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15 Irish recipes you need to add to your St Patrick's Day menu

Get in the true St Patrick's Day spirit with these classic Irish recipes, minus the green food colouring. From soda bread to Guinness pies to Irish cream mousse, we've got you covered for March 17th!

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    Easy Irish coffee with nutmeg

    Beat the winter chill with a drink with a kick! This warming Irish coffee is gently spiced with nutmeg and has (of course) a sneaky dash of Irish whiskey

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    Delicious and simple! Boxty is a traditional Irish pancake, made of mashed and grated potato.

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    Irish soda bread rolls

    Irish soda bread gets its rise from baking soda rather than yeast, so you can enjoy warm bread with minimal prep and under 20 minutes in the oven

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    Courgette, cheddar and thyme soda bread

    This dense, hearty courgette, cheddar and thyme soda bread recipe is the perfect way to take advantage of the glossy green courgette. Serve with a hard cheese, gherkins and pickled onions

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    Made from buttery mashed potatoes with either shredded cabbage or kale, colcannon is a classic Irish dish.

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    The perfect mash

    For the most lusciously smooth, fluffy, irresistible mash, this is the recipe to follow. Use potatoes that are high in starch and take care not to overcook them. Push the potato through a sieve, as we suggest here, or through a potato ricer or food mill (mouli).

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    Shepherd's pies

    Savoury mince topped with crunchy, cheesy potato - yum! There's no generation gap where shepherd's pies are concerned, with littlies enjoying them as much as their grandparents. And with these individual pies, no-one will be able to complain that they got a smaller slice.

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    Corned beef

    Take a trip back to your childhood with this old fashioned corned beef recipe. Serve warm with creamy mashed potato, mustard, cornichons, caperberries and parsley or with steamed potatoes, carrots and cabbage.

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    Shepherd's pie in a jacket

    Make your classic shepherd's pie more exciting with these potato jackets. Not only does it make your pie so easy to prepare and to serve up between plates, it's like eating little boats of deliciousness!

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    Peta Mathias' Irish stew

    What’s the key to an authentic Irish stew? Peta Mathias shares her family recipe, which is sure to become a go-to in your own family's repertoire.

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    Guinness fruit cake

    Create a fruit cake with a richer flavour thanks to this simple recipe. It doesn't matter if you're not usually a fan of Guinness, everyone is bound to enjoy this moist, decadent treat!

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    Try this tasty version of the classic Irish fruit loaf. It’s so simple to prepare, and is just perfect when served toasted with butter and a cup of tea.

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    Little chocolate whisky cakes

    These little dark cakes are sized to share, but you could also bake them in Texas muffin tins – just shorten the cooking time. Recipes and styling by Fiona Hugues. Photography by Jani Shepherd; Gatherum Collectif.

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