By Vicky McDonald

Growing up in Ireland, we never ate corned beef and cabbage on St. Patricks Day — nor did anyone we know. It's an American-Irish tradition, that just doesn't exist in Ireland. On our national feast day at home, we eat regular Irish food and perhaps drink a little extra to celebrate the day. Here are just some of the different Irish foods you might find us eating on Paddy's Day (definitely not called St. Patty's Day), plus a well-known Irish hangover cure.

The Irish Fry

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A fried Irish breakfast will set you up for the whole day. A traditional fry includes a few slices of bacon (we call them rashers), fried tomatoes, black pudding (blood sausage), brown soda bread, and a huge pot of tea.

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We love buttery scones. Home-made scones are available in every small corner shop, grocery store, gas station etc. and are best eaten with lots of salty Irish butter.

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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread | Photo by Meredith

Soda bread is a staple in Ireland. Brown soda bread is made with whole wheat flour, buttermilk, and baking soda; and white soda bread is made with white flour. It's traditionally made into a round loaf with a cross etched in the center to keep the fairies out!

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Roast Dinner

Sunday Roast | Photo by Meredith

A traditional Sunday roast dinner is very popular in Ireland. The roast meat is served with roasted potatoes, peas, carrots, and lashings of gravy. Nothing will taste as good as your Mammy's roast dinner.

Get recipes for beef roasts and lamb roasts.

Apple Tart

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In the US, there is apple pie, but in Ireland we have apple tart. These rustic tarts are often baked on a plate, and made with home-made pastry and local apples. No matter where you go in Ireland, someone will always have rustled up a home-made apple tart.

Get recipes for apple tarts and pies.

The Hangover Cure

St. Patrick's Day can be a day of heavy drinking, and the crisp sandwich is a well-known hangover cure. It's essentially some Irish potato chips sandwiched between two slices of buttered white bread. Another cure for hangovers is a 'flat 7Up' which is essentially some 7Up with a splash hot water. It's widely believed a 'flat 7Up' can cure almost anything.

Find more Irish and Irish-American recipes in our St. Patrick's Day collection!