Classy St Patrick´s Day Dinner Party Ideas
If dying your hair green, wearing “kiss me, I´m Irish” stickers” and knocking back whiskey shots in Irish pubs just does not appeal this Paddy´s Day, why not celebrate St Patrick´s day this year with a civilized dinner party with good friends and family?
Here is how we will spending St Patrick´s day (March 17) this year, and it won´t be bacon and cabbage (!):
Pre dinner cocktail- Irish Mist with ginger ale and lime
Entree (Main Course)- Rabbit stew with cider, recipe in Clodagh McKenna´s wonderful Irish Farmer´s Market Cookbook
Dessert - Chocolate Guinness Brownies (Here is a recipe from Northern Irish chef Stephen Jeffers, also featured in this month’s Food and Wine magazine in Ireland)
Wines- the Irish wine geese will be our inspiration and we´ll serve the excellent Concannon Merlot (Livermore Valley) and Reserve de Léoville Barton 2005 (Bordeaux). Sublime. More on Irish American wineries here.
Cheese- the cheese plate will all be delicious Irish farmhouse cheeses like Gubbeen, Durrus and Killeen.
Coffee- Irish Coffee with Jameson Irish whiskey, but of course.
And if you will be in Ireland on St Patrick´s day this year then here are a few wonderful suggestions:
* Enjoy live music and the festival in Cork city
* Traditional music and a seriously fun atmosphere in Doolin, County Clare