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

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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