These Irish Thanksgiving dinner menu Ideas are just what you need to celebrate the holiday with some Irish flair! There's no boring pumpkin pie or dry turkey on this menu. Just some fantastic Irish-inspired appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts that will make your Thanksgiving extra special!
Irish Inspired Thanksgiving Recipes
You're not the only one that gets tired of eating turkey 3 days in a row. Yes, the classic Thanksgiving recipes are delicious, but why not add an Irish twist to give everyone something to get excited about?
These Irish-inspired recipes are made for sharing and will make a beautiful addition to your holiday spread. You'll have a Thanksgiving get-together like no other with these fabulous dishes on the menu!
- Irish Inspired Thanksgiving Recipes
- 1. Irish Soda Bread
- 2. Potato Leek Soup
- 3. Irish Nachos
- 4. Irish Boxty
- Main Course
- 5. Shepherd’s Pie
- 6. Irish Lamb Stew
- 7. Corned Beef and Cabbage
- 8. Oven Roasted Turkey
- Side Dishes
- 9. Colcannon
- 10. Sweet Potato Colcannon
- 11. Guinness and Irish Cheddar Mac and Cheese
- 12. Irish Cabbage
- 13. Sausage, Sage, & Onion Stuffing
- 14. Irish Coffee
- 15. Irish Apple Cake
- 16. Irish Soda Bread Pudding
- 17. Irish Barmbrack
- 18. Baileys Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 19. Irish Oatmeal Cake with Caramel Pecan Frosting
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For Irish Americans, Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to get together with family and friends to enjoy some good food (and good beer)! It's all about the company, but an incredible meal never hurts. These Irish Thanksgiving dinner menu ideas are here to help you pull it off!
1. Irish Soda Bread
You can butter it, you can dip it, you can use it to sop up gravy, this 4-ingredient bread can do it all! Even if you've never made bread before, this one is hard to mess up.
2. Potato Leek Soup
An inviting cup of warm potato leek soup is a great way to start your dinner. Top it off with crispy bacon and some chives and you'll want to lick the bowl.
3. Irish Nachos
Irish nachos are classic bar fare that replaces tortilla chips with thinly sliced potatoes! You can add all your favorite nacho toppings and customize it to your liking.
4. Irish Boxty
These crispy potato pancakes are a staple of Irish cooking. The inside is soft and fluffy while the outside is golden and crispy!
This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes.
5. Shepherd’s Pie
This savory meat and potato pie is comfort food at its finest. If you don't have lamb, you can easily swap it for ground beef in this recipe. It would then be a 'cottage pie', but delicious nonetheless!
6. Irish Lamb Stew
This hearty lamb stew will fill your belly and warm your soul. It's full of chunky vegetables and melt-in-your-mouth tender lamb meat that has been simmered for over an hour.
7. Corned Beef and Cabbage
This classic corned beef and cabbage is some good old-fashioned Irish home cooking. It's even got Guiness in it, it doesn't get more Irish than that!
You can make it on the stovetop, in the crockpot, or in your Instant Pot. No matter how you cook it, the results are delicious!
8. Oven Roasted Turkey
No matter your heritage, turkey is always a suitable main course on Thanksgiving. This oven roasted turkey recipe is a tried and true classic that yields delicious results every time.
Try making some turkey gravy from scratch to really impress your guests!
Colcannon, or Irish mashed potatoes, are mixed with extra butter and cream as well green onions and leafy greans (like kale, Swiss chard, or cabbage). If you are a mashed potato fan, you will surely love this creamy Irish recipe. In fact, you may prefer it!
10. Sweet Potato Colcannon
This Emerald Isle spin on mashed sweet potatoes is full of greens and plenty of cream and butter. Not to mention, a pinch of cayenne pepper for good measure!
11. Guinness and Irish Cheddar Mac and Cheese
The combination of sharp Irish cheese, Guinness beer, and Dijon mustard makes for a fiercly flavorful macaroni and cheese! It's indulgent and creamy with an optional breadcrumb topping that I highly suggest you try.
12. Irish Cabbage
Similar to fried cabbage, this Irish cabbage is a savory vegetable side dish that will be right at home on your Thanksgiving table. This cabbage is boiled instead of fried, but it still has plenty of bacon flavor!
13. Sausage, Sage, & Onion Stuffing
This classic sausage, sage, & onion stuffing slices beautifully. It also has fresh apples and plenty of butter for added flavor!
14. Irish Coffee
Irish coffee is a great after-dinner drink to sip on. It's warm and sweet, and the caffeine helps you put off the after-Thanksgiving nap.
If sweet drinks aren't your thing, a glass of Irish whiskey neat will also do the job.
15. Irish Apple Cake
This moist apple cake is one of my favorites to make (and to eat). The smooth and creamy vanilla custard sauce is downright heavenly, though you can enjoy the subtly sweet apple cake without it.
16. Irish Soda Bread Pudding
Remember the easy no-knead bread from the beginning of this list? Turn it into a fabulous bread pudding!
It's covered with a luxurious crème anglaise made with Bailey's Irish Cream. This dessert will be a new family favorite for sure.
17. Irish Barmbrack
This homemade raisin bread is surprisingly easy to make and makes your house smell wonderful. It's similar to fruit cake.
You don't even have to wait to serve this bread at the end of the meal if you don't want to. Just make sure you have plenty of butter!
18. Baileys Chocolate Chip Cookies
These perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookies are always a hit. The addition of Baileys Irish Cream gives them a subtle flavor that isn't found in classic chocolate cookies. These will quickly disapper, so be sure you make plenty!
19. Irish Oatmeal Cake with Caramel Pecan Frosting
You can't go wrong serving this delectably moist oatmeal cake this Thanksgiving. It has a rich stove-top caramel pecan frosting that perfectly complements the spiced cake and ties it all together!
I hope your family enjoys these Irish Thanksgiving dinner menu ideas as much as mine does! Let me know which recipes were your favorite in the comments below!
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Irish Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas: Irish Lamb Stew (+More Delicious Recipes To Try!)
- 1 ½ lbs lamb stew meat (or use lamb shoulder or thick cut shoulder chops, cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch chunks and trimmed of fat)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon each, salt & pepper (to taste)
- 4 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin - divided into 2 portions of 2 tablespoon each)
- 1 large yellow onion (rough chopped)
- 2 tