Here’s What Irish People Eat On St. Patrick’s Day
Growing up in Ireland, we never ate corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day — nor did anyone we know. It’s an American-Irish tradition, that just doesn’t exist in Ireland. On our national feast day at home, we eat regular Irish food and perhaps drink a little extra to celebrate the day. Here are just some of the different Irish foods you might find us eating on Paddies Day (definitely not called St. Patties Day), plus a well-known Irish hangover cure.
A fried Irish breakfast will set you up for the whole day. A traditional fry includes a few slices of bacon (we call them rashers), fried tomatoes, black pudding (blood sausage), brown soda bread, and a huge pot of tea.
Home-made soda bread is a staple in Ireland. Brown soda bread is made with whole-wheat flour, buttermilk and bread soda and white soda bread is made with white flour. It’s traditionally made into a round loaf with a cross etched in the center to keep the fairies out!
A traditional Sunday roast dinner is very popular in Ireland. The roast meat is served with roasted potatoes, peas, carrots, and lashings of gravy. Nothing will taste as good as your Mammy’s roast dinner.