St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Sunday, March 17th, and the holiday represents big business for bars and restaurants. According to a 2023 survey, St. Paddy’s celebrations are on the rise across every demographic.

Last year, more than 60% of people polled planned to celebrate the holiday, up from 54% in ‘22. And according to the National Retail Federation, total retail sales for the holiday were around $6.85 billion.

The Irish holiday has plenty of well-worn traditions, from looking for leprechauns to drinking green beer, but this year, why not try something different? Create something special and memorable that will appeal to a whole new audience by mashing up traditional fare with a creative culinary approach. Here are some suggestions for sham-rocking St. Paddy’s Day.

Tater Slate

Potatoes are a quintessential Irish food, from colcannon, a combination of mashed potatoes and greens, to boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake, so, you can expect to go through a lot of tubers on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. West Creek® Processed Potatoes are pre-cut, refrigerated potatoes that can help you save time and money. Available in a variety of cuts, from dices to wedges to mashed, these potatoes come in convenient pack sizes that you can store in the walk-in. Here are a few ways to use them:

  • Upgrade the traditional Shepherd’s Pie with a topping made from artfully arranged sliced potatoes.
  • Use shredded potatoes to make boxty and flavor it with the seasonings and spices of your kitchen — go bold with scallions and a dash of soy sauce for a boxty that leans toward scallion pancakes, or add cumin, chili powder, corn, and cheese for a Mexi-Irish take on tradition.
  • The large-format crispy pancake cutely known as bubble and squeak combines mashed potatoes with other vegetables. It’s another great place to bring in your own signature flavors, like a pop of fiery harissa or herbaceous ranch seasoning.
  • Appeal to a vegetarian crowd with a veggie take on Shepherd’s Pie using mushrooms and lentils, topped with mashed potatoes.
  • Use the Irish classic, colcannon, as a filling for the Polish staple, pierogi.

Where’s the Beef?

Ireland is a meat-and-potatoes country, so we would be remiss to omit the beef! Surety Beef® is a top commodity beef on the market, thanks to rigorous standards that ensure the highest possible quality. Use Surety Beef Brisket to create a savory corned beef, but don’t stop there. Make it your own with these food fusion ideas:

  • Roll up corned beef and cabbage into a handheld, like an eggroll, burrito, or hand pie for a unique and portable spin on the classic St. Patrick’s Day dish.
  • Use beef chuck for a take on Beef and Guinness Stew, flavored with the warm spices of Morocco — cumin, black pepper, ginger, coriander, and a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Take that corned beef to the next level and use it as a topping for nachos.
  • Two words: Irish Pizza! Load up a pizza with corned beef, shredded cabbage, and Irish cheddar for an exciting holiday special.

Stay Fresh And Informed

Sign up for our newsletters for information on food trends, promotions, industry tips, and so much more.

Sign Up Today