Easy Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner To Cook With Kids

Simple Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage


Get in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s by  cooking a simple Irish supper of corned beef and cabbage and potato cakes with the kids. It is a traditional Irish meal and will help them learn to associate certain foods with different nationalities. Just as they should understand that pizza is Italian, tacos are Mexican, so should they be aware of Irish culture. After all, we are all Irish for the day.


This easy corned beef and cabbage recipe uses 2 pounds of corned beef, cold water, two onions, a head of cabbage salt and pepper

Step 1: Put corned beef in a large pot. Cover with water. Kids can help with covering with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and skim off grease. Adult needs to do this step.

Step 2Cover pan with a lid. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for one and a half hours. Kids can set the timer, or watch a clock.

Step 3: Add the onions and cabbage. .Adults. Cover and simmer another 30 minutes. Kids can set the timer, or watch a clock.



Step 4:     Adults. Drain liquid off. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5: Serve meat on a platter. Kids can arrange onions and cabbage around the meat.




Make Potato Pancakes with the Kids

The Irish are a hardy folk and descendants are proud of their heritage. Making potato cakes with the kids is a good time to make them aware of other cultures and history.

Discuss the Great Famine of Ireland between 1846-1850 when blight wiped out acres and acres of Irish farmland. Potatoes were covered with a black rot. Failing crops caused the food prices to soar. Irish farmers were forced to eat rotting produce from cellars. The population dropped from 8 million to 4 million. A wave of emigration began from Ireland to America and other nations.

Okay. The history lesson is over. Time to make potato cakes! Kids can be more involved in the potato cake process . They will enjoy mashing the potato that the adult has peeled and cooked and then adding flour and rolling out the dough.

Ingredients for Irish Potato Cakes

  • one pound Irish potatoes
  • water
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • healthy oil for frying, sunflower. Canola


Steps for Making Irish Potato Cakes with Kids

Step 1: Put peeled potatoes in a saucepan. Cover with water for boiling. Kids can do.Boil until soft and remove from stove. Adult.

Step 2: Mash potatoes and spread on a pastry board.Kids can do. Spread butter, salt, nutmeg and flour over potatoes. Kids can do.

Step 3: Knead until well mixed. Add extra flour as needed. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Kids can do with direction.

Step 4: Cut into wedges. Kids can do with help

Step 5: Fry in a skillet using a healthy oil. Adult

Step 6: Remove and cool on paper towels. Adult.



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