Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
Join the Gainer clan as we show you how we are Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year.
In the past years I have shared a few fun ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, with green drink concoctions like my Lucky Leprechaun, link here, or my delicious Pot O’Gold Caramel Cupcakes, link here. This year I decided it would be fun to show you the full standard Irish feast which is similar to Sunday Roast. We had a Corned Beef Brisket, Roasted Rosmary Potatoes, and White Cheddar Spinach Mac & Cheese.
The term Sunday Roast is most commonly associated with Sunday dinners in the UK, but it is also an Irish term as well. The northern Irish Sunday Roast, is normally comprised of roasted pork, ham, beef or chicken, and sides of potatoes that can be mashed or roasted. You will also usually see carrots and a green vegetable like beans, Brussels sprouts or peas.
The leftover food from the Sunday Roast was traditionally used to form the base of meals served throughout the week. For example, a roast beef may be chopped up with leftover carrots along with some additional onion and used in the filling for Shepards Pie and topped with leftover mashed potatoes. Here is my Irish Roasted Potato Recipe along with my Shepards Pie for your Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration.
Irish Rosemary Potatoes in Air Fryer
- 1 lb Potatoes Russet, Yukon, Reds- cleaned, peeled, and diced
- 1 can Spray Olive Oil
- 4 sprigs Rosemary Fresh stem removed, & finely diced
- 1/2 tsp 5 Peppercorn Blend ground
- 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt Preferred Penzeys- which already contains onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and cheyenne mixed in, if your seasoned salt does not have these spice you can add a dash if you like.
Wash and clean your potatoes, remove peel and dice. You can also cut into strips if your prefer fries, just add 2 minutes to the cooking time.
Place potatoes in bowl and coat liberally with the olive oil spray so that seasoning will stick. I find that 3-4 sprays are about right.
Remove rosemary from stems and rough dice the herbs.
Add all spices and rosemary to potatoes and toss.
LIghtly coat Air Fryer with Olive OIl Spray and add potatoes.
Bake at 390 degrees for 18 minutes. Make sure to open and toss the potatoes regularly to prevent burning or over browning. This will also give you a nice even crisp to your potatoes. I tried to 3-4 time at intervals of 5-6 minutes apart.
Irishman Shepherd's Pie With Guinness
- 3 cups mashed potatoes (pre-made)
- 1 pie crust
- 1 lb Eye of Round
- 1 onion medium
- 10 oz carrots sliced
- 2 Tbls garlic
- 8 oz portabello mushrooms sliced
- 4 oz Guinness Beer
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (Wild Mushroom & Sage recommended)
- 1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
- 1 envelope McCormick Beef Gravy mix
- 1 Tbsp Poultry Seasoning
Be sure to blind bake your pie crust and pre-make your mashed potatoes so you are ready to go.
Saute onion and garlic in the wild mushroom; cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
Cook beef, until no longer pink and you get a nice brown crust, 4 to 5 minutes
Add carrots and mushrooms, beer and soup packet, stir until combined, bring to a boil. Cook until vegetables are fork tender approx. 10 minutes
Add gravy mix bring to a boil, then reduce heat mixture should thicken.
Spoon beef mixture into pie shell
Add potatoes using an ice cream scoop to get even coverage
Spread evenly over beef; using a spatula, you can decorate potatoes with lines or peaks.
I top my potatoes with a poultry season blend to add a herbed look to the top and extra flavor.
Bake until potatoes are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve with a pie server in wedges, or just scoop out casserole style.
So, I do want to talk a little bit more about the table decor and how I pulled everything together for all my decor buffs out there. As you can see I keep with the basic green theme which can be seen in the celtic style of plates, and two variations of green tartan plaid napkins. I also think of heavy wool sweaters when I think of Ireland so I went with the charcoal grey placemats which is a nice contrast. Then I decided to give a nod toward the idea of gold coins without overtly doing gold coins.
Honestly doing the gold coins just seemed a little too obvious to me, and maybe a little kidsy. Since Saint Patrick Day tends to be geared a bit more toward adults, I decided to use my existing gold chargers and goldware, which have really gotten a workout this season, since goldware has made such a come back. I mean who knew? I would call out the vendor on it if I could, but this was actually a wedding gift and is 23 years old at this point, so it is the original goldware from the first time around, sorry guys.
However, if you are loving the goldware there are plenty of great ones out there, just keep in mind that if you buy the real stuff it is hand wash only, and while it takes a lot of work, it will last forever. Martha Stewart has a great article How to Clean your Tabletop Essentials that covers the basics.
I also played up the gold coin theme by spray painting some silver dollar eucalyptus gold, seen above. Silver Dollar eucalyptus is named for it’s coin like appearance and the fact it is the size of a silver dollar. As a floral designer, a pro trick we use all the time is spray painting greenrery, especially a metallic shade, to add visual interest and texture to arrangements. So this one seemed like a no brainer to me, a coin shaped greenery I can paint gold, check!I also thought it was a fun idea to use a single leaf as a place card. For laughs I gave everyone an Irish version of their name, unless their name was already on the Irish spectrum. We also thought it would be fun to have everyone tell an Irish Limerick as well. Some of those I cannot repeat, but they were funny just the same.
For dessert, we had my yummy homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownie Bites, link over for the recipe. Which if you are a lover of Irish Cream and chocolate you are going to love these ooey gooey brownies, they are delicious. One last festive tip I have for you, if you want to add a little more of a Saint Patrick’s Day feel with the glittery four leaf clovers and Leprechaun hats like the ones above. Try using them as disposable cupcake holders or shrouds for your single serve items, like the Mac & Cheese seen above. It is just enough to add some fun but you can toss it when you are done, or wear it as a tiny hat while you tell dirty limericks, whatever works for you. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!