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Who came up with Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day was introduced by the church in the early 17th century. Saint Patrick’s Day falls on March 17 every year that honors Saint Patrick who died on this date in 461.

It is a cultural and religious celebration of Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Ireland since the 1700s. Saint Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Saint Patty’s day often includes parades throughout different cities in America, especially New York City where the biggest parade takes place every year. The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City is one of the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parades in the world.

There are so many different traditions when it comes to Saint Patrick’s day food.

The Best Saint Patrick’s Day Food To Make

If you are looking for Saint Patrick’s Day recipes, look no further! We have compiled our favorite Saint Patricks Day food recipes that we think will help you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with delicious meals that everyone will love!

If you want to dye your Saint Patrick’s food green there are many ways you can do so. You can use spinach, food coloring, and more.


Start your morning off right with Hash Brown and Cheddar Cheese Potato Pancakes. This hash brown and cheddar cheese potato pancake recipe are very simple to make and only takes about 25 minutes from start to finish.

These pancakes are perfect for breakfast or brunch and are deliciously served alongside eggs, bacon, sausages, or ham. Saint Patrick’s Day recipes don’t get much easier than this!

Hash Brown and Cheddar Cheese Potato Pancakes


  • 3 cups chilled leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped scallions, green and white parts
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil, for pan-frying
  • Sour cream, for serving


  • In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, cheese, scallions, egg, and 3 tablespoons flour until combined. (See Kelly’s Notes.) Using your hands, divide the mixture into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a compact ball then flatten it into a pancake about a 1/2-inch-thick.
  • Place the remaining ½ cup of flour in a shallow dish and carefully dredge each pancake in the flour.
  • Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. (Add enough oil to thoroughly coat the bottom of the pan.)
  • Fry the pancakes, in batches, until they’re golden brown and crispy on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Add more oil to the pan as needed between batches. (Do not overcrowd the pan and do not flip the pancakes too soon or they won’t develop a crisp crust.) Transfer the pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle them with salt.
  • Serve the potato pancakes topped with sour cream and garnished with additional chopped scallions.

Looking for more? Get in the spirit with green bagels!

Green Bagels


  • 3.5 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 pkg Instant Dry Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 Cup Water
  • 20 Drops Green Food Coloring (give or take)


  • Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor or mixer with a bread hook.
  • Add water gradually until the dough forms a ball. For uniform color, add green coloring to the water before mixing.
  • If using gel coloring, add to the dough after water for a marbled look.
  • Place the ball in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise for about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Boil water with about 1.5 Tbsp sugar
  • When the dough is ready, press onto a floured surface and divide into 8 sections
  • Roll each piece and loop it around your hand, sticking ends together
  • Add bagels 2-3 at a time to boiling sugar water for 30 seconds on each side
  • Remove and add toppings if desired (dip in egg then toppings)
  • Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  • Bake for about 10 minutes on each side or until done and enjoy!


If you are looking for Saint Patrick’s Day cookie recipes, look no further! These green cookies make for the perfect Saint Patrick’s day food to celebrate with your friends and family.

This recipe makes about 12 cookies which means they can easily be made in advance if you are hosting a Saint Patrick’s day party!

Green Sugar Cookies


  • 1 1/4 cup sugar + 1/2 cup for rolling
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Green Gel Food Coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Start by creaming together the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl
  • Add in the egg yolks one at a time and beat into the mixture before adding the next one
  • Mix in the vanilla and salt
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and then slowly incorporate into your sugar batter .. this takes time, it will seem very dry at first but will come together nicely
  • Add in the Green Gel Food Coloring and stir to combine
  • Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
  • Pour remaining 1/2 cup sugar into a separate bowl and roll your sugar cookies in the sugar to coat
  • Spoon into 1.5 inch balls and place them on your cookie sheet – do no flatten!
  • Bake for 12 – 13 minutes and remove.. let sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving the cookies to a wire rack
  • Let cool and enjoy!!

Another snack Idea is Shamrock Pretzel Sticks! Who doesn’t love some good old pretzels? We sure do!

Shamrock Pretzel Sticks


  • 1 bag light green candy melts 12 oz
  • 1 bag bright green candy melts 12 oz
  • 45 mini pretzel twists
  • 15 small pretzels sticks
  • Green and white sprinkles


  • Lay out a piece of parchment paper.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup light green and 1/2 cup bright green candy melts and heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  • Dip one pretzel twist in your chocolate at a time and lay three in a group with the bottoms touching each other in the shape of a shamrock.
  • Dip 3/4 of a pretzel stick into the melted chocolate and carefully press in between the three pretzels.
  • Top with sprinkles and leave them to sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature.


Time for some lunch! Keep fueling through your Saint Patrick’s Day and get into the spirit with some beer-battered fish! This recipe will serve both you and your friends or family. Feel free to substitute the beer with your personal favorite!

Beer-battered Fish

  • 2 lbs. white fishlike cod or tilapia
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 large egglightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups beer
  • Canola oil for frying


  • Add oil to a large, heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer till it’s about 2 to 3  inches deep. Heat oil to 375 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile, cut fish into stick shapes, about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long. Pat dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
  • To make the beer batter, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, paprika and seasoned salt. Stir in the lightly beaten egg, then gradually whisk in the beer until the batter forms and is no longer lumpy.
  • Quickly dip the fish one piece at a time into the batter, then place in the hot oil. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the fish is a nice golden brown. Drain on a wire rack and enjoy while hot!


In Irish tradition, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated with drinking and good food. To end off this special day, we are going to top it off with even more beer in this Guinness pot pie recipe!

Beer-battered Fish Guinness Pot Pie & Beer-battered Biscuit


  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 8 ounces Guinness beer
  • 12 to 16 ounces beef stock or broth

Biscuit Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces of your favorite beer
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Make sure the beef is cut into small chunks – around 1 inch in size, so the beef can cook through in the oven. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the flour and toss well to evenly cover the beef.
  • Heat a 5-quart enamel skillet/pot (or a large cast-iron) over medium-high heat. Add the oil and once it’s shimmering, add the beef in a single layer. You might have to do 1 to 2 batches. Sear the beef on both sides until it is golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the beef with a slotted spoon and set it aside on a plate.
  • Keep the heat until the skillet is on medium-low. Add in the butter. Once melted, stir in the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the thyme. Cook until softened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to stir the vegetables and help scrape any brown bits of flavor from the bottom of the pot.
  • Stir in the mushrooms. Let them cook for about 5 minutes until they soften. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • With the heat on medium, stir in the Guinness and scrape the bottom of the pan again. Add the beef back to the skillet along with the beef stock. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn off the heat. Stir in peas.
  • Spoon the beer bread batter (directions below) on top of the pot pie in ½ cup biscuit-like drops. Drizzle the melted butter over top of the batter.
  • Bake the pot pie for 65 to 75 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and set on the bottom. Be sure to gently check under the biscuits and see if the dough is cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and let the pot pie cool slightly before serving.

Biscuit Directions:

  • Sift together the all-purpose and whole wheat flours into a large bowl. Stir in the baking powder and the salt.
  • Pour in the beer and stir until a batter forms. It will be thick and bubbly. Let sit for about 5 minutes before spooning on top of the pot pie.

As you can see there are many different ways and recipes to help you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this year. Saint Patrick’s day is a great holiday for everyone who loves good food, Saint Patrick himself, or just wants to have a good time with friends!

Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and now Saint Patricks Day brings Saint Patrick together with brings festivities that are fun for all people attending!

Even if you do not want to dress up in green clothes you can always eat Saint Patrick’s recipes around the table with your family making memories together.

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