March 16, 2017

It’s your lucky day! We have gathered some of the best Irish food and drink recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. Your guests will be coming back for seconds after they taste these easy and fun dishes!

St. Patrick's Day Food Recipes

Donna-Marie Pye, owner of Relish Cooking Studio, helped give us a little taste of the Irish cuisine. She was kind enough to share an Irish recipe of a pub classic, Steak and Ale Pie. This recipe is from David Ort, author of The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook. When he recently stopped by Relish Cooking Studio to teach a cooking class, this recipe was a fan favorite. Enjoy!

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14–16 good-quality store-bought pickled onions
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 lb stewing beef, cubed and dusted with flour
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups  English brown ale
2 cups beef broth
3–4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
12–14 cremini mushrooms, wiped with a damp paper towel & halved
½ cup   frozen green peas
1   large carrot, peeled, cut in small dice
freshly ground black pepper
kosher salt to taste
Biscuit Topping:
½ cup milk
1 tsp lemon juice
8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp  kosher salt
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 
½ cup English brown ale, cold


  1. Filling: Soak the pickled onions in ice water for between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on how wary you are of a slight vinegar edge to certain bites.
  2. Heat your oven to 300°F (150°C); set a rack in the second-lowest position. Over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of the butter in an enamelled Dutch oven. Divide the beef into at least two batches and put the first batch into the pan once the butter stops foaming. Cook the beef until deep brown and caramelized, approximately 6 to 8 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove to a bowl and repeat with the second batch.
  3. Drain the onions and add to the fat in the Dutch oven along with the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions have started to brown and the bacon has rendered some of its fat, about 7 minutes. Remove the onions and bacon from the pan and pour the beer in to deglaze the pan. Scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan with a straight-edged wooden spoon. Add the browned beef, and the browned onions and cooked bacon, back to the Dutch oven. Add the broth, sprigs of thyme and bay leaf. Cover the Dutch oven and move it to the heated oven.
  4. Cook with the lid on for 2 hours. Remove the lid from the Dutch oven and cook, uncovered, for another hour.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the remaining tablespoon (15 mL) of butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When the butter has just started to darken, add the mushrooms and toss to coat. Sauté until they have shrunk noticeably and turned dark golden brown. Set aside.
  6. Biscuit topping:To prepare the biscuit topping, in a medium bowl, whisk the milk and lemon juice together and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes so that the milk clabbers. Melt the butter and let cool slightly. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cheese. Add the melted butter and the beer to the clabbered milk, and stir. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and use a wide spatula to fold them together until just combined.
  7. At the end of the hour of uncovered cooking, remove the thyme and bay leaf from the Dutch oven. Increase the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C). Add a few grinds of black pepper and taste the sauce for seasoning. If necessary, add a large pinch of kosher salt. Stir the frozen peas, diced carrots and sautéed mushrooms in with the meat. Use a 1/4-cup (60 mL) disher or ice cream scoop to drop dollops of the biscuit batter on top. Leave some space between the biscuits for steam to escape. Return the pot to the oven and cook for 45 more minutes. Let the pie stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Note: If you don’t make your own pickled onions, good-quality cocktail onions will do fine, but pickledcippolini are even better.

St. Patrick's Day Drink Recipes

Raising your glass on St. Patrick's day has become a tradition for most of us regardless if you are Irish or not. Instead of grabbing a green beer this St. Patrick’s Day, try one of Delish’s 18 Festive Cocktail Drinks! These cocktail drinks are a perfect alternative if you are not a beer drinker like myself. Here are three of my favorites from the list:

Irish Cream Hot Chocolate

Shamrock Sour

Lucky Charm Shots



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