Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations start as early as breakfast? Actually, a full Irish breakfast is a big tradition and one that involves a lot of food. Hey, I’d say that’s exactly what someone needs to make it through all the other St. Patrick’s Day festivities!
Starting your day with lots of meat and carbs will give you energy to celebrate and help keep the “green monster” at bay… at least until lunch :). Thankfully, I was able to find a ton of hearty Irish recipes that will keep you going, like traditional White Pudding and Irish Boxty. The items which make up a traditional Irish breakfast sound a bit out-of-the-ordinary, but in a way they resemble an American spread. Both have some form of breakfast meat, eggs, breakfast potato, and bread. So don’t get thrown-off by the names, give them a try! Plus, keep reading because I’ve included some cute ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
To make a full Irish breakfast start with…
- Bacon: Irish bacon comes from the pig’s back, instead of the belly; which most Americans are used to. For crispy bacon, check out this tip!
- White and/or Black Pudding: Did you know white pudding is also called oatmeal pudding and it’s a meat dish? Yup, I had no idea! It’s a sausage formed from pork meat, fat, oatmeal, and bread fillers. Black Pudding is the same, except with the addition of pig’s blood. From what I hear, your either love it or hate it.
- Eggs: Make your eggs however you’d like! Since you’ll be frying up your sausage on the stove, why not try making your eggs in the oven?
- Fadge (Irish Potato Bread) or Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes): These recipes consist of finely grated raw potatoes and mashed potatoes with flour, buttermilk and other ingredients. They’re typically made in a pan or skillet. Apparently, no Irish breakfast would be complete without a piece or two of potato bread. I suppose it’s like Americans and toast!
- Soda Bread: Soda bread is a type of quick bread that uses baking soda as the leavening agent. It’s traditionally served with butter, cheese or tomato spread, but you can serve it with whatever you like best!
If you’d like to enjoy all these authentic Irish flavors at once, then try an all-in-one Irish Breakfast Roll or Bap. It’s an adaptation of the full Irish breakfast, so you won’t miss out on anything. Plus, it’s way more portable! 🙂
Once you’ve cleared your plate and washed it down with a soothing cup of tea or coffee, you’re ready for all the holiday festivities! This spread is also perfect for some late night grub; just make the recipes ahead of time, put ’em in the fridge, and chow down when you get home. It might even be the best cure for the night before. Regardless what time of day you choose to feast, you’ll delight in the stick-to-your-ribs goodness of a traditional Irish breakfast!
Since we’ve covered the traditional stuff (and learned a few things along the way), let’s take a look at some fun and creative St. Patrick’s Day breakfast ideas! My family and friends would especially loves the Green Muffins and Pot O’ Golds.
So, even if you aren’t going out for St. Patrick’s Day, you can stay in and enjoy some festive fare!
Do you make anything special for St. Patrick’s Day?