra smooth without being overly sweet. It goes down easy and skips the sugar headache.

Recipe: Elevated Green Tea Shot

Irish Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread pudding might seem like the brainchild of English foodies across the pond, but bread and butter is a huge part of Irish cuisine. No traditional full Irish breakfast would be complete without soda bread. This Irish bread and butter pudding only takes a few minutes of prep work, which you can do in advance, and it doesn't require any fancy cooking techniques. 

All the ingredients get layered into a casserole dish and slammed into the oven. Fuhgeddaboutit. This dessert makes hosting easy so you can work on getting that corned beef in the oven. Plus, you can wander off and talk to your guests while the pudding bakes and the kitchen fills with dreamy aromas.

Tasting Table recipe developer Susan Olayinka recommends serving it with hot custard or a scoop of ice cream. French vanilla would add a rich, creamy element, or if you're feeling fancy, rum raisin or butter pecan would pair nicely, too.

Recipe: Irish Bread and Butter Pudding

Homemade Irish Cream

This is a great recipe for St. Patrick's Day, but you really should keep this one in your back pocket all year long. Oh, the many numbered uses for sweet, rich Irish cream. Stir it into coffee, make a White Russian cocktail, or pour it over ice cream. This recipe comes from Angela Waterhouse, a bartender at Brooklyn's Stone Park Cafe who spent her childhood in Dublin. To avoid a harsh whiskey sting, Waterhouse recommends opting for a softer spirit like Tullamore Dew. (Pro-tip: Gift a bottle of this to the host and win the unofficial Best Guest title. You can throw it together in five minutes.)

Recipe: Homemade Irish Cream

Cabbage Au Gratin

Au gratin dishes are immediately warming and comforting, and they aren't just for potatoes or cauliflower. The cheesy mouthful makes this cabbage au gratin a good way to get picky eaters to try some veggies. Even for more adventurous eaters, it can be nice to sample a vegetable alongside the other meaty offerings on the St. Paddy's Day dinner table. Gouda, rosemary, and thyme create an au gratin flavor bomb that makes this side dish a nice accompaniment to steak, chicken, or fish.

Recipe: Cabbage Au Gratin

Lemon Blueberry Scones

Homemade scones are a surefire way to impress at a holiday party, and they only take about a half hour to put together. Keep the celebratory spirit rolling all the way into dessert with these lemon blueberry scones. Sweetness meets the bright acidity of the lemon for a complex taste sure to please. For a finishing touch, the profile gets tied together with a light, tart, vanilla lemon glaze. Pair these scones with a mug of Irish breakfast tea, or coffee spiked with the homemade Irish cream we covered a few recipes ago. 

Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Scones

Simple Shepherd's Pie

When St. Patrick's Day rolls around in mid-March, the scene outside can look a lot closer to winter drear than pastel springtime. If your holiday falls on a cold or rainy day this year, the king of comfort foods can come to the rescue. If you're planning on hitting the town for your St. Patrick's Day celebration, pre-game with this stick-to-your-ribs dish that'll keep you and your squad warm and full all night long. 

If you're celebrating at home, dinner guests will be just as happy to cozy up with a plate of hot, inviting food. This combination of ground beef, potatoes, and vegetables heats up well for leftovers and only takes 10 minutes of hands-on prep time to assemble.

Recipe: Simple Shepherd's Pie

Homemade Shamrock Shake

Your craving just hit, but it's two in the morning after a fun night of celebrating and McDonald's is closed. Or, maybe it's November and nowhere near St. Patrick's Day, but you want to drink a shamrock shake this instant. How can it be done? The McDonald's version is vanilla soft serve blended with mint syrup. Our version uses pistachio ice cream — extra flavorful, and extra pigmented. (Sorry, Kermit. For once, it's actually very easy being green.) 

Skip the drive-thru and enjoy this thick, festive, seasonal soft-serve treat of your dreams. With this recipe, you don't even have to leave the party; sip a shamrock shake from the comfort of your own home. If you're in an especially celebratory mood, you could even spike it with vanilla vodka or Irish cream liqueur.

