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St Patricks Day menu

I'm having a St Patrick's day celebration and am looking for menu ideas. Corned beef & cabbage - meh. Anyone have any other ideas? I'm having about 30 people and will serve buffet style. Doesn't necessarily have to be a meal, could also do heavy apps. Help!!

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  1. You could include colcannon instead cabbage. If you are not familiar with it, there are recipes online. Colcannon is a combination of mashed praties (potatoes) and kale which is preferable to cabbage.

    I heard a story about an Irish immigrant who wished to have colconnan after emigrating to the US like he had in Ireland. His American born daughters tried to fulfill his wish, but it never tasted the same as what he remembered from his life in Ireland. After he died, his daughters realized that they should have used kale instead of green cabbage.

    1. Lamb Stew, Shepherds Pie, Leek/potato soup,
      Fresh Seafood,Soda Bread
      ,Smoked trout/salmon,
      Mixed Grill,Colcannon

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      1. re: Raffles

        what time are you serving dinner? you better put out some extra place settings, there may be a few of us headed your way.

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          Lol.......only serving one of them, actually we are probably going to have a home made corned beef brisket, we have that other stuff regularly anyway, and Corned beef rarely...We have never corned our own beef before , it should be interesting!

      2. Some great Irish Whiskey and Lamb Stew with soda bread and lots of butter.

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        1. re: treb

          I second the motion of the Irish Whiskey. I just bought a 1.75 liter bottle of Jameson.

        2. A big hit at our last St Pats day party was guiness cheese fondue. I realize that is not so great for a buffet but htought I'd throw it out there anyway.

          1. Dublin Coddle would be perfect for Buffett. Style.
            Clams in beer
            A hash type dish
            Maybe a dip
            http://www.food.com/recipe/triple-thr...

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            1. re: LaLa

              The best dip would probably be the famous Rueben Dip, always goes over well. A meal in itself, really. this recipe is somewhat similar to mine
              http://www.food.com/recipe/reuben-dip...

              1. re: coll

                Best? I am sure either would be lovely....

                1. re: LaLa

                  Best theme wise, I was thinking.

                  1. re: coll

                    Eeehhhh... Guinness beer cheese vs rueben dip..I would say either or both fit the theme.

                    1. re: LaLa

                      Yeah the Guinness changes it over to an Irish dish, I agree. I think of it as more English though: Like English cheddar soup? On the other hand I know corned beef isn't Irish either ;-) Unfortunately it screams St Paddys Day to me.

                      1. re: LaLa

                        reubens are jewish deli food. don't know why this gets trotted out for st patrick's day ideas all the time?

                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                          Because in NY that is as St Paddys Day as it gets. And since that's where I'm from.......we do have our weird customs. I mean, even the OP mentioned it, right?

                          There is a long boring explanation for the tie in, but I won't go into it, this early in the season ;-)

                          1. re: coll

                            am from brooklyn, with an irish mother. :)

                            reubens are jewish deli sandwiches.

                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                              Yes we know. There is a reason that it is a NEW YORK Irish tradition, as I said. The Irish adopted it as their own.

                              1. re: coll

                                lol, am i being dense? brooklyn is ny as far as i know, and my mother's family never ate reubens, except at delis. it certainly wasn't something on the table for st. paddy's day.

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  Well you are only one out of many in all of NY. Most people ate corned beef for St Paddys while I was growing up (and now too of course) but the ones that were in a rush had a Rueben. I don't know why it's so hard to believe, have you ever visited an Irish bar in the area on March 17?

                                  1. re: coll

                                    of course i've been in irish bars in ny on st patrick's day.

                                    forgive me if i still don't think of reubens as "irish food."

                                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                                      I am with you.... but NYC Irish does not mean they know the culinary history of Ireland....been there, done that, to a limited extent, I had my best ever broiled cod in Erie, to die for at a small pub, off the boat..

                                      1. re: Raffles

                                        Just so you know, I am very familiar with cuisine in Ireland, and myself have done menus including plenty of that too. I also know they do not typically celebrate St Patricks Day with parties, but rather by going to church, as it is a holy day of obligation. Although I hear things are changing a bit lately.

                                        That said, I would be surprised to not find corned beef at most parties held over here, which is obviously where the OPs party is occurring. As you can see, he is the one who brought up corned beef in the first place.