It’s crazy to think that a year ago my friends and I were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Athens, GA. A week later, we were all quarantining at home. This St. Patrick’s Day is going to look a little different, as we don’t feel comfortable going out just yet.
This St. Patrick’s Day, my family decided to celebrate with a simple and delicious meal. I’m not the biggest fan of traditional corned beef and cabbage, so instead opted for foods that give a subtle nod to Ireland. Hearty stewed lentils and tomatoes are nicely accompanied by a warm slice of Guinness brown bread slathered in Kerrygold butter (how Irish is that?). For dessert, I served Baileys Irish Cream milkshakes.
Get the Recipe: The Barefoot Contessa’s Stewed Lentils & Tomatoes
Get the Recipe: The Barefoot Contessa’s Irish Guinness Brown Bread
For the milkshakes, I just threw some ice cream, chocolate sauce, and Baileys Irish Cream into a blender. This recipe is foolproof. Play around with the ratios to make it to your taste.
Cook's Note: you can leave the Baileys out for the under 21-ers.
Alternate: leave out the chocolate and add green food coloring for a whimsical shamrock shake.
Get the Look:
For decorations, keep it really simple. We jazzed up our everyday white china with some green cocktail napkins and green straws. Gina Langford’s art print featuring an Irish blessing is a nice touch to the holiday without being tacky.
Irish Blessing Art Print: Dogwood Hill
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