Ah, yes. It’s St. Patrick’s Day again! A great day to dress up and have a good time for everyone—Irish, or not. In my family, wearing green, having a party, and eating corned beef is a given, but some might need a little more guidance. Luckily, (get it?) for those of you who are new to doing this holiday the right way, here are some classic Irish dishes with Irish drink pairings to get you through the “top o’ the mornin'” till night.
1. Soda Bread with Irish Whiskey
Start your feast with a classic Irish appetizer: soda bread. Ring in St. Patty’s Day by slicing your soda bread, schmearing it will butter, and pouring yourself a taste of your favorite whiskey. Jameson, anyone?
2. Reuben with Guinness
Toasty rye bread, thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and corned beef? Yes, please! Wash down the greasy goodness of a Ruben with a dark, frothy Guinness. After all, you can’t go wrong with this traditional pairing. Have your Guinness poured the right way, which should take a whopping two minutes! Tilt your glass at 45 degrees, when your glass is about three quarters full stop pouring, allow the beer to settle, and pour the rest of your Guinness straight down. Cheers!
3. Fish and Chips with Smithwick’s Pale Ale
Fried food and beer is a staple in any country’s cuisine. The Irish version? Crispy, crunchy, delicious fish and chips (you know, fries) and an ice cold Smithwick’s Pale Ale. Smithwick’s Pale Ale is brewed by Guinness, so if you’re a fan of English-style Pale Ale, you won’t be sorry!
4. Bread Pudding with Irish Coffee
“Happy St. Patrick’s Day!