5 Festive St. Patrick's Day Foods Besides Corned Beef & Cabbage

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When it comes to St. Patrick's Day, it's often the drink rather than the food that takes center stage in our celebrations. Whether it's whiskey in a jar, green beer, or Irish coffee, there are themed drinks o' plenty for the festivities. When it comes to the food, however, it's usually a big helping of corned beef and cabbage and ... well, that's about all most people come up with for this holiday.

That's fine if you like it, but there are plenty who don't, or who would appreciate a little something different (or in addition to it) this year. Here are five fantastic Irish-inspired dishes to consider serving during your weekend shenanigans.

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  • Irish Nachos


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    Not your traditional St. Paddy's fare, but these Irish nachos are amazing. The use most of the regular nacho toppings, like cheese, sour cream, and salsa, but you swap the chips for potatoes. Spud heaven.

  • Shepherd's Pie


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    The true origins of this potato-topped dish come from England I've been told, but many still associate it with the Irish. And as delicious as it is, does it really matter?

  • Irish Creme Chocolate Trifle


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    Cake, cream, and mint all come together in this insanely rich chocolate dessert. Serve with some Irish liqueur, and your eyes will be shining, whether they're Irish or not.

  • Crock-Pot Potato Soup


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    Warm, rich, and topped with bacon, this soup is pure bliss. The fact that you can make it in your Crock-Pot makes this potato soup recipe even better. Thank goodness there's no potato famine now.

  • Reuben Sandwiches


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    The yummy reuben sandwich uses the traditional corned beef, but instead of cabbage, you smother it in Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and dreamy dressing. It's a great recipe for leftovers too.

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