Homemade corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day

What to Serve on St. Patrick’s Day

As a successful local food distributor, we know exactly what to stock up on for the holiday orders we get. With St. Patrick’s day just around the corner, we’re noticing a hustle to get orders in for the most popular food and drink items in celebration of the Irish holiday.

What are restaurants, hospitals and even schools choosing to add to their menus this holiday? Find out what flavors and items are most popular and perhaps you’ll gain some inspiration for creating your own special day of celebration!

St. Patrick’s Day Foods in High Demand

The following items offer key insights into what’s popular right now and how you can put your own unique spin on items in high demand. 

‘P’ is for . . . 

We all know the answer . . . potatoes! Yes, this single vegetable basically saved the Irish civilization and remains an easily associated food ingredient for the Irish. This highly versatile food item can be used in a million different, delicious ways. Whether you slice, dice, chop, bake, fry or boil, adding potatoes to your St. Patrick’s Day menu gives the respect owed to this much-loved vegetable that quite literally helped sustain the lives of countless Irishmen and women. It’s also just really delicious.

‘C’ is for . . .  

Cabbage! Yes, good ‘ol cabbage is another high priority in St. Patrick’s Day menu creation. Like potatoes, cabbage is one of the most popular vegetables in Ireland and is served in many traditional Irish dishes. Its flavor is relatively neutral and easily combined with other ingredients to pull off a winning menu side item. 

Great-tasting duos with cabbage include:

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Carrots

Cabbage is also highly versatile and easy to incorporate in a multitude of creative ways. 

And then there was . . . Corned Beef

Along with bacon, corned beef is a big food item in demand for this green holiday. Historically, corned beef is an Irish-American substitution for the traditional combination of cabbage and bacon. Corned beef became a comforting, slow-cooker alternative that offers a similar flavorful experience. 

Irish Soda Bread

Another traditional Irish favorite is soda bread. You might consider an Irish soda bread bowl with Irish stew or Irish soda bread rolls, breadsticks, etc. There are plenty of ways to recreate this timeless dish, make it your own, and pair it with a main course.

Other honorable mentions include:

  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Apple tart
  • Soda bread pudding

If you need more inspiring Irish food ideas, there are a number of ingredient combinations to celebrate the luck of the Irish this 17th of March. Whatever you decide, remember to make it an experience your patrons and guests will remember. What makes food service providers so successful is their ability to connect with the needs, wants, and wishes of their customers. Enjoy the challenge of matching foods with the holiday spirit! 

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