Here's What Irish People Actually Eat on St. Patrick's Day
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
Irish Soda Bread
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.
Simple Beef Pot Roast
Fresh Apple Tarts
In the U.S., there is apple pie, but in Ireland we have apple tart. These rustic tarts are often baked on a plate, and made with homemade pastry and local apples. No matter where you go in Ireland, someone will always have rustled up a homemade apple tart.
Related: 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 of hot water. It's widely believed a "flat 7Up" can cure almost anything.
Related: Find more Irish and Irish-American recipes in our St. Patrick's Day collection.