For many an Irish-American child growing up, there is a distinct memory of the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day. The house filled with the scent of brine and cabbage.
From my own memory banks, the foods and accompanying aromas were for a massive spread at my parents' bar, complete with all of the classics of corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and tons of veggies. The food was routinely lapped up, and leftovers were nonexistent.
Because I was a young nonmeat eater, St. Paddy's feasting usually meant grabbing a hunk of bread and maybe a spare carrot or potato that hadn't make its way into the beef broth yet. But these days, the options for vegan St. Patrick's Day meals are nothing short of amazing, thanks largely to our own vegan patron saints of meaty substitutes like Gardein, Upton's Naturals, and Beyond Meat.
Have the hankering to turn your own place into the epicenter of briny, cabbage-y aroma goodness? Below are some Irish staples for a vegan St. Patrick's Day spread.
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Corned Beef & Cabbage - You can pickle your own seitan strips or for quickness grab a package of Gardein beefless tips to pull off a supereasy vegan corned beef and cabbage. Husband-and-wife duo Annie and Dan Shannon veganized an entire book's worth of Betty Crocker recipes in Betty Goes Vegan, including this Corned Beef-less Tips and Cabbage recipe.
Colcannon - This Irish staple of mashed potatoes mixed with sautéed kale is veg by nature and can be easily made entirely vegan with the help of some soy or almond milk and some Earth Balance spread. This version by Nava Atlas on VegKitchen.com uses uses not only the traditional kale and cabbage but gets an extra helping of green from spring onions and parsley.
Irish Soda Bread - These are crusty on the outside but soft and semisweet on the inside, and every Irish kid's Nana has her own family recipe for Irish Soda Bread — a St. Patrick's Day must. Follow this Hell Yeah It's Vegan recipe for carb perfection.
Mint Carob Chip Cream Pie - It wouldn't be a celebration without some sweet desserts. Bailey's Irish Cream is always a crowd pleaser, unless that crowd is a bunch of freckle-faced vegans. Try this vegan version from OhSheGlows.com. If your idea of making your dessert green is to, well literally make it green, this Veg News Mint Carob Chip Cream Pie gets the required green in there with the help of some food coloring.