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