Four Savory Recipes for a St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Celebrate March 17 with true Irish dishes, including boxty, colcannon and spotted dog.

| March 3, 2008

Spotted Dog Quick Bread

Spotted Dog is an easy and delicious Irish quick bread.


The Irish feast day celebrating St. Patrick enjoys tremendous popularity in the United States. And even though the U.S. holiday offers a few American twists — such as green beer — it’s still a great, celebratory feast day; and you can’t very well have a feast without great food. So, somewhere between searching for that green sweater and hunting for four-leaf clovers, try these hearty recipes for a delicious St. Patrick’s day treat.

Boxty Irish Potato Pancakes (from

1 cup mashed potatoes
1 cup  raw potatoes, grated
2 cups self-rising flour
1 to 1 1/2 cups milk or buttermilk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup butter
Sour cream (optional)

Mix the mashed and grated raw potatoes in a large bowl. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients and 1 cup of the milk. As the batter is mixed, add small amounts of additional milk or buttermilk until the batter is loose enough to work with.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over gentle heat. When the butter is melted, ladle small pancakes into the pan. Brown on both sides and serve hot with more butter and/or sour cream.

Colcannon (from the  Food Network )
A simple dish of creamy potatoes and cabbage

3 pounds potatoes, scrubbed
2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups hot milk
1 head cabbage, cored and finely shredded
1 pound ham, cooked the day before
4 scallions, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped parsley leaves

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