12 St. Patrick's Day Dinner Ideas for Kids

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These delicious St. Patrick's Day dinner ideas are great for kids who hate corned beef. Easy Irish recipes that are perfect for celebrating the holiday with your family on a busy weeknight.

The photo collage shows 4 easy dinner ideas for kids on St. Patrick's Day.

Before I took my DNA test and discovered I am actually 25% Irish my memories of St. Patrick's Day included being tortured with my mom's annual corned beef dinner.

My mom made it each and every Saint Patrick's Day because she loves it.

I'm glad she stood firm and made her preference a priority. I was such a picky eater back then, I likely wouldn't have eaten much of anything else anyway. At least we had one happy person at the holiday table!

Now as an adult, I don't mind corned beef but it wouldn't exactly be my very first pick for dinner.

I want to honor St. Patrick's Day and my newfound Irish roots while still feeding my family a meal I know we'll all enjoy.

So whether it's you or your kids who aren't corned beef fans, I thought you'd appreciate a few other Irish dinners to make for St. Patrick's Day.

P.S. Don't miss the other wonderful Catholic feast days for families to celebrate with your kids.

12 Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day dinner

Picky eaters love simple meals like bread and soup so these first two Irish recipes are darn near perfect.

Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread is a perfect way to have a little St. Patrick's Day fun with your picky eater kids. This slightly sweet bread is studded with juicy currants (or raisins if you prefer) and has just a little burst of fresh orange zest for brightness.

You could serve it as a simple breakfast or alongside any of the dinner ideas in the list below.

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
This oven baked traditional Irish soda bread with raisins or currants has hints of orange zest to add a fresh burst of flavor to the slightly sweet authentic bread.
5 from 46 votes
A loaf of Irish soda bread is being sliced on a bread board.

While I absolutely adore an oven baked Irish soda bread, I perfected the recipe for bread machine baking and included the recipe in The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook.

Pop the ingredients into the machine, click START, and move on to making a delicious soup to go with it!

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Creamy Irish Potato Soup

This classic Irish potato soup is an exact replica of the delicious first course my daughter and I enjoyed several nights in a row during a trip to Ireland.

She loved it so much, it was the only dish she begged me to make once we traveled home.

Irish Potato Soup
Creamy Irish potato soup is loaded with farmhouse style vegetables and has all the classic flavors of a traditional Irish soup. Serve it as an elegant first course or cozy dinner with a sandwich.
5 from 46 votes
A white bowl of creamy Irish potato soup has fresh chives sprinkled on top and a spoon on the side.

Melty Turkey Reubens

Every March, I am not satisfied until I have one delicious grilled turkey rueben with Thousand Island dressing.

I know it's not traditional, but the Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and dressing on marbled rye bread scratches that itch for a real reuben minus the corned beef.

Though, this could actually be the best way to introduce your kids to corned beef! Griddled with melty cheese and an easy homemade spicy sauce?

Serve your reuben with some salty potato chips and raw baby carrots for the easiest kid-friendly St. Patrick's day side dishes.

Grilled Turkey Reuben Sandwiches
Not a fan of corned beef? This year make delicious turkey reuben sandwiches for St. Patrick's Day instead! Deli turkey, a delicious spicy sauce, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut griddled up on caraway rye bread. Yum!
5 from 43 votes
A grilled turkey reuben sandwich is on a plate with potato chips and baby carrots.

Ham and Cheese Stuffed Potatoes

This recipe for ham and cheese stuffed potatoes is so easy because you can get it started in your microwave and quickly bake it to get a nice crispy top.

Diced deli ham, your favorite shredded cheese (we love gruyere), and some simple seasonings are stuffed into potato boats and baked. The whole meal is done in less than 30 minutes total with just a few of those as hands-on time.

Serve it with a bright green salad for a festive Irish side dish.

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Potatoes
For a hearty meal, serve 2 potato halves per person. Or for a lighter meal, pair one potato half with a bowl of soup or salad.
5 from 1 vote
Two ham and cheese stuffed potatoes are on a serving plate with a fork.

Irish Beef Stew

This simple Irish Beef Stew recipe features a splash of Guinness which has the added benefit of keeping husbands happy. The chunks of potatoes, carrots, and beef stew meat make this a comforting and cozy one-pot dish for your St. Patrick's Day dinner.

If you want to skip the Guinness, I highly recommend our family's favorite beef stew recipe!

Easy Weeknight Beef Stew
This easy beef stew only takes a few minutes of hands-on time to cook and can easily be frozen for busy weeknights.
5 from 48 votes
A blue dutch oven has a wooden spoon stirring beef stew.

Irish Nachos

Bake a pan of these easy Irish nachos using potato chips, Swiss cheese, and deli meat.

Tiny, tender chunks of corned beef from the deli covered in cheese and nacho toppings is a great way to incorporate corned beef for the holiday with kids who are reluctant to try it.