Recipe: Homemade Shamrock Shake

Corned Beef Hash

Get your holiday started first thing in the morning and whip up this corned beef hash for breakfast. It's a hearty and flavorful way to kick off the festivities or to keep them going all week long. This recipe will put all that leftover corned beef in your fridge to good use. Serve with a fried egg and an Irish soda bread scone slathered in Irish butter. (Overkill? We don't think so.) On a weekend, you could even enjoy it with a boozy Irish cream coffee for a fun brunch.

Recipe: Corned Beef Hash

Creamy Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

Looking for a vegetarian side dish to serve with your table full of corned beef and lamb? Look no further. You probably already have most of the necessary ingredients for these creamy garlic mashed red potatoes hanging around your pantry. The recipe calls for soy milk, and it can easily be converted into a totally vegan dish by subbing sour cream and butter for non-dairy versions. 

Serve alongside any entrée, especially a Guinness-cooked duck confit or corned beef. Recipe developer and plant-based foodie Miriam Hahn suggests serving them with a green salad to brighten up the table.

Recipe: Creamy Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

Old-Fashioned Cabbage Soup

If you hear "cabbage soup" and think "isolated fishing cabin," you've been doing cabbage soup all wrong. This bone-warming cabbage soup is hearty yet super healthy, which can be a nice contrast to some of the more decadent dishes on your holiday dinner table. The combination of cabbage, celery, carrots, and tomato juice makes it a nutrient bomb, which can be very welcome as winter (aka cold and flu season) comes to its highly-anticipated close. 

Sub chicken stock for vegetable stock to easily make this dish accessible to vegetarian dinner guests. Serve with cornbread to complete the meal, or ladle into cups as a first-course soup to kick off a much larger St. Patrick's Day meal to come.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Cabbage Soup

The Dead Rabbit's Irish Coffee

If you've never been, add The Dead Rabbit to your list immediately. The name is a nod to The Dead Rabbits, an Irish American gang living in Lower Manhattan during the 1800s. The bar's website is proudly emblazoned with the accolade of "World's Most-Awarded Pub," which you're sure to understand after paying them a visit. In addition to its iconic flagship NYC location, new Dead Rabbit bars are coming to Austin and NOLA in the next few years. Cocktail fans, get excited. 

With this recipe, you can make an Irish coffee the same way as this infamous bar without leaving your house. What makes this cocktail special is the demerara sugar simple syrup, which lends extra viscosity to thicken up the cocktail. It's a perfect caffeinated after-dinner cocktail to keep that ensuing food coma at bay.

Recipe: The Dead Rabbit's Irish Coffee

The Best Irish Nachos

You heard us right. Introducing: Irish nachos. Have you two met before? (We sort of doubt it.) Instead of tortilla chips, Irish nachos use crispy potato slices as the vehicle for toppings. From there, Irish nachos look pretty identical to Mexican ones. Cheese, sour cream, shredded meat, sliced jalapenos, diced onion, cilantro, guacamole, and other toppings get heaped on. The result is something like a reimagined baked potato; an appetizer your St. Paddy's Day party guests won't soon forget. 

Recipe: The Best Irish Nachos

Irish Brown Soda Bread

As far as homemade bread goes, this Irish brown soda bread is ideal for time-conscious entertaining. There's no need to wait for any yeast to rise, and you don't need to let the loaf set up post-bake before digging in. Just let it cool enough to slice then slather with a thick pat of Irish butter. Recipe developer Jessica Morone recommends brushing the top of the raisin-y, savory loaf with butter pre-bake to help develop a crispy golden crust in the oven.

Recipe: Irish Brown Soda Bread

Reuben Egg Rolls

Fusion restaurants have been having a moment over the past few years. Maybe there's a Vietnamese-American spot in the city that you frequent on weekends. Or, maybe the Jewish-Polish deli down the street has won your heart (and your stomach). These Reuben Egg Rolls could be described as a "fusion" dish ... but it might be more accurate to lump them into the "when worlds collide" category. 

Admittedly, this one might seem like an odd pairing. But, roll your leftover corned beef, sauerkraut, and some Swiss cheese into a crunchy egg roll wrapper and get back to us on that skepticism. This reimagined Reuben egg roll makes the list for Adaptation of the Year — and, at your St. Patrick's Day party, they very well might land you the crown for Appetizer of the Year, too.

