3 St. Patrick’s Day Favorites

Reader Contribution by Jessica Kellner
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I love St. Patty’s Day mainly because it’s the first holiday of the year during which we might be blessed with warm, springy weather here in Kansas. I’ve often been known to take the day off work and go downtown to watch the parade, then to my favorite outdoor music venue, where they always have bands playing all afternoon, along with green beer and traditional Irish dishes. With a nursing baby, this year I probably won’t be indulging in much Irish ale, but I am still hoping to celebrate the day with a few Irish favorites. Luckily, we have three excellent St. Patrick’s Day recipes in our archives.

Sweet Potato Colcannon

Made with sweet potatoes, leeks and collard greens, this yummy take on the traditional dish offers high levels of vitamins A, C and K—plus plenty of fiber. Bonus: It only requires six ingredients (plus salt and pepper)!

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Herby Beer Bread

Infused with Guinness and topped with lavender, rosemary and mint, this hearty bread offers a nonalcoholic way to enjoy dark, bold Irish beer.

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Asparagus Spears in Phyllo

OK, so this one isn’t Irish at all, but with the start of spring comes asparagus season, so I think we could make a wonderful new tradition out of eating asparagus at St. Patrick’s Day get-togethers. This easy recipe makes a perfect finger-food… plus, it’s green, right? If you prefer not to make the mint aioli dipping sauce from scratch (although it will taste so good), just bruise some fresh mint leaves, chop them up and add them to store-bought mayo.

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