You are here: Home » Dinner » St. Patrick’s Day Dinner St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dinner,Holidays,Recipes,Special Occasions,St. Patrick's Day http://relish.com/articles/st-patricks-day-dinner/ March 19, 2006 Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a proper Irish feast. Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2006/03/st-patricks-day-dinner-relish.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint How, in the name of all things authentic and Irish, did the green in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations become green food coloring? The green of the Emerald Isle is not from a bottle, but from the shade of verdant grass covering this ancient, sea-surrounded hilly land. Sample a bite of Irish cheese, and you can almost taste the particular character of the soil and grass. A distinct underlying sweetness makes Irish dairy products like no other. It’s present in several wondrous cheeses from Ireland, all or most of which are available in the cheese sections of most large supermarkets. Try Kerrygold’s Dubliner or aged Cheddar, Cashel blue, smoked Gubbeen and even Irish brie. As for green beer . . . please. If you’re talking authentic and Irish, think ale and think red. Medium-bodied, malty, a bit fruity and a distinct golden-red, it’s a perfect St. Patrick’s Day choice for drinking and for cooking with. Look for Harpoon Hibernian Irish Style Red Ale (harpoonbrewery.com), brewed in Boston and widely available. Of course everyone rightly associates potatoes, native to the Americas, with Ireland. Indeed, praties (Celtic for potatoes) became a staple as soon as they were introduced in Ireland and remain so to this day. Here’s a thought. This year, pass on the green beer and the tried-and-true but ho-hum corned-beef-and-cabbage. Instead, serve up something different—such as a glorious soup, thick and creamy, combining Irish cheeses, ale and potatoes or a savory salad toss with corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. What better tribute could there be to the Irish, one of America’s first great immigrant waves, than a true melting pot of dishes? By Crescent Dragonwagon, a food writer in Saxton’s River, Vt. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Irish Potato Soup with Cheese and Red Ale Serve this hearty soup with a spinach salad and crispy baguette. Corned Beef and Cabbage Salad A St. Patrick's Day favorite is turned into a fun salad. Spotted Dog (Irish Fruit Soda Bread) Studded with dried fruit, this Irish bread is great toasted with butter. Guinness Stout Chocolate Layer Cake Guinness stout is so rich in vitamins and minerals it is given to nursing moms in Ireland—or so the rumor goes. The drizzle for this ridiculously delicious deep chocolate cake employs the toastiness and the heady, spicy aromatics of the beverage to very good use.