Recipe: Reuben Egg Rolls

Pistachio Pudding

Green is the new pink — at least, it is on St. Patrick's Day. By this standard, pistachio pudding is the fashion icon of the holiday dinner table. Believe it or not, the vibrant green color here doesn't come from pistachios at all. It doesn't come from artificial food coloring, either. So, what's the secret? Spinach. Fresh spinach leaves emulsify until unnoticeable, then the pudding is flavored with almond extract and maple syrup. This dessert is as colorful as it is delicious. Swap out the whole milk for coconut milk and it becomes vegan, too.

Recipe: Pistachio Pudding

Warm and Cozy Hot Toddy

After dinner and dessert, you probably don't want guests to rush off just yet. (Or, perhaps more accurately, there are a few select friends that you'd probably like to visit with for a little longer into the night.) Hot toddies are essentially hot honey tea spiked with whiskey, typically garnished with a fresh lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick. 

Wrap your hands around a steaming mug, migrate the party to the living room, and cozy up with guests to digest. Plus, lemons actually aid in digestion, which might come just in time after a massive meal of cabbage and garlic. Feel free to get creative with other garnishes, too: dried orange wheels, star anise, dried juniper berries, and thinly-sliced apples all fit nicely in a toddy.

Recipe: Warm and Cozy Hot Toddy

Welsh Rarebit

Buckle your seatbelts for this deep cut of lesser-known regional European fare. Welsh Rarebit is toast layered with hot, bubbling beer cheese and then broiled. (Step aside, Scotch eggs.) While Irish and English culinary styles are totally unique, many of their dishes do share some striking intersections (i.e. fruity tea bread, full Irish and English breakfasts, hearty stews, black and white puddings). 

This English pub snack is perfect for cold days, and even more perfect for a March holiday where one of the most popular activities is bar hopping. Serving this legendary U.K. munchie at your St. Patrick's Day party could be a utilitarian move.

Recipe: Welsh Rarebit

Homemade Pierogi

Fittingly for St. Paddy's Day, pierogis pair well with common holiday sides like sauerkraut, fingerling potatoes, and roasted root vegetables. For even more convenience, you can fill those pierogies with your leftover mashed potatoes. If you're like many modern home cooks and don't have the time to whip up a massive quantity of homemade pierogi dough, premade potsticker wrappers will work just fine. Swing by your local pan-Asian supermarket to find them.

Recipe: Homemade Pierogi

Easy Boiled Cabbage

Forewarning: Your kitchen is going to smell like boiled cabbage for a minute after making this recipe. But, it's delicious and it's St. Patrick's Day, so go for it. If nothing else, the aroma is topical. Boiled cabbage is nutrient-dense, and another good way to get a vegetable on the table this holiday. As an added bonus, it's wicked economical: All it takes is a head of cabbage, salt, pepper, and unsalted butter. 

Even if you splurge on ultra-fancy butter, and even considering how gnarly inflation is, this entire dish is still going to cost you well under $10, and it's done in under 15 minutes. If you're looking to save time and money but still show up to the party with a knockout side dish, this very well may be the recipe for you.

Recipe: Easy Boiled Cabbage

Shortcut Chicken and Dumplings

When you think of labor-intensive dinners, there's probably a good chance that chicken and dumplings is high on that list. "Homemade dumplings for forty? No problem!" said no home cook ever. But, this version is a different story. It even uses minimal dishes — all you need is one large Dutch oven (plus a knife and cutting board, if you want to get technical). Most notably, it takes less than 30 minutes and still delivers a slow-cooked flavor. How is it possible? Try it for yourself and find out.

You can get creative with the presentation here, too. Sop up the thick chicken gravy with a few of those biscuits we talked about a little bit ago. Or, skip a step and simply chop up a few potato rolls to use as the dumplings.

Recipe: Shortcut Chicken and Dumplings

St. Patrick's Day Hidden Clover Cake

Has the "luck of the Irish" kicked in yet? With this hidden clover cake recipe, we're sure feeling lucky. In this roundup, we've covered such mature desserts as boozy cookies, pistachio pudding, and scones. Get ready to liven things up with this playful vanilla pound cake. What makes it special is a green shamrock shape tucked into the center of the loaf. Make guests ooh-and-awe, and kiddos are sure to get a kick out of it. To complete the dessert (and possibly the evening), enjoy with a cup of Irish cream coffee.