However, you could substitute roast beef, ham, or turkey if you want.

Irish Nachos
Better than pub food! These Irish nachos start with kettle cooked potato chips and are topped with melty Swiss cheese and tender corned beef. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and pico de gallo for a delicious appetizer for St. Patrick's Day or a football party.
5 from 2 votes
A pan of Irish nachos made with potato chips and corned beef.

Fried Cabbage with Caraway Seeds

If you really want to incorporate cabbage to your St. Patrick's dinner, kids will be much more inclined to eat this easy fried cabbage recipe rather than steamed cabbage or sauerkraut.

It has a much better texture and the butter gives it a very mild flavor. Caraway seeds give it a wonderful crunch.

Fried Cabbage
Crispy fried cabbage tossed with caraway seeds and a dash of salt and pepper is one of the easiest budget-friendly side dishes ever! Serve with pork, corned beef, or even roast chicken for a quick vegetable side.
5 from 46 votes
A serving of crispy fried cabbage with caraway seeds is in a white serving bowl.

Irish Beef Hand Pies

The very best part about this easy Irish beef hand pie recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and keep it in your freezer. Just bake the hand pies for your St. Patrick's Day dinner.

They are made with ground beef, potatoes, and cabbage but even the pickiest of eaters won't be able to tell! The cabbage basically melts right into the filling. My husband LOVES them.

Irish Beef Hand Pies
These Irish Beef handpies are perfect for making ahead of time and freezing for St. Patrick's Day dinner. Filled with a rich and savory beef, potato, and cabbage filling and wrapped in easy pie crust, your family will love baking these for the holiday.
5 from 42 votes
A serving of Irish Beef Hand Pies on a white platter.

Irish Beef Pot Pie

Last year I used the same filling and turned it into an Irish beef pot pie, just as delicious and a little bit easier.

Irish Beef Pot Pie
This easy variation of our most popular Irish Beef Hand Pies recipe is baked as a pot pie in a slab pie pan for easy serving for St. Patrick's Day dinner. Filled with savory meat and tender cabbage and potatoes, this delicious dinner can be made ahead and frozen for the holiday meal.
5 from 56 votes
A square of Irish meat pie on a plate with carrots and cabbage.

Potato Pancakes

When I think of Irish food, I totally think of potatoes. Potato pancakes are one of my very favorite ways to prepare them.

This is one of the best recipes for easy potato pancakes to make with your kids. (Don't skip the homemade applesauce that goes with them!)

Make Ahead Potato Latkes
Golden brown potato latkes can easily be made from scratch at home before your holiday celebration. Mix together the grated potatoes and onions with a simple egg base and fry them in oil. Once cooled, they can be stored for later and just reheated before serving.
4.44 from 46 votes
A platter of homemade potato latkes next to cups of sour cream and applesauce with spoons.

Corned Beef Hash Skillet with Eggs

I think what always turned me off of traditional corned beef is how it is served as large slabs of meat.

The flavor is delicious, but the texture was overpowering.

A great way to incorporate corned beef flavor into your St. Patrick's Day meal is to serve it diced up into a potato hash with onions and eggs.

Make a batch of my crispy breakfast potatoes and then simply add chopped up deli corned beef at the end. You could also use deli ham if your kids prefer.

Crispy Breakfast Potatoes
These delicious seasoned home fries are perfect for serving with scrambled eggs or omelettes for an easy weekend brunch. The crispy breakfast potatoes brown up perfectly in a skillet on the stovetop.
5 from 1 vote
A white bowl is filled with golden brown home fries, delicious crispy breakfast potatoes.

Reuben Roll Ups

My easy puff pastry reuben roll ups would make a great lighter dinner option alongside a garden salad or cup of potato soup.

Again, the recipe does call for deli corned beef meat but you could substitute ham, turkey, or crumbled bacon!

Puff Pastry Rueben Roll Ups
Flaky and delicious puff pastry reuben roll ups are made with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese in a bite-sized appetizer that can be prepped ahead. Bake and serve them for a fun St. Patrick's Day appetizer or holiday party nibble.
5 from 1 vote
A white platter filled with reuben pinwheel bites and a cup of Thousand Island dressing.

Shepherd's Pie

This is actually one of my kids all-time favorite dinners. We make it all winter long, not just for St. Patrick's Day.

The delicious creamy mashed potatoes on top of a spiced beef mixture with peas and carrots is a family favorite.

It's so delicious I included it as one of the recipes in my new cookbook!

I simplified the instructions to make it so easy that even your kids could make your St. Patrick's Day dinner.

You can order The Totally Awesome Ultimate Kids' Cookbook right here.

Easy St. Patrick's Day Desserts

With dinner settled, don't forget to plan an easy St. Patrick's Day treat for your kids, too!

My girls have always loved these fun and festive recipes:

The photo collage shows 5 easy dinners to make for kids on St. Patrick's Day.


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