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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 Paddies Day (definitely not called St. Patties Day), plus a well-known Irish hangover cure.

The Irish Fry

Irish Fry

Photo by Lindsey Otta

A fried Irish breakfast will set you up for the whole day. A traditional fry includes a few slices of bacon (we call them rashers), fried tomatoes, black pudding (blood sausage), brown soda bread, and a huge pot of tea.

Scones

Scones

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We love buttery scones. Home-made scones are available in every small corner shop, grocery store, gas station etc. and are best eaten with lots of salty Irish butter.

Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread | Photo by Meredith

Home-made soda bread is a staple in Ireland. Brown soda bread is made with  whole-wheat flour, buttermilk and bread 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!

Roast Dinner

Sunday Roast

Sunday Roast | Photo by Meredith

A traditional Sunday roast dinner is very popular in Ireland. The roast meat is served with roasted potatoes, peas, carrots, and lashings of gravy. Nothing will taste as good as your Mammy’s roast dinner.

Apple Tart

Apple Tart

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In the US, there is apple pie, but in Ireland we have apple tart. These rustic tarts are often baked on a plate, and made with home-made pastry and local apples. No matter where you go in Ireland, someone will always have rustled up a home-made apple tart.

The Hangover Cure

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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 hot water. It's widely believed a 'flat 7Up' can cure almost anything.

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.