Being the resident OS straight edge, I had never even heard of a kegs and eggs party until last night. A quick Google search explained to me that a “Kegs and Eggs” social is basically a morning keg party with food. I was surprised to find that the “eggs” in the title actually referred to food instead of some outrageous concoction of green liquor. If drinking/feasting in the a.m. is your thing (and it’s pretty much something anyone could get behind), you should definitely host one of these babies this Saturday morning. The alcohol part is easy, but if you’re struggling to come up with dish ideas, keep reading for some of our favorite Irish-themed food stuffs.
Corned Beef Hash: A classic Irish staple, corned beef and hash pairs just as well with eggs as it does as leftovers in a sandwich the day after. Anything with beef and potatoes is a good thing, especially when there are only five ingredients.
Shamrock Shake: This is definitely my favorite part of St. Patrick’s Day and the only reason I ever go to McDonald’s. Although McDonald’s has already released their own shakes (and in February no less), you can make your own pretty easily, and it tastes even better! To emphasize the “State” in “State Patty’s Day” use Creamery ice cream. You won’t miss the drive-through when you use ice cream that’s so fatty it can’t be sold out of state.
Shepherd’s Pie: Shepherd’s Pie is the ultimate comfort food and just the thing you want in your stomach before a long day of keg stands. Once again you’ve got meat and potatoes combined in perfect harmony along with some delicious gravy to boot. However, this recipe is not for the faint of heart, and if you just want some Shepherd’s Pie without the effort you could always go to Kildare’s. Seriously, the best shepherd’s pie I’ve ever had (they even put french fried onions on top!). While you’re there, make sure you get an order of Irish Craic Nachos (nachos with potato chips…I know right?!) and the “perfect pint” of Guinness.
Irish Soda Bread: This is the perfect accompaniment to your kegs and eggs feast. One, it has the word “Irish” in the name, and two, it’s delicious. Irish soda bread has a unique texture and flavor due to the added amount of baking soda. Light, airy, and fluffy, you’re definitely going to want to make your own (and share using your own discretion).
Old Fashioned Potato Candy: Before you just skip this one, you’ve gotta hear me out. While it definitely sounds gross, potato candy is wonderfully sweet and melts in your mouth. If you have a potato, some powdered sugar, and a jar of peanut butter, you can make this. You can stop shaking your head now — just try it. Even if you don’t want to try it, make it anyways and don’t tell people what it is until they’ve already had some. Guaranteed mind-blower.
Green Buffalo Chicken Dip: This is for all the lazy folks out there (me) who just can’t imagine any party without buffalo chicken dip (me). Just make buffalo chicken dip and add green food coloring. Ta-da! Irish-themed party food!
…while you’re at it, just dye anything green. Since this is a made up holiday, why not make up your own “Irish food?” Green chocolate chip cookies! Green mac and cheese! Pizza or pasta with green pesto! Anything green counts (even if it doesn’t come that way naturally). Happy kegs and egging!