Recipe: St. Patrick's Day Hidden Clover Cake

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

Traditional Irish beef stew, meet French flair. This recipe comes from Tasting Table recipe developer Molly Madigan Pisula, who took inspiration from French beef bourguignon. What makes this version stand apart from the traditional recipe is red wine and bacon. According to Pisula, adding bacon to Irish stew lends an immediate smokiness and savory dimensionality. 

For the wine, Pisula suggests a medium-bodied merlot, nothing too overpowering. Plus, this recipe is super aromatic. Impress your guests by letting it simmer right around the time folks start walking through the door. 

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

Irish Beer Bread

Minus the Guinness, this Irish beer bread is made exclusively from pantry staples. It's comforting and filling and doesn't require any plan-ahead prep work. You can even make this beer bread the day before your party and set it aside until it's time to eat. Thanks to this bread's mild flavor profile, it's something of a culinary chameleon on your St. Paddy's Day dinner table. 

Use it to sop up corned beef drippings or gravy. Use it as a vehicle for shepherd's pie, salted Irish butter, or even boiled cabbage. Slice it up all week long and make leftovers sandwiches. Or, simply enjoy it with butter and a pint.

Recipe: Irish Beer Bread

Southern Fried Cabbage

If there's ever a time when foodies go all-in on cabbage, it's St. Patrick's Day. So far, we've traversed the cabbage world and seen it boiled, sauteed, and stirred into mashed potatoes. Now, we're ready to get frying with this classic Irish veggie with Southern flair: We're talking bacon and butter. The saltiness of the bacon complements the cabbage's natural sweetness. It pairs nicely as a side dish alongside a meaty entrée, especially lighter ones like roasted chicken. This accessible dish could also be a good way to introduce picky eaters to cabbage.

Recipe: Southern Fried Cabbage

Irish Potato Cakes

Irish potato cakes (aka "boxty") are literally made with leftover mashed potatoes. When it comes to transforming leftovers, it doesn't get much easier than that. Just shape them into pancakes and fry them the same way. According to recipe developer Jaime Shelbert, these potato cakes are highly customizable and can be made sweet or savory. 

Top 'em with applesauce, sour cream, or sauerkraut. Add an egg and a thin slice of leftover corned beef for instant breakfast sandwiches. (This can be a real energy-saver the next morning if any party guests end up crashing on your couch.) Plus, this leftovers hack saves you from having to force down forkfuls of flaky, dried-out, day-old mashed potatoes.

Recipes: Irish Potato Cakes

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

The time has come to camp it up, no holds barred. Introducing: the neon shamrock green frosted cupcakes straight out of your wildest Irish dreams. These little beauties have green Funfetti frosting, sprinkles, and foil-wrapped Rolo candy "pots of gold." A box of pistachio-flavored pudding mix makes the cupcakes themselves green and ultra-moist. 

Make the kids go wild and delight their tiny hearts. Become the favorite aunt. Give them all a sugar rush and send them home with their folks. Or, go back to your apartment and enjoy the rest of the leftover cupcakes yourself; you deserve it. 

Recipe: St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

Creamy Potato Leek Soup

In many parts of the world, March is a cold, wet month. Washingtonians are shivering; New Yorkers have pneumonia. But, soup season is there, soup season understands. It doesn't take any days off — not even holidays. Enter: this creamy potato leek soup. Its flavor is mild but savory, allowing other side dishes on your holiday dinner table to shine. Best Supporting Actor is an Academy Award category for a reason.

Recipe: Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Grilled Cabbage

This grilled cabbage deviates from the "classic St. Patrick's Day" flavor-scape of largely mild comfort foods. It can be a welcome departure for more adventurous palettes. Recipe developer Sher Castellano recommends serving this grilled cabbage with chimichurri for a flavorful punch. In case you haven't tried it before, chimichurri is an acidic sauce made from parsley, vinegar, garlic, and olive oil. 

Grilling as a technique prevents tender cabbage from becoming inedibly gummy, which can happen during boiling. The simple preparation also showcases cabbage's freshness as a produce item that stays more or less consistent year-round while other vegetables come in and out of season. Plus, as with any holiday party, stepping outside to grill can be a lifesaving technique for catching a solo moment when you have a full house of people.

