St. Patrick's Day brings out the Irish in everybody whether or not you actually are Irish. I am Irish/Scottish and there are traditional foods I enjoy such as corned beef & cabbage and some I do not, like blood puddings. Here are a few traditional foods that you can easily make at home to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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    Corned Beef and Cabbage

    This is probably one of the most popular Irish dishes and can be found at most restaurants during March. All you need is a beef brisket (brined and boiled), red potatoes, carrots and cabbage. It's similar to making a crock pot stew.

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    Sheppard's Pie

    I love Sheppard's Pie and we make it 3 or 4 times a year. It's very simple and filling dish. It's a casserole with ground beef, carrots, peas and mashed potatoes. This is a meal in its self but you can add your favorite sides too.

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    Irish Beef Stew

    The only difference in a plain stew and Irish stew is adding in a little dark Irish ale, like Guinness. Add in 1 bottle of such beer and give your plain stew a little Irish kick!

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    Irish Soda Bread

    This bread doesn't have to 'rise' and it also has currants or raisins. It's similar to a big biscuit. It's best when baked in a cast iron skillet too. You can eat it as is or add a little butter and maybe some jelly and eat it as a dessert.

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    Irish Coffee

    Irish coffee is simply coffee with a little added kick of alcohol. You can add and Irish cream like Bailey's or just a little shot of Irish whiskey and heavy cream with a teaspoon of sugar. Then you can add some whipped cream on top.

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    Boxty

    Boxty is an Irish potato cake, similar to our hashbrown. It's a simple recipe that uses mashed potatoes, grated raw potatoes, eggs, flour, milk and some seasonings. Flattened and fried golden. They are good for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any other time.

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    Fried Cabbage & Sausage

    This is a one skillet meal that's not only yummy but easy to make. It's a link of smoked sausage cut into bite sized pieces, a head of cabbage and small onion cut up all fried together with some salt and pepper. It is delicious!!

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    Colcannon

    The Irish love their potatoes and this is another easy potato recipe. Besides potatoes you'll need some scallions, finely shredded cabbage, milk, butter maybe some bacon/ham cubed and all mixed together. It almost looks like mashed potatoes as we know them with a few extras thrown in...again, it's easy and super yummy.