Another St. Patrick's Day is upon us, and that means a weekend of good eats if celebrated correctly. Whether you're out partying and drinking, or just love some good, traditional Irish food, it's just a great time to be had by all. It's also a great reason to bust out your Instant Pot, because you'll be able to whip up a traditional Irish feast in little to no time at all.
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The Instant Pot DUO60 is the most popular model, and it's big enough to feed families of 3-4 people with room for leftovers. It comes with 7 cooking functions, so you can make roasts, chili, rice, porridge, eggs, and much more in a quick and easy way. Just dump it all in, set it, and forget about it!
Here are some great recipes to whip up with your Instant Pot for St. Patrick's Day, so let's dive in for some good eatin'!
- Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Beef Stew
- Irish Lamb Stew
- Irish Soda Bread
- Irish Beer Stew
- Dublin Coddle
- Irish Potato Kale Soup
Corned beef and cabbage
This is a staple St. Patrick's Day dish, if you ask me. If you haven't had it at least once in your life, then now is the perfect time for it! And honestly, I like corned beef and cabbage any time of the year, so this is a great recipe to have on hand. Corned beef is basically brine-cured beef, and it's delicious. It usually takes hours to cook corned beef in a traditional slow cooker, but the Instant Pot lets you start chowing down on your corned beef meal in just a little over an hour.
My personal favorite recipe is from Amy and Jacky of PressureCookRecipes, but you can also find plenty of variations out there. If you don't want your cabbage to be too soggy, you could try using something like a steamer basket to keep the cabbage above the liquid to retain some crispness.
It may not be an entirely Irish dish, but beef stew is a common food that you'll encounter in St. Patrick's Day festivities, especially at restaurants. Plus, who can resist a good, hearty bowl of delicious beef stew? I mean, really. Plus, making your own beef stew is incredibly easy, the ingredients are easy-to-find and not expensive, and the Instant Pot means your stew will be ready in less than an hour but taste like it's been simmering all day. It's definitely a great choice for St. Patrick's Day, or when you just want to cozy up with a delicious, hearty bowl on a cold day.
This recipe from The Salty Marshmallow is highly rated, but there are a lot of different versions of Instant Pot beef stew out there as well. It's usually recommended to sauté your meat first to give it more flavor, then deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula so that nothing sticks (this can give you the dreaded "BURN" notice). We like using this Turner Set of Large and Small Silicone Spatulas to get the job done.
Everyone loves mashed potatoes, but did you know that there's an Irish version called colcannon? It's essentially mashed potatoes that are jazzed up with some green vegetable, like kale or cabbage. And since cabbage is such a big part of Irish tradition (corned beef and cabbage), might as well add it to your mashed potatoes! Personally, I'm not a big fan of kale, so yeah, I'll take the cabbage over it any day of the week.
This colcannon recipe from Salt & Lavender looks simple and only takes about 30 minutes. For mashing up the potatoes, we like using this OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Potato Masher.
Irish Lamb Stew
If you love beef stew, but want to be a bit more adventurous with the choice of meat, then why not go for the traditional Irish lamb stew? The flavor comes out milder, though this depends entirely on the cut of lamb you get and how you prepare it. Still, it's a nice change from your usual suspects when it comes to meat (beef, pork, chicken) and it's perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
This Instant Pot Irish Lamb Stew recipe from Stetted also utilizes a few strips of bacon for flavor, but you can tweak that part as necessary to suit your personal tastes.
Irish Soda Bread
Since there are quite a few stews you can make, you may want some bread to go along with them. I know love to dip some bread into my soups and stews, so I'd imagine many others enjoy this too. Soda bread is used in a variety of cuisines, including Irish, where the leavening agent that's used is baking soda rather than the traditional yeast. It's easy to make, quick, and can totally be made in your Instant Pot.
The recipe from FoodNService is super easy to make and it's also highly rated. They say you can use oven-safe Pyrex without issue, but we would recommend using something like Fat Daddio's Push Pan instead, as it's less risky.
Irish Beer Stew
What's one way to improve beef stew? By adding beer to it, of course. While the real Irish probably don't drink Guinness, it definitely adds a good flavor to beef stew. If you're worried about the alcohol, don't! When it comes to using alcohol in a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot, most of it cooks off anyways, so you won't be getting drunk from your meal. Instead, it just adds a great layer of flavor to your meal, which is always welcome.
Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Dublin Coddle
While I love corned beef, it's actually considered more of an Irish-American dish. But if you want to go for a more traditional and classic Irish meal, then try Dublin Coddle. It's easy to make and the ingredients are basic pantry staples, so you may not need to go out and buy anything extra if you already have them in the house! All you need is bacon, sausage, potatoes, onions, carrots, and garlic. The directions are incredibly easy and you'll have a hearty meal in about half an hour.
Instant Pot Irish Potato Kale Soup
Finally, a food that's actually green for St. Patrick's Day, but also pretty healthy for you! Because let's face it, green beer isn't the healthiest thing we can have this weekend, right? While I'm not a personal fan of kale, this potato soup looks pretty good. Think of the colcannon mashed potatoes that we talked about earlier, but in soup form, and with kale. It's rustic and full of flavor, making it a perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast.
What are you cookin' up this weekend?
Are you planning on making any of these tasty recipes with your Instant Pot for St. Patrick's Day? Have any recipes you'd like to add that are perfect for the occasion? Let us know in the comments below!
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