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Try Your Luck with These St. Patrick’s Day Meal Ideas

Every year on March 17th, people around the world enjoy spirited celebrations of the Irish people, with many people choosing to honor the Irish culture with a traditional feast or themed party. If you’re looking for a delicious way to serve up a little luck of the Irish, Gelson’s has plenty of holiday meal inspiration to get you started.

Here are just a few of the best holiday meal ideas to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day, whether you’re planning a formal family dinner or a laid back, Irish-themed potluck.

What is the traditional meal eaten on St. Patrick's Day?

In the United States, many families celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a hearty meal of corned beef and cabbage, typically made by slow-cooking corned beef brisket, cabbage, red potatoes, and carrots. Combined with a mix of spices and often topped with flavorful broth or gravy, corned beef and cabbage is the perfect dish to enjoy on a chilly March day.

Interestingly, this classic favorite isn’t actually considered traditional fare in Ireland – but that doesn’t mean you can’t serve it up for your St. Paddy’s dinner. However, if you want to prepare something a little more authentic, consider making shepherd’s pie, a delicious combination of lamb, vegetables, and mashed potatoes baked inside a flaky pie crust.

What do you serve at a St. Patrick's Day party?

There are plenty of traditional Irish dishes you can serve at your St. Patrick’s Day party, many of which don’t require you to be an expert in the kitchen. When you’re planning your menu, you should first consider your guests: does anyone have special dietary needs or preferences?

For example, if you have gluten-free guests attending your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you’ll want to keep gluten-free holiday meal ideas in mind. Putting your guests first will ensure that everyone has a deliciously good time at your party.

Here at your local Gelson's , you can find all the ingredients you need for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, whether you’re preparing to try your luck with a homemade feast or searching for a chef-made meal to keep things simple.

Make your St. Patrick’s Day a hassle-free holiday with grocery delivery or pick-up from Gelson’s, and let us take care of party décor with a selection of beautiful arrangements from our floral department.

Some tasty inspiration for your St. Paddy’s party food:

* Get creative with a classic, famously-Irish ingredient: the potato. Serve potato-inspired dishes like mini potato latkes and mashed potatoes, then balance it out with some lighter fare.

* Include a few fruit and cheese platters, always a crowd favorite, for guests to snack on while they mingle.

* Transform the classic corned beef brisket into a casual sandwich bar, adding a variety of toppings and breads to choose from.

* Offer Irish-themed adult beverages like the famous Guinness beer, or try an Irish-inspired cocktail for something extra-special.

What do you bring to a potluck on St. Patrick’s Day?

Looking for a simple dish that can feed a hungry crowd at a St. Patrick’s Day potluck? Here are a few ideas that are sure     to make you the party favorite:

* Irish soda bread

* Corned beef sliders

* Roasted or mashed potatoes

* Irish bread and butter pudding

* Irish cream cupcakes

Get everything you need for St. Patrick’s Day at Gelson’s

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