You could stick with just green beer on St. Patrick's Day. But if you want to celebrate with a festive meal and aren't a fan of corned beef, here are 10 things you can eat in place of it.
- Guinness and beef stew – similar to Irish Stew with the addition of onions, garlic, beef instead of lamb or mutton, and the famous Irish stout, Guinness used in the broth.
- Shepherd’s Pie – Who doesn't love Shepherd's Pie?! If you've never had it... it's delicious!
- Beef and Guinness Pie – this one is Guinness and beef stew baked into a pastry pie similar to what Americans know as a pot pie checks all of the boxes.
- Spice bag – not a familiar dish here in the US, it’s a combination of thick-cut fries, fried chicken, bell peppers, onions, and spices. The Irish people love it and it was voted their favorite takeaway dish back in 2020. It’s very popular in Dublin and often served in Chinese restaurants there.
- Mussels – Pair them with Irish cream or even alcohol for the sauce it’s actually an unexpectedly popular choice.
- Irish soda bread – This can be eaten any time of day. (And it'll soak up all that green beer)
- Dublin Coddle – This is a combination of sausages, bacon, onions, and potatoes layered in a pan. Broth and seasoning are added and it simmers in the oven for several hours.
- Bacon and cabbage – the bacon used for this is not like we have in America – it’s taken from the back of the pig and has more meat than fat. If you aren’t crazy about corned beef and cabbage this would be your substitute. It’s usually served with sauce and boiled potatoes.
- Gur cake – A dessert item consisting of a pastry shell filled with bread chunks that are flavored and soaked with dried fruit, black tea, and spices. It originated in the 1930s and is sliced and topped with powdered or caster sugar. It’s also known as Chester cake or fruit slice.
- Boxty – this is a potato pancake that is a mix of grated potatoes, eggs, flour, and milk then seasoned and fried until crispy. It can be eaten as a side dish or even a main dish or dessert.