Time Saving Tips on St. Patrick’s Day Classics

Irish comfort food should be on everybody’s dinner menu for St. Patrick’s Day, but these foods may feel out of reach because they often take a lot of prep time. When you don’t get off work for the holiday, it can feel difficult to put together a classic menu. This year, turn to these time saving tips to get a meal on the table without cooking all day.

Make a soup ahead of time

A creamy potato-leek soup is the perfect way to start a St. Patrick’s Day dinner, and you don’t need to be afraid of the long cooking time. Just make the soup a day or two ahead, refrigerate it, and reheat it just before serving.

Cook corned beef in the slow cooker

When you can’t stay at home all day to prepare the classic corned beef and cabbage, just adapt the recipe for use in a slow cooker. Cook the corned beef in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, and finish it in the oven with the glaze for 20 minutes. While the corned beef is in the oven, move the cooking liquid to a pot on the stove and cook the cabbage in it.

Serve a salad

Rather than making a hot side dish, opt for a simple spinach salad, can be a great Healthy Living choice. Prepare the salad ahead of time and refrigerate it, and add some KRAFT Dressing just before serving.

Bake and freeze a rainbow cake

Add a punch of color to your table with a delightful rainbow cake. Up to two weeks ahead of time, bake the four layers simultaneously in round cake pans. If you have a convection setting, use it to help keep the temperature consistent for even baking. Once the cakes have cooled, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and freeze them. Pull them out the morning of St. Patrick’s Day and let them thaw at room temperature, then assemble and frost the cake in the evening.

Just an hour before dinner time is plenty of time to get a full St. Patrick’s Day recipes on the table, as long as you have done a bit of prep work ahead of time. Then the whole family can enjoy the bold flavors of Irish comfort food.