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A Menu of Authentic Irish Classics

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Traditional Irish dishes like corned beef and colcannon make this the perfect meal for St. Patrick's Day.

If you’re looking for a mix of traditional Irish flavors to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck. This menu features a classic corned beef rounded out by a radish salad and colcannon, the most celebrated of Irish potato dishes. Finish the meal off with a rich chocolate stout cake, preferably made with Guinness.

Menu Timeline

Up to 2 weeks in advance

  • Cure the beef (if a whole top round roast)

Up to one week in advance

  • Make the cake and wrap tightly in plastic wrap while still barely warm (without the glaze)

Four days in advance

  • Cure the beef (if brisket)

Two hours ahead

  • Remove the beef from the brine and simmer with the onions, carrots, celery, peppercorns, bay leaves, and parsely stems

One hour to 45 minutes before the meal

  • Begin making the colcannon
  • Prepare the vegetables for the salad

Just Before Dinner

  • Toss and season the salad
  • Drain and slice the corned beef

Just before dessert

  • Glaze the cake (if using glaze)

Shopping List

Fresh Produce

  • 2 to 2-1/2 lb. russet or other floury potatoes (5 or 6)
  • 1 head of kale or other cooking greens
  • 10 medium or 12 small red radishes
  • 4 large ribs celery
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 large carrots
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon

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