Updated: Jul 1
With my family being from Scottish and Irish descendants, St. Patrick's Day was always a big celebration in my household. As my allergies kept evolving over the years, so did our method of cooking some of our favorite traditional Irish dishes. We faced our biggest challenge when I was tested positive against nightshades, including potatoes.
It is a centuries-old historical event that links the tradition of Ireland and potatoes together. Eliminating potatoes from my St. Patrick's Day festivities felt unethical but it was necessary for my new restriction. Rather than cutting out potato-based dishes internally, we learned how to substitute with yuca, sweet potatoes, and even Japanese sweet potatoes.
We have created many recipes over the years and are excited to share our St. Patrick's Day menu with you. The following dishes are free from:
Nuts* for a selected few recipes
Before we dig in, we wanted to share some brands we use to complete our "Free From" St. Patty's Day meal:
100% grass-fed beef from TruBeef: Use our promo code "AMANDAMAC25" at checkout to receive $25 off your first order!
100% grass-fed lamb from Circle C Farms: Use the link above to get 5% off your purchase!
Grass-fed corned beef - if you have a lot of food allergies to seasonings and spices as I do, you can try visiting a local butcher and talking to them about their brine. We found a butcher who specially brines 100% grass-fed and finished beef brisket with safe seasonings and spices I can have for me.
Our St. Patrick's Day Menu
What you will find in our round-up:
Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread: My father and I use to fight over the last slice. Now, I basically get this whole allergy-friendly loaf to myself! Irish soda bread is a quick bread that does not require yeast. Instead, this gluten-free recipe uses baking soda and sparkling water.
Corned Beef Spice: I cannot trust the pre-made spice packets, so I make my own blend. Commonly spiced with mustard and red pepper flakes, I opt-in for Tumeric and a cinnamon stick to make it nightshade-free.
1 tablespoon coriander
2 teaspoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon clove
1 stick cinnamon
4 large bay leaves
To cook, place the corned beef in a large stockpot with the spices and add enough water to cover the beef completely. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover, allowing it to simmer for 45 to 50 minutes per pound, or until the meat is tender. For the last 20 to 30 minutes of the beef's cook time, you can add the carrots and cabbage to the pot. Be sure to save the corned beef broth for a tasty recipe perfect for your leftover.
Nightshade-Free Shepherd's Pie: Another potato-based recipe we updated using yuca or even Japanese sweet potatoes! Visit the recipe for the options.
Irish Sweet Potato Pie: Bacon was the original meat for St. Patrick's Day. Before Irish immigrants came to America, they would have bacon and cabbage to celebrate today, since beef was too expensive. When they migrated to America, they would discover that bacon was now the expensive meat, therefore switching to the affordable corning process of beef instead. To pay tribute to the original traditions of the Irish, we make this Irish Potato Pie, which could be made with white potatoes or use sweet potatoes as we do.
Cabbage and Carrots Casserole: This recipe is perfect for leftovers after St. Patrick's Day. It is a great way to repurpose your leftover carrots and cabbage, and can even add in leftover corned beef if you like.
Wishing you a happy and food-safe St. Patrick's Day!
- Amanda and Joe