Much of what we think of as Irish on St. Patrick’s Day does not actually come from Ireland—raucous parades, happy-go-lucky leprechauns, green beer, and (you might not find this difficult to believe) neon green-capped cupcakes with green shamrock sprinkles. Even corned beef, as the treasured centerpiece of the St. Patrick’s Day meal, is an American invention.
In fact, the Irish rarely ate beef at all. The wealthy indulged occasionally at celebrations, but for everyone else, cows were considered sacred and were kept for use in farming and for milk, and, of course, for their butter.
So while this distinctly American take on an Irish holiday might be an excuse to celebrate with good food and drink, for us, it’s also an excuse to eat really good butter.
These are some of our favorite ways to butter up some much-loved St. Patrick’s Day dishes with Epicurean Butter.
Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread made with flour, baking soda (also why it’s called Soda Bread), buttermilk, butter, and salt. Traditionally, a cross was cut on the top with a knife before baking to ward off the devil and protect the household. Give traditional Irish Soda Bread a touch of sweetness by using Epicurean Maple Syrup Butter in the dough, and save some to spread on slices of bread while it’s still warm from the oven.
There’s nothing more comforting than Shepherd's Pie—a lamb meat pie with gravy, vegetables, and a mashed potato crust—even better when those mashed potatoes are made with Epicurean Tuscan Herb Butter.
Herb Buttered Potatoes
You can’t make St Patrick’s Day Corned Beef without also making Herb Buttered Potatoes. Whether you roast the potatoes or boil them, toss them with Epicurean Roasted Garlic Herb Butter after cooking for fast, gourmet flavor.
Start St. Patrick’s Day off right with herby, “green” scrambled eggs. Just melt Epicurean Tuscan Herb Butter, stir in eggs and cheese, and top with chopped herbs.
Guinness Cupcakes with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Buttercream
Not all St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes need to be bright green. Make these Guinness Cupcakes and try topping them with Epicurean Cinnamon & Brown Sugar buttercream.
Most of us are only Irish for one day a year...have fun! Be safe! And show us all of the delicious food you make with Epicurean Butter by tagging us on social media!
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