Recipe: Grilled Cabbage

Buttermilk Blackberry Scones

These buttermilk blackberry scones are perfect for dessert or for breakfast the morning after your St. Paddy's Day celebration. A tart lemon glaze juxtaposes the sweet, deep blackberries. These babies are crying out to be warmed and served with salted Irish butter, lemon curd, or blackberry jam. 

According to recipe developer Jessica Morone, they'll keep in the fridge for up to a week. Serve with Irish cream coffee or Irish breakfast tea, and enjoy on the front porch to take in the cold air. (Major main character moment.)

Recipe: Buttermilk Blackberry Scones

Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

This recipe is super easy and hands-off but does require a bit of time. According to recipe developer Miriam Hahn, Instant Pots take around 14 minutes to be warmed through and ready to use. But, you can do all your prep work while the appliance is heating up, and you only have to be present for the 10 minutes it takes to chop the potatoes and peel them. No stirring, no monitoring, and no risk of a pot boiling over. You can (and maybe should) physically walk away and mingle with your guests and friends while those potatoes get tender.

The secret ingredient here? Mayonnaise and sour cream. The sour cream adds a zing and combined, the ingredients create major moisture and a creamy texture. 

Recipe: Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Irish Cream Chocolate Fondue

Fondue can be perfect for more casual St. Patrick's Day parties where you might be skipping out on a full traditional spread and a sit-down dinner. If your holiday is going to look more like a table of appetizers and a few racks of Guinness, this recipe is a great way to keep the vibe fun, playful, and standing. You don't have to sit to pop skewers of chocolate-covered treats into your mouth. For festive flair, this version is infused with Irish cream. Take it a step further and opt for Irish chocolate like Cadbury or The Proper Chocolate Company.

Recipe: Irish Cream Chocolate Fondue

Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks

When you think about a fix-it and forget-it meal, there's probably a pretty low chance that you're thinking about lamb. But, believe it or not, this impressive entrée is deceptively easy to prepare. These slow-braised lamb shanks are a one-pot meal that you can assemble and leave alone to cook. Cooked in a red wine sauce with rosemary, carrots, and onions, it's a sophisticated and hearty dish with a very special-occasion feel. 

Granted, in total the shanks take roughly three and a half hours to complete. But, only 25 minutes of this is hands-on work; the rest is magical, transformative, slow-braising cook time. We think you'll find that the extra patience is a small price for the payoff.

Recipe: Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks

Pistachio-Amaretto Jell-O Shots

This might be objectively the most fun recipe in our St. Paddy's Day roundup. These Pistachio-Amaretto Jell-O shots artfully toe the line between sophisticated and playful. The boxed pudding mix lends a thick creamy texture to the shot. It's almost more of a mini dessert shooter (think crème brûlée sample). 

Pistachio and almondy amaretto make a sweet-nutty pairing, garnished with texturally compelling crushed pistachios and sporting a friendly bright green color. Not to mention, if you show up to the St. Patrick's Day party carrying a tray of Jell-O shots, you're sure to be the talk of the room for at least the next few minutes (if not all night).

Recipe: Pistachio-Amaretto Jell-O Shots

Corned Beef

Arguably, the star of the modern St. Patrick's Day celebration isn't even St. Patrick himself — it's corned beef. The dish is the focal point of the holiday dinner table. This recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen pulls out all the stops, starting with a six-day brine in whole allspice and juniper berries, curing salt, brown sugar, and more. Every two days when you revisit that corned beef to stir the brine, you'll be reminded of the party to come and get excited all over again. 

When St. Paddy's Day finally arrives, that corned beef gets cooked for three whole hours until it's fall-apart tender. Serve with grilled cabbage, mashed potatoes, generously-buttered rolls, and a pint of Guinness (or three).

Recipe: Corned Beef

Creamy Garlic Mussels

Seafood is probably one of the last things on your mind as you assemble your St. Patrick's Day grocery list. But, if you're not thinking "mussels" as you don your monochromatic green outfit and develop a sudden annual affinity for Celtic flute music, then maybe it's time to think again. These creamy garlic mussels can be a knockout appetizer or cocktail snack at your holiday party. They'd even pair well with garlic mashed potatoes or a fresh green salad. Plus, there's just something fancy about serving mussels at a party. (Hello, cool host bonus points.)

