When most people think of St. Patrick’s Day, they might recall the best party they ever attended, a visit to Savannah, home of the 3rd largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the country like I have, or perhaps a memorable meal at an Irish pub near home.
This year, if you’re lucky enough to wake up in Belfast, Dublin, Cork, or the surrounding Irish countryside on March 17, you’ll be treated to the Full Irish Bumper, a breakfast of eggs, sausage, beans, fried bread, a rasher of bacon, potatoes & soda or brown bread. Later in the day you might feast on bacon and cabbage, The Waterford blaa, colcannon or boxty, traditional Irish potato pancakes.
If you’re staying at home this St. Patrick’s Day, Gersky’s can help you make new memories as you host a fun, festive & food-forward St. Patrick’s Day celebration for friends & family featuring one fun and three traditional Irish recipes, along with green beer of course.
Gersky’s is here to help you plan and throw the perfect party by providing the food, beverages, tableware, decorations, and/or servers, but if you’re in the mood to prepare a few recipes yourself, try some of our favorites:
Colcannon – Traditional Irish Mashed Potatoes
This simple yet traditional dish starts with our Gersky’s mashed potato recipe. While the potatoes are boiling, saute onions in butter then add chopped up cabbage or kale – your choice. After you have prepared the mashed potatoes, mix in the greens and enjoy!
Marbled Green Goat Cheese Brownies
One fun & delicious way to enjoy the “sharing of the green” with your friends & family on St. Patrick’s day is with our Marbled Goat Cheese Brownies – just add a few drops of green food coloring (Midori or Creme de Menthe if you’d like them to pack a punch too) to the goat cheese filling and you’ll have a treat that’s sure to please. Click on the image and you’ll find the recipe on our website.
Quick Irish Brown Bread – no rising needed!
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Heat the oven to 375 and butter a 8″ by 5″ loaf pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, beat the buttermilk with the egg then stir into the dry ingredients until a rough dough forms. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface & knead until smooth. Form the dough into a loaf and put it in the pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until the bread rises about 1/2 inch above the rim of the pan. Remove the bread from the pan (the loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom – that’s how you know it’s done). Let cool, slice and serve with sweet Irish butter.
Turn our best beef stew recipe into tempting Irish stew for your St. Patrick’s Day feast by substituting lamb chunks for the beef and 1 cup of Guinness Stout for 1 cup of the water. If you don’t care for parsnips, you can substitute carrots or use a combination of both. Click on the image and you’ll find the recipe on our website.
And don’t forget the decorations including a green table cloth, some shamrocks, party hats and a luscious green cocktail for your guests!