Your Irish New Year’s Meal

Many Americans have a set New Year’s Day menu. It often consists of fare such as ham, black-eyed peas (particularly for superstitious Southerners), and greens. The Irish, too, have a traditional feast to welcome the new year. You’ll most likely find them dining on a tried-and-true favorite—corned beef and cabbage with a side of potatoes and carrots.

If you need a recipe, try our Traditional Corned Beef with Cabbage. You can cook the cabbage, carrots, and new potatoes along with the corned beef in a Dutch oven to make for an easy one-pot meal that will warm your bones on a cold winter’s day.

Soda bread is a natural pairing with this meal. Centuries ago, New Year’s Day was known as the Day of the Buttered Bread in Ireland. While this is no longer widely celebrated on the Emerald Isle, there’s no harm in cooking a loaf of your favorite soda bread, buttering a piece, and enjoying the idea of the custom in your own home. If you don’t have a recipe you love, try a box of Hogan’s Brown Irish Soda Bread Mix. It’s a quick way to get the taste of this traditional staple.

Finally, don’t let the day get away without a dessert. We believe celebrating the arrival of 2019 should involve your favorite things, like beer and chocolate. That’s why we love this recipe for a Chocolate Guinness Cake with Classic Cream Cheese Icing. If you haven’t tried this delectable dessert, it’s sure to become a staple for special occasions. Of course, if you don’t want to spend time in the kitchen you can always pick up a package of Oh Ryan’s Irish Potatoes to pass around the table.

Whatever you choose, remember to invite loved ones to your table to share in the joy of a new year together. Happy New Year!

7 thoughts on “Your Irish New Year’s Meal”

  1. I enjoyed a glass of GUINNESS with my supper last evening which I needed as I had received the news that a dear and wonderful neighbor, who had moved to Florida about two years ago, had died yesterday morning around 5 a.m. in a Hospice where they had just put her when they found that awful disease, cancer, throughout her just turned 80 body, and could do nothing to cure it. So it was a bad day from beginning to end for me, losing my favorite friend as well as my favorite football game, Notre Dame vs. Clemson. But I have to think of it like my Channel 16, ABC’s meteorologist always says, “It’s a great day to be alive.”

  2. I always love having Corned Beef and Cabbage along with the preferred veggies and I top the meal off with Irish Soda Bread. I had a recipe that used Orange juice but lost it and are always on the “look-out” to see if it appears on different sites. The cake sounds “yummy” and I might try it sometime…

  3. This is very interesting. I wonder how we got started eating that meal for St. Patrick’s day. Do they have a special meal for St. Patrick’s day. It would be interesting if they posted the meal for that day.

  4. It is possible to enjoy traditions, including cultural ones, without being “superstitious.” Like the Irish, Southern Americans have been stereotyped more than enough, thank you.

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