You don't have to be Irish to join in the fun of St. Patrick's Day. (Plus, what better way to welcome the arrival of spring than by "The Wearing of the Green"?)
Mint Tea Punch and Floating Four-Leaf Clovers will have leprechauns of every age leaping for joy. Then dig in to the traditional tastes of Irish Soda Bread, Colcannon Potatoes and Spicy Corned Beef.
All eyes—whether they're Irish or not—will surely be smiling around your dinner table! For extra fun, add some Pots o' Gold to the spread.
This classic quick bread from Ireland is so named because it uses baking soda for leavening. Legend has it that the X is cut into the top of the bread before baking to ward off evil spirits.
Irish Soda Bread Recipes >
Do You Know about Colcannon?
Colcannon—a combination of mashed potatoes and either cabbage or kale—is mostly associated with the harvest and is traditionally eaten in Ireland on Halloween.
Symbols of good fortune (a golden ring predicting marriage within a year, a sixpence for forthcoming wealth, a thimble for spinsterhood and a button for bachelorhood) are often hidden in the dish for folks to find.
You won't find a real pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but this chocolate garnish from our Test Kitchen will make any dessert look like a million bucks!
Spoon melted chocolate for your Pots o' Gold into a pastry or plastic bag fitted with a #3 round tip. Pipe the chocolate onto the waxed paper, using the outline on the paper beneath as your guide. Chill, then fill with melted candy coating as directed.
More St. Patrick's Day Recipes >