Stew and Scones: a St. Patrick’s Day recipe round-up

During my culinary school days, I shared a loft with a girl who was half Irish.

We sipped our first Guinness together, staked out for the front row at a U2 concert, and dyed our hair green on St. Patrick’s Day. We’d show up to the Montreal parade so decked out in shamrocks and flags, it’s no surprise we landed ourselves on the front page of the local paper one year.

As enthusiastic as I was about being Irish for one day, I never delved into cooking a feast inspired by the Emerald Isle. I know Irish cuisine is spectacular (I’m admittedly addicted to the food blog, Farmette), and so this post is an attempt to showcase a handful of recipes suitable for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Cheese Toastie - 3

Butter. Cheese. Hearty bread. These Baked Cheese Toasties are the true definition of Celtic cuisine, as far as I’m concerned. My former contributor, Jan, served these up last year and I can’t imagine how I’ve gotten by in life for so long without them.

Baked Cheese Toasties are dead simple to make and the children can absolutely help prepare them. Serve the toasties with this quick Potato-Leek Soup with Bacon – also rather Irish.


If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, definitely put this Guinness Beef Stew to simmer. It’s hearty and rich with flavour thanks to a traditional Irish stout. I haven’t made a beef stew all winter (they’ve all been  vegan for some reason) and I’m craving this very thing.

Cheesy Irish Soda Scones

Cheesy Irish Soda Scones seem like the only logical pairing for a beef stew.  Their ingredient list is short and the baking time is quick, so if you didn’t get a chance to bake Irish soda bread, these scones are your best bet.

Alternatively, pair them with one of these mains…

St. Patrick's Day dinner ides

Here we have an Apple Cider Braised Brisket and a Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with a Sweet Potato Mash on top.

These Beet Braised Lentils would be exceptional as well. Is it a stretch to call them Irish? Perhaps.

St. Patrick's Day Oatmeal recipes

Lastly, when I think of Irish cuisine, I always think of oatmeal. On that thought, here is a Oatmeal Applesauce Bread that would be most excellent with the braises and stews we’ve been talking about, or even made into the Cheese Toasties.

For breakfast, I would have to suggest Fluffy Banana Oat Pancakes. They are full of whole grains, sweetened with banana and lightened with yogourt.

And for dessert, you may want to finish with an Oatmeal Pumpkin Bundt Cake. You could even add a little Irish whisky or Irish cream in the glaze. Bonus points for homemade Irish cream.

Do you have a favourite St. Patrick’s Day dish?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I usually make Jamie Oliver’s Guiness stew, along with soda biscuits and Dubliner cheese.
    Last year I made this cake: – cake mix and all….. I love to bake but i have limits on a school night 😉
    Before I think about St Paddy’s, though, I need to get organized for Pi Day!!

  2. We will be celebrating St. Pat’s with Nigerian food – since he’s their patron saint too and my guy will be very happy to come home to some jollof rice. But we’re going to try the Guiness stew later in the week too – looks delicious.

  3. I’ve never celebrated St. Patricks Day much, but Guiness beef stew and cheesy bread sounds perfect. And my husband is certainly to be in favor of bringing home Irish beer. It’s a win-win. Thanks for putting together such a great round-up!

  4. We love St. Patties Day… everything looks delish 🙂

  5. This time of year screams for corned beef and cabbage. I have never tried making it from scratch, I don’t think it’s actually that difficult. One of these days I will give it a try. Locally source commercial corned beef is rather spotty, I prefer picking some up in the States. With leftover cabbage I like making Bubble and Squeak.

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