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St. Patrick's Day Celebration Menu

Find your green linens and tableware and be ready to have some Irish fun! Our festive Irish-themed menu is hearty, filled with vibrant flavor and cover, and is easy to prepare with much of the menu make-ahead friendly. The main dish and the sides can all be held for a while in a warm oven or on the stovetop over low heat if you need some flexibility, and there are enough courses to allow for plenty of time for the host or hostess to enjoy themselves - and some favorite Irish beverages. Corned beef and boozy dishes and beverages are not the most child-friendly, so if you need to entertain little ones make sure to opt for our Lucky Four-Leaf Clover Shakes and Leprechaun Trees and Pot of Gold Dip, stock up on shamrock cookies, and add a few kid-friendly touches, like simple sandwiches cut into shamrock shapes or cheese and lunchmeat cut into smaller shamrocks and served with crackers. They might even eat their veggies if they are cut into fun shapes!

The Menu Plan

Up to a week in advance:

Make and freeze the Irish Coffee Ice Cream Pie.

Up to 48 hours in advance:

Prepare and refrigerate the Irish Smoked Salmon Mousse.
Bake the Traditional Irish Brown Soda Bread.
Make the dressing for the Irish Salad.

Up to 24 hours in advance:

Prepare the Irish Whiskey-Glazed Currant Cake and store loosely covered at room temperature.
Bake the Irish Soda Bread.
Boil the eggs and cook the bacon for the Irish Salad.

Up to 6 hours in advance:

Prepare the vegetables for the Irish Salad, Glazed Corned Beef, Carrots, Parsnips, and Cabbage, Celery And Irish Cheddar Cheese Bake, and your choice for your potato dish (keeping the potatoes covered in cold water).

Up to 2 hours in advance:

Shave the cheese, place the cabbage leaves on the salad plates, and arrange the vegetables, eggs, bacon, and cheese for the Irish Salad. Cover and refrigerate.
Grate the cheese and make the fresh breadcrumbs for the Celery And Irish Cheddar Cheese Bake. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature.

About 1 hour in advance:

Make the Glazed Corned Beef, Carrots, Parsnips, and Cabbage.

About 30 minutes before serving:

Boil the celery for the Celery And Irish Cheddar Cheese Bake.
Prepare your chosen potato dish - Boiled Potatoes and Butter or Irish Champ or Light Irish Champ.

About 10 minutes before serving:

Remove the Make the Glazed Corned Beef, Carrots, Parsnips, and Cabbage from the oven and preheat the broiler.
Finish the Celery And Irish Cheddar Cheese Bake by placing the celery in a baking dish, add the topping and place under the broiler.

Right before serving:

Drizzle the dressing on the Irish Salad plates.
Reheat the sauce for the Irish Coffee Ice Cream Pie and remove it from the freezer to soften slightly.
Prepare and serve beverages.

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