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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Pour the green beer, St. Patty’s Day is almost here!

March 17th is a huge day for bars and restaurants as consumers look to celebrate the Irish holiday with green flare and lots of beer. But beer isn’t the only way to get into the Irish spirit. Here are a few traditional (and not so traditional) recipes to unleash your inner leprechaun.

The Shamrock Shake

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1 ¼ cups milk

¼ teaspoon mint extract

9 drops green food coloring

Blend and top with whip cream, chocolate syrup and green, decorative sugar

This delicious, kid-friendly treat is a St. Patrick’s Day tradition for many, and sure to inspire the spirit of the holiday.

St. Michael’s Irish Americano

Warm up with this Irish Coffee fitted to the American palette.

1 ½ oz. espresso coffee

1 ½ oz. Irish whiskey

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 tablespoon heavy cream

6 oz. hot water

Top with whip cream

Irish Stew

A hearty classic. Every Irish household has their own version of this stew. Start with this, and add ingredients to suit your personal taste.


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 lbs. boneless lamb shoulder cut into 1 ½ inch pieces

½ teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black better to taste

1 large onion, sliced

2 carrots peeled and cut into large chunks

1 parsnip, peeled and cut into large chunks

4 cups water

3 large potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

1 cup coarsely chopped leeks

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in large stockpot or Dutch oven. Add lamb pieces and cook, stirring gently, until evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add onion, carrots, and parsnips and cook gently alongside meat for a few minute. Stir in water. Cover and bring to a boil before turning the heat down to low. Simmer for 1 hour or longer, depending on the cut of meat you used and if it’s tender yet.
  3. Stir in potatoes and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes before adding leeks and rosemary. Continue to simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender but still whole. Serve piping hot in bowls garnisheed with fresh parsley.

Guinness and Chocolate Cheesecake

Get that sweet tooth fix with this chocolatey Irish masterpiece.


1 cup crushed chocolate cookies

¼ cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons white sugar

¼ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

8 oz. cream cheese

1 cup white sugar

3 eggs

½ lb. semisweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 cup sour cream

1 pinch salt

¾ cup Irish stout beer (i.e. Guinness)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 oz. semisweet chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 inch springform pan with butter.
  2. Combine crushed cookies, butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and cocoa in a small bowl; mix and press into the bottom of pan.
  3. Place cream cheese in a large bowl and beat with electric mixer on a low speed until smooth. Add 1 cup sugar and eggs while beating.
  4. Combine chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Beat chocolate in cream cheese mixture. Add sour cream, salt, beer and vanilla. Blend until smooth, then pour mixture over the crust. Place the pan into a large, deep baking dish. Fill the dish with water to cover the bottom half of the springform pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, then turn oven off and leave cheesecake there with the door slightly ajar for another 45 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, run knife along edge of cheesecake to loosen from pan, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  7. Melt semisweet chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. Make chocolate clovers by dropping 3 small drops of the melted chocolate close to one another on waxed paper, drag a toothpick from between two dots outward to make the stem; chill until hardened. Arrange chocolate clovers on top of chilled cheesecake for decoration.

Click here to discover more Irish recipes to bring you luck on St. Patrick’s Day.

You may also like our blog on the history of St. Patrick’s Day.

Week in Brief: March 11-17th, 2012

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for March 11-17.

 America’s Best Irish Bars:  12 Pubs From Across the Country That Offer the Best Irish Bar Experience

From thedailymeal.com, read the article here

From a great beer list to the the huge flat-screen TVs playing rugby, there are certain qualities that distinguish a “good” Irish bar from the “best” Irish bar.  Thedailymeal.com goes into these obvious details, such as the way the bartender pours a pint, the dark wood furnishings that populate the place, and the atmospheric feeling that you’re just down at home.  The website also offers a slideshow with what it believes to be the 12 best Irish bars in America.

Read full article at TheDailyMeal.com


Top 10 Most Popular Beers for St. Patrick’s Day: Report

From huffingtonpost.com, read the article here

Even though the holiday is celebrating an Irish saint, many of the most imbibed beers happen to be from America, with Boston’s own Samuel Adams coming in at #1.  Many would think that Ireland’s Guinness would come in at #1, but astoundingly, it doesn’t even rank in the top 5!  “The black stuff,” as the Irish call it, comes in at #6, behind Bud Light, Budweiser, Heineken, and even Corona Light.  It’s still more popular in cities where high Irish-American populations live though, such as Boston, New York and Chicago.

Read the full list and article at huffingtonpost.com


Restaurants Look to Capitalize on ‘March Madness’

From nm.com, read the full article here

With the college basketball tournament among us, many restaurants are trying to take advantage of our ‘madness’ through games and contests, especially through the use of social media.

Applebee’s is utilizing their Facebook page with its Fan Fanatics contest to entice its guests.  The contest rewards people with Applebee’s gift cards the more they play and interact with the brand.  After each round of the NCAA tourney, whoever has the most points, acquired through posting on Applebee’s Facebook page, uploading a photo or tweeting a post on Twitter, receives $500 in Applebee’s gift cards after the National Championship Game on April 2.

The chain hopes their nearly 2,000 restaurants across the nation will be filled during the tourney, and they are encouraging fans to come in by promoting half-price appetizers at night and a unique “Fans Watch Here” invite that can be created from a tab on Applebee’s Facebook page.

Domino’s Pizza is also doing social media promotion for March Madness, by running a contest on Facebook called “The Road to Domination.”  Fans need only to “like” Domino’s on Facebook to play and are immediately eligible to fill out a tourney bracket.  Players are able to win thousands of giveaways, including Parmesan Bread Bites and 20-ounce Cokes, but the grand prize winner receives a trip for two to the 2013 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.

Little Caesars Pizza is running a promotion that if a No. 16 seed upsets a No. 1 seed the chain will give away a free order of Crazy Bread to anyone that comes into the store on Monday, March 19, and says the word “crazy.”

Buffalo Wild Wings is doing something a little different with its “More March” promotion.  Fans can visit the “More March” tab on BW3’s FB page and vote on which other month they would like to lose to add more days in March for more basketball.  Basketball fans can also visit any participating BW3 location and fill out tourney brackets on site.

Read the full article at www.nm.com

Risks: More Red Meat, More Mortality

From nytimes.com, read full article here

According to a study published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine and reported by the New York Times, eating red meat increases your risk of death from cancer and heart disease.  The study included men and women over the course of 16 years, and researchers found that those that ate more red meat were less physically active, more likely to smoke and had a higher BMI.

Previous studies had linked red meat and mortality, but the new results were alarming.

“When you have these numbers in front of you, it’s pretty staggering,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Frank B. Hu, a professor of medicine at Harvard.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com


Schools Can Take ‘Pink Slime’ Off Lunch Menus

From nytimes.com, read full article here

After the fallout from the “pink slime” scandal, the USDA finally decided that when fall arrives schools can stop serving an ammonia-treated ground beef filler often served to schools.  Last week, the Agriculture Department came under fire after critics described the filler as “pink slime,” and many Americans urged the USDA to ban it.  Their response was that it was safe; yet, to be safe, the department will offer a choice of beef made with the filler, or less lean bulk ground beef without it.file4531272158954

Read the full article at nytimes.com