Once the Chicago River turned green over the weekend, I knew the countdown to St. Patrick’s Day had officially begun.
Growing up in Chicago, I remember how each March the river was dyed with vegetable dye – a tradition that began in 1962 – in preparation for the holidays, as patrons decked out in green T-shirts and pearls are piled up in area pubs like Schinnick’s and Hinky’s One in Dink.
In the United States in particular, St. Patrick’s Day has become a drunken celebration of all things green, including beer. It’s a far cry from the original and more solemn celebrations of St Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s patron saint, which typically involved Irish Catholics attending morning mass and perhaps taking part in a feast later in the day. The Connaught Telegraph once described the Irish holiday saying, “St Patrick’s Day was very much like any other day, only duller.”
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While the conversation usually turns to drinks, another fun way to celebrate March 17 is with food. That’s why today we’re sharing 5 of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes from the Salon Food archives. You’ll feel lucky if any of these gems are part of your celebration:
1 Baileys Irish Cream Cookie Sandwiches
This recipe for Baileys Irish Cream Cookies comes from Meghan McGarry, the proud Irish American owner of Buttercream Blondie. Wondering how they taste? Well, think of an Irish coffee – which combines espresso, a little whiskey and cream – in the form of a biscuit sandwich.
“I paired Irish whiskey and coffee because they make the ultimate pairing,” McGarry previously told Salon Food. “The Baileys floating through the cookie is very delicate, and in the topping is the espresso for an extra dose of flavor that cuts through the sweetness beautifully.”
For an extra festive touch, opt for a Shamrock cookie cutter. You do not have any ? Carefree! Grab any 3-inch cookie cutter and some green sprinkles for a thematic twist.
2 Baileys Irish Cream Brownies
Got any Baileys left in your hands? Follow McGarry’s lead again and consider using it to brown a batch of brownies. One swipe really makes the dough better. You can follow her house recipe, look for a box blend, or maybe try Salon’s extra-dark espresso brewed variety.
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3 Jameson Mule
As Salon’s Erin Keane wrote for “The Oracle Pour,” “Why is it so hard to imagine an adult toast for St. Patrick’s Day? Celebrating this holiday as an American adult shouldn’t be a choice. between a heinous public event or a demented solo parlor reading of “The Lieutenant of Inishmore. (Playing the Pogues, Hiding the Cat.)”
Celebrate finding common ground between these options with a Jameson Mule. It’s a 5-ingredient play on the Moscow Mule, the backbone of which, as the name suggests, is Jameson Irish Whiskey. According to Jane Danger, expert and mixologist at Jameson, the bold flavor of ginger beer perfectly complements the complex flavors of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
“Jameson Original’s balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla notes are enhanced with sweet sherry notes and exceptional sweetness,” Danger told Keane. “The lime cuts through the sweetness and adds a final citrus touch to bring out the fresh Granny Smith apple notes.”
4 Copy McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
“Like countless Irish Americans, I find St. Patrick’s Day to be a veritable pot of gold,” Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote. “On the one hand, I’m proud of my heritage and my melancholy, pugilist people. On the other hand, is there anything about the way the holiday is celebrated in the United States that doesn’t isn’t it just… disgusting?”
Williams had an equally strained relationship with McDonald’s Shamrock Shake – the annual “limited-time”, mint-flavored, drive-thru darling. For her, the fake mint flavor was a bit too much. So she decided – as another famous fast food chain puts it – to do whatever she wants. That meant ditching the mint, increasing the vanilla, and adding a sip or two of whiskey.
5 All Greens
Maybe you want to enjoy something green that isn’t green beer? Be sure to check out this list of our favorite beans and greens recipes. To start, we have a beautifully crunchy kale salad inspired by Molly Baz. If you’re looking for something a little more hearty, David Kinch’s Bean and Greens Gratin mixes a healthy amount of melty cheese with cannellini beans and torn kale, all covered in a crispy breadcrumb crust. . Jackie Freeman’s Cauliflower and Lima Bean Gratin is a similar recipe – use either one as a starting point depending on what you have in your own fridge and pantry.