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Meatless (Fish Okay) Ideas for St. Patrick's Day?

lmoy Mar 11, 2008 10:12 AM

My parents are coming to town for the weekend and have announced that they are bringing a corned beef with them, which they expect to make at my apartment (along with potatoes and cabbage, of course) in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. The trouble is, a couple members of our household don't eat meat.

I'd like everyone to be able to participate in the dinner together, so I've volunteered to contribute some dishes that fit the holiday but doesn't include meat. Any ideas? I think I'll make a colcannon, but it would be nice if I could think of some options other than cabbage/potatoes/carrots. Do you know of any? Does anyone have a good recipe for a fish-based Irish dish? Maybe Irish fish pies -- has anyone made them before?

Help! And thanks!

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  1. RVAwino RE: lmoy Mar 11, 2008 11:29 AM

    You could maybe try salmon or cod.
    Here a link with some Irish recipes:


    1. JungMann RE: lmoy Mar 11, 2008 12:15 PM

      Given that St. Patrick's Day is being observed Friday the 14th due to conflicting with Holy Week, meat is not "kosher" for the celebration anyway!

      Boxties might be a filling alternative to meat as would cauliflower cheese or rutabaga gratin.

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      1. re: JungMann
        lmoy RE: JungMann Mar 11, 2008 12:19 PM

        Good point!

        Ah, I've bean meaning to make cauliflower cheese -- good idea re: making it for St. Pat's! And mmm, rutabaga gratin. Do you have a recipe for that?


        1. re: lmoy
          JungMann RE: lmoy Mar 11, 2008 01:20 PM

          I don't normally eat rutabagas, but I've come across the following:


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        QSheba RE: lmoy Mar 13, 2008 07:56 AM

        Salmon with a creamy dill sauce- I like a recipe, Chardonnay Poached Salmon on FoodNetwork.com by Steve Smith and Dan McDonagh (sp?) It can be served warm, room temp, or chilled, which makes it excellent for parties.

        A nice fish like halibut w/ a chimichurri sauce (green sauce is your green for St. Patrick's Day:)) would be tasty as well.

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