Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Tradition of Potatoes

Corned Beef and Cabbage

By Christine Lindner, Alsum Farms & Produce Marketing Manager

As March unfolds, the world eagerly anticipates the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, a vibrant celebration of Irish culture, heritage, and the spirit of camaraderie. While this festive occasion is often associated with lively parades, shamrocks, and the color green, it’s also a perfect opportunity to pay homage to one of Ireland’s most beloved culinary staples: potatoes.

Potatoes and St. Patrick’s Day Connection:

Potatoes hold a special place in Irish history and cuisine, serving as a symbol of resilience, sustenance, and tradition. For centuries, potatoes have been a dietary cornerstone in Ireland, providing sustenance to families and communities during times of hardship and plenty alike.

Embracing Tradition with Irish Potato Dishes:

St. Patrick’s Day presents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Ireland by incorporating fresh potatoes into our meals. From classic comfort dishes to modern twists, there’s no shortage of delicious potato recipes to explore:

1. Traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage

Slow-braised corned beef, tender cabbage, red potatoes, and aromatic vegetables simmered in beef broth and red ale.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

2. Irish Cheddar Shepherd’s Pie

Irish Cheddar Shepherd's Pie

Ground lamb and aromatic vegetables, slow simmered in a rich brown gravy, topped with silky smooth mashed potatoes flavored with aged Irish cheddar and chives.

3. Irish Potato Fondue

Serve Irish Potato Fondue at your next gathering for a fun and dip-able delight. This recipe is easily doubled for large groups.

Irish Potato Fondue

4. Crispy Potato Boxty

Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake made with grated potatoes, flour, baking powder, and buttermilk. Enjoy it for breakfast with eggs and bacon or as a side dish with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce.

Irish Boxty Potatoes

5. Irish Colcannon Chowder

This hearty dish combines mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage, butter, and often scallions or leeks. It’s a comforting and flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with roasted meats or fish.

Colcannon Chowder

Celebrating the Luck of the Irish with Alsum Potatoes:

Whether you’re hosting a festive gathering or enjoying a cozy meal at home, Alsum potatoes offer endless possibilities for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in delicious style. Their versatility, affordability, and comforting appeal make them the perfect ingredient to honor Irish culinary traditions and create lasting memories with loved ones.

This St. Patrick’s Day, raise a toast to the Emerald Isle and savor the flavor of fresh potatoes in all their delicious glory. From traditional favorites to inventive creations, let the spirit of Ireland shine through in every bite. Sláinte!