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St. Patrick’s Day, held on 17th March, commemorates the patron saint of Ireland and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. As one of the most widely celebrated festivals, people around the world deck out in green clothing or shamrocks and partake in parades to show off the Irish heritage and culture. Others prefer to dine and drink at their favorite Irish or Irish-themed cafes and bars to soak in the atmosphere.

In keeping with the mandatory movement restrictions, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will have to go virtual this year. You can still go all green with an Irish-inspired theme in terms of décor and food. Here are some interesting dishes you can try at home and share with friends on Zoom.

Guacamole Devilled Eggs: Add a little St. Pat’s Day twist to Green Devilled Eggs. Blend cooked egg yolks with avocado for a gorgeous creamy green color. Add chili peppers to spice up the dish, top with a little cilantro, and let the flavors kick in.

Guacamole Devilled Eggs are easy to make (Photo: Simply Recipes)

Chicken Pot Pie: A classic dish for any holiday that’s easy to make at home. With its flaky pie crust and creamy chicken filling, the dish brings comfort to the table. In keeping with the theme, add a clover in the middle of the puff pastry lid. Or dye the pie crust with green food coloring. 

A clover tops the festive Chicken Pot Pie (Photo: Lea & Jay)

Irish Chicken Stew: A delectable meal with chicken, potatoes, onions and carrots, this Irish staple packs a punch with veggies, healthy carbs and protein. All you need to do is to simmer tender chicken pieces and vegetables and add seasoning until it reaches a creamy broth. For the stew, you can substitute the chicken with beef or pork and serve with Irish soda bread. With a little luck o’ the Irish, you can easily replicate this dish.

Irish Chicken Stew, a staple at the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (Photo: Good Food Ireland)

Matcha Souffle Pancakes: This may not be your traditional Irish treat, but you can still enjoy everyone’s brunch favorite with a touch of matcha flavor. Souffle pancakes are fluffier than regular pancakes as the egg whites are beaten to form stiff peaks and folded gently into the pancake batter. Pair the pancakes with the traditional Irish breakfast of bacon and sausages for a filling breakfast.

Matcha Souffle Pancakes for brunch (Photo: Tastemade)

 

“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness

come through your door.” (Old Irish blessing) 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!