12 St. Patrick's Day Breakfast and Brunch Ideas

Green Eggs And Hash Omelet
Photo: bd.weld

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? It is when you're laying a hearty foundation for, or recovering from, St. Patrick's Day shenanigans — and these breakfast and brunches 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.

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Irish Breakfast

Irish Breakfast

You'll be able to face anything after this stick-to-your-ribs breakfast of bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, and Irish soda bread.

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Green Eggs and Hash Omelet

Green Eggs And Hash Omelet

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 or homemade corned beef hash.

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Bacon, Cheddar, and Spinach Strata

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Strata
Chef Boy R Drew

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.

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Deluxe Corned Beef Hash

Deluxe Corned Beef Hash

"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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Chef John's Colcannon Hash

Chef John's Colcannon Hash
Photo by Chef John.

"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."

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Irish Soda Farls

Irish Soda Farls with jam

"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)."

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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Among our dozens of recipes for Irish soda bread, this is one of the most popular. "My great grandmother (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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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

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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Irish Zucchini and Potato Pancakes

Balsam on a white dish with sour cream and marmalade

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."

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Irish Coffee Cocktail

Irish Coffee Cocktail

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.

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Kale and Banana Smoothie

Kale Banana Smoothie
Photo by Mackenzie Schieck. Mackenzie Schieck

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.

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Shamrock Shakes

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

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