Saint Patrick's Day, known colloquially as Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461), one of the patron saints of Ireland. It takes place on March 17th, the date on which Patrick died, and is a national holiday of the Irish people. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by many of non-Irish descent, hence the phrase, "Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day".
The most popular methods of celebrating St. Paddy's Day involve wearing something green and drinking green-tinted beer while catching an Irish parade. But what about hosting a traditional Irish dinner party?
There are a large array of incredible dishes which claim origin in Ireland, many of which you might not have heard of before. There's Coddle, a hearty and warming baked dish made with bacon, sausage and potatoes and great at any time of day or night.
Another fabulous recipe which is served at virtually every meal in Ireland and is very often handed down from generation to generation, is Irish Soda Bread. Although each family has their preferred recipe, this delectable bread most often has a buttermilk base and is frequently loaded with currants and golden raisins.
No St. Patrick's meal would be complete without Corned Beef and Cabbage. This salty and hearty meal is sure to keep you warmed on a chilly spring night, not to mention how well it goes with a glass of beer! If beer isn't your style, try sipping on a piping hot cup of Irish Coffee.
Other delectable and hearty Irish dishes your guests will be sure to love are are Mulligan Stew and Irish Lamb Stew. This year, bust out the greenery and celebrate like a true Irishman!