St. Patrick's Day Brunch: How The Irish Do Breakfast

green eggs and hamrocks by Graham Ballantyne on Flickr

"green eggs and hamrocks" by Graham Ballantyne on Flickr

While “Kegs and Eggs” has become a “traditional” way to kick off St. Patti’s Day celebrations, I couldn’t help but wonder: what is really a traditional Irish breakfast?  There’s sure to be more to it than Irish coffee or green beer before noon.  I had a feeling meat and potatoes would be included, but what else?

As it turns out, a “Full Irish Breakfast” looks something like this:

In Ireland, as elsewhere, the exact constituents of a full breakfast vary, depending on geographical area, personal taste and cultural affiliation. Traditionally, the most common ingredients are bacon rashers, sausages, fried eggs, white pudding, black pudding, sometimes liver, and brown soda bread, normally accompanied with black tea and milk. Potato cakes, baked beans, fried tomatoes and mushrooms are sometimes included. Toast is now commonly served as an alternative to brown soda bread. (wikipedia)

So on St Patrick’s Day, if you really want to get in touch with your Irish side (which we all seem to have on the 17th of March), you now know what to cook up.

And if you’re celebrating around DC on Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus have you covered on the many festivities around the area, as does Metromix DC.  As for me, I’ll be celebrating in NYC, so you’ll just have to let me know how the DC party turned out!

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