St. Patrick’s Day recipes are always fun because they are more than just a color or a theme. They are tied to tradition, folklore, and so much fun that my Irish roots simply demand I honor. Celebrated on March 17, it is actually the religious holiday that Catholics honor St. Patrick. Growing up Catholic, the day was marked by attending mass and even though it was Lent, we were able to eat the traditional meal corned beef and cabbage.
However the history of Leprechauns isn’t tied to the Catholic saint in any way. Actually, they are a troublemaking, mischievous fairy native to Ireland. Legend has it that if you happen to catch a small and oh so clever Leprechaun, not only will your wishes be granted but you’ll also receive a pot of gold. Its easy to see why so many people have adopted this festive side of what started as a day to honor St. Patrick himself. While I do not practice the Catholic faith, we have had years of making Leprechaun traps and the delight of finding gold coins left after he has come and gone, leaving all kinds of mischief in his path. I love our elementary teachers who have mysteriously found their classrooms askew either on St. Patrick’s Day or the day after as it will likely be this year. As my children grow I find our holiday celebrations have grown to include traditional foods that mark the occasion. Fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes are aplenty and thanks to the always creative team at Disney’s Spoonful.com, here are a few that that you can totally make today and enjoy all week long.
Cranberry Soda Bread
I have such fond memories of my Mom’s Irish Soda Bread and my own family loves a good breakfast bread any day of the week. However they aren’t fans of raisins so this is a great option. Served with fresh Honeydew melon and vanilla yogurt, this Cranberry Soda Bread is a delicious way to start any day.
Pot Of Gold Soup
For those years when your family is home during the day, nothing like a hot bowl of soup on what can often be a cold late winter day. My family loves soup and this sweet and salty Pot of Gold Butternut Soup recipe has family favorite written all over it. Served with a fresh green salad this makes for a very hearty, healthy lunch.
Sweet Shamrock Pretzels
How fun are these? For the token shamrock shaped and green colored food item, these Sweet Shamrock Pretzels are incredibly easy thanks to a can of refrigerated bread stick dough, colored sugar, and cinnamon ~ YUM! Also perfect for a school snack if needed.
Shortbread, toffee, and chocolate are a popular Irish dessert combination. This easy Toffee Shortbread recipe for kids to join you as you bake making the tradition just that much more fun!
So that’s my round up of St. Patrick’s Day Recipes you can make with ease. I’m excited to try them all and so hope these recipe ideas from Spoonful.com strike your fancy and I’d love to know….
What St. Patrick’s Day Recipes are your family favorites?
We’ve got a great St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest Board full of fun ideas from around the web so stop by and take a peek. Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Spoonful.com does a great job providing creative crafts and delicious recipes and thanks to their very wonderful outreach team, granted me permission to share them with you here.