Recipe: Creamy Garlic Mussels

Beef Irish Stew

Unlike regular beef stew, the Irish iteration is traditionally made with mutton, lamb, or goat — none of which are probably available in your local supermarket's deli aisle. What brings this beef Irish stew to the next level is a cup of Guinness, which tenderizes the meat and imparts an almost caramelized-like flavor. Fair warning: This slow-cooking stew demands a fairly hands-on preparation with a lengthy cook time to boot, so if you're planning on making it, be sure to set aside enough time to not have to rush before guests arrive.

Recipe: Beef Irish Stew

Crisp and Gingery Green Juice

Green juice has endured in the rapidly-changing world of health food trends for a reason. Even Martha Stewart swears by it. To put it together, simply cram all the ingredients in a blender and press "go." In addition to a festive hue, green juice is packed with antioxidants, making it ideal for cleansing the body in preparation for a huge spread later in the evening. (Or for detoxing the morning after a very successful St. Patrick's Day celebration.) "The Black Stuff" (aka Guinness) is delicious and fun, but in the morning, it's the green stuff you'll want to reach for.

Recipe: Crisp and Gingery Green Juice

Guinness Cake with Irish Cream and Whiskey

This not-too-sweet dessert shares the same ingredients lineup as an Irish Car Bomb shot: Guinness, Irish whiskey, and Irish cream liqueur. These mini cakes are flavored by the coffee-chocolate taste of Guinness, so you can quite literally have your cake and eat it too. As a fun surprise for guests, the treats burst like a lava cake with molten boozy chocolate filling, so be sure to serve them warm. Then, add a scoop of ice cream, if you're feeling crazy.

Recipe: Guinness Cake with Irish Cream and Whiskey

The Best Parsley Potatoes

It's no secret that potatoes are inherently Irish. In this roundup, we've seen mashed potatoes and crispy fried potatoes turned into nacho chips. Now, we're talking about another more traditional preparation. This side dish is easy to transport (just toss it in a covered dish and you're on your way) which makes it a good fit for visiting other peoples' house parties. 

It's a super low-cost offering too; aside from butter and garlic, all you'll need are potatoes and fresh parsley. If you'd rather spend your allotted holiday dough on a pint or two down the street, this recipe is a good way to save a little money and still create a dish that will impress. Plus, sprigs of fresh parsley add a pop of festive green to the St. Paddy's Day dinner table. 

Recipe: The Best Parsley Potatoes

Roasted Cabbage Wedges

"But isn't cabbage a little boring?" the critics ask. Alas, we pity foodies with questions like this — they've never tried these Roasted Cabbage Wedges before. To do it, a head of cabbage is sliced into thick wedge shapes and roasted on a baking sheet in the oven, which brings out the veggie's natural sweetness. 

Then, those wedges are hit with a lemon-garlic sauce with a slightly spicy red pepper flake kick. Finally, the leaves are stuffed with feta cheese crumbles. With this recipe, cabbage is anything but boring, and making it this St. Patrick's Day can be a great way to get picky eaters to try the vegetable. Recipe developer Hayley MacLean recommends serving it with an au gratin dish or rice pilaf.

Recipe: Roasted Cabbage Wedges

Grasshopper Cocktail

Chocolate-mint fans, rise up. Your domain may be tragically limited to York peppermint patties and mint chocolate chip ice cream during the rest of the year, but on St. Patrick's Day (or any day you decide to flex your mixology hand, actually), the Grasshopper Cocktail is here to satisfy your craving and stroke your sweet tooth. Some cocktail elitists might gatekeep the mixology world by toting their beloved dirty gin martinis as the end-all-be-all of cocktail-dom. But, to sippers like these, we offer a pair of glasses — clearly, they lack vision. 

Cocktails can be sweet, creamy, and (above all) fun, and the Grasshopper Cocktail is a prime example of the sentiment. It's a simple combination of crème de cacao, heavy cream, and green crème de menthe, from which the drink gets its signature bright green hue. Grasshoppers are essentially adult shamrock shakes served in a martini glass, and we're here for it.

Recipe: Grasshopper Cocktail