I may not be Irish but I love food and beer. That makes me practically an expert in St. Patrick’s Day. Never one to turn down an opportunity to party, I’m always on the look out for fun and festive food ideas. Whether you’re Irish or not, having friends over to celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish  is the way most of us spend March 17th! So I’ve pulled together a list of some awesome recipes to help you celebrate the occasion in style!

  1. A truly authentic Irish dish, Corned Beef and Cabbage is a mainstay of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations everywhere. Try this amazing  recipe from Laria Tabul on AllRecipes.

    Photo: Lisa from Cooking With Curls

    Irish Nachos Photo: Lisa from Cooking With Curls

  2. If you’re tired of the same ole loaded fries and taco dips, switch things up with this layered version of Irish Nachos (right) from Lisa at Cooking with Curls. They’re like a cross between potato skins, nachos and a loaded baked potato. To die for!
  3. Making bread is one of those things that always sounds far more complicated than it really is. Try your hand at Beer Bread from Kory H on AllRecipes. It’s a good starter recipe. Super simple and perfect for St. Patty’s Day.
  4. Rebecca at Sugar and Soul shared a recipe for Irish Potato Candy. These little potato lookalikes will hit the spot for anyone with a serious sweet tooth. And they’re easy to make, too! There is no baking required for this confection made of cream cheese, sugar, coconut and cinnamon. **Honorable mention also goes to Rebecca who has a few other ideas that are worth trying.

    Guinness Cupcakes w/Bailey’s Frosting Photo: Rick on the Rocks

    Guinness Cupcakes w/Bailey’s Frosting Photo: Rick on the Rocks

  5. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more decadent, try these “drunk cupcakes” on for size. Baileys Buttercream Frosted Guinness Cupcakes (left) from Rick on the Rocks are uber festive and sure to be a hit of the party. Not only will guests be wowed by your baking skills, they’ll really appreciate that you cared enough to give them dessert and beer at the same time instead of making them choose.

    Now that the menu is set, all that’s left to do is stock up on your favorite beer and Irish spirits. A endless supply of Guinness, Jameson and Bailey’s is essential. If beer isn’t your think, HuffPo put together a collection of fun St. Patty’s Day cocktails from all over the web. And don’t forget to decorate. You can’t have a St. Patrick’s Day shindig without shamrocks and leprechauns. It’s okay if you don’t happen to know any leprechauns to invite. A trip to your local party or craft store should do the trick.

What about you? We’d love to hear some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day treats. Share them in the comments or on the Living Remixed Facebook page.