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Irish food: St. Patrick's Day classic foods

Ireland may be known more for its beer and whiskey than its culinary creations, but there's much to savor this St. Patrick's Day when it comes to Irish cuisine.

From meaty cottage pie to hearty soda bread, Irish food is a staple source of comfort and satisfaction. Get in the four-leaf clover spirit by trying some of these well-executed versions of Irish classics -- available St. Patrick's Day, or any day you please.

Feile's cottage pie

The dish: Similar to a shepherd's pie (which
Photo Credit: Feile

The dish: Similar to a shepherd's pie (which uses lamb as its meat filling), cottage pie is a delicious, comforting beef-based savory pie covered in a crunchy potato topping. Some traditional interpretations are also made with breadcrumbs on top, but all varieties consistently include beef and hearty potatoes.

Where to have it: Try this Irish classic at Feile, where it's made with ground beef, peas and carrots as well as cheddar-chive mashers. $15; 131 W. 33rd St., 212-695-1122,

The Dog and Duck's battered sausage

The dish: If you're a fan of American
Photo Credit: The Dog and Duck

The dish: If you're a fan of American corn dogs, you'll love battered sausage. Made from pork sausage dipped in cornmeal-based batter and fried up until its crispy, battered sausage is rich and hearty.

Where to have it: The battered sausage dish at Irish hotspot The Dog and Duck is served with traditional accouterments of chips and baked beans, a plate that'll keep you full straight through your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. $16; 45-20 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, 718-406-9048,

Silver Moon Bakery's Irish soda bread

The dish: Irish soda bread gets its name
Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

The dish: Irish soda bread gets its name from the baking soda used in place of the more traditional yeast. It's also made with a soft wheat, such as that found in pastry flour.

Where to have it: For a version that's rich and airy at the same time, head to Silver Moon Bakery. Its seasonal Irish soda bread is made fresh and available for pre-order, so call ahead to be sure it's in stock before making the trek. $5.50; 2740 Broadway, 212-866-4717,

The Dubliner's colcannon

The dish: Like many traditional dishes passed down
Photo Credit: The Dubliner

The dish: Like many traditional dishes passed down through the generations, colcannon can be found in a wide variety of iterations. Made with mashed potatoes, lots of cream or butter and kale or cabbage, this classic fare is a satisfying and hearty favorite.

Where to have it: At The Dubliner, the house-made colcannon uses braised red cabbage, mashed potatoes and corned beef. $16; 45 Stone St., 212-785-5400,


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