By Vanessa Greaves
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"Laughter is brightest where food is best." — Irish Proverb

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? It just might be whether you're talking about the morning of St. Patrick's Day or the morning after. Either you'll want to lay a hearty foundation for the shenanigans to come, or you'll want to recover from them.

These St. Patrick's Day breakfast and brunch ideas do just that. You'll find recipes for everything from a full-on Irish breakfast to dishes inspired by St. Paddy's Day green, plus ideas for using up leftover corned beef and potatoes.

You'll be able to face anything after this stick-to-your-ribs breakfast of bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, and Irish soda bread. Watch the video to see how to make it all in one pan.

Cook's tips: To make this breakfast for a crowd, bake your bacon in the oven and set aside the bacon fat to fry the eggs, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

In the just-for-fun category, spinach and eggs go for a whirl in your blender to green up before getting wrapped around a filling of corned beef hash and topped with cheese. You can use canned hash or homemade corned beef hash.

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Try this easy make-ahead breakfast casserole if you know you'll be entertaining a St. Patrick's Day breakfast/brunch crowd. It's easier to make than individual plates of full Irish breakfast, and you can stuff it with tomatoes and mushrooms or serve them on the side. Watch the video to see how it's made.

"I purposely cook a whole corned beef just to make hash," says recipe submitter Debra Steward. "There's nothing like the taste of fresh versus canned hash. This is also good for leftover St. Paddy's Day corned beef. I throw the carrot in for color, claiming it's the Leprechaun's gold. Serve with fried eggs and brown soda bread (farls)."

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"This potato, spring onion, and kale dish makes a beautiful and delicious base for poached eggs," says Chef John. "You can even add leftover chopped corned beef." Watch the video for how-to tips.

"Soda bread dough is flattened into a round circle and divided into farls meaning 4 parts," explains recipe creator Ita. "It is then cooked on a dry griddle or pan. Traditionally this was the quickest way to make soda bread for unexpected guests who drop by for a bit of craic (good fun). It's best eaten fresh with butter and jam but is also delicious fried as part of an Ulster breakfast."

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Among our dozens of recipes for Irish soda bread, this is one of the most popular. "My great grandmother (also from Ireland) used a very similar recipe," says M Unit. Allrecipes home cook Lyn adds, "I tried all the Irish soda bread recipes I could find. This was by far the best — not just easy, but beautiful, amazingly moist and flavorful. "

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Just in case you need a soda bread option that you don't have to slice. You can make these ahead of time and pop into the oven for a quick warm-up before serving.

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Here's a spin on Irish potato pancakes (aka boxty ) that includes decidedly non-traditional zucchini for a fun touch of green. Allrecipes home cook TKCaterer submitted this recipe and says, "This recipe can be made ahead and then kept warm in the oven for 20 minutes. Being Irish and German, I make potato pancakes both ways. Serve with sour cream, applesauce, and/or ranch dressing." (We're not saying ranch dressing is Irish, so just cool your shamrocks.)

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Made with coffee, whiskey, and whipped cream, this Irish coffee can wake you up and slow you down at the same time. The video shows you how to do it. You might as well rehearse a few Irish toasts to go along with your tipple.

Yes, I included this for the more health-minded among you who want to minimize or at least mitigate the damage. Don't say I don't look out for you.


Here's a homemade version of the famous drink from that burger place that serves them every year but for a limited time only. You know the one I'm talking about. hippie_mama says, "My teenagers were seriously impressed. Thanks for making me a hero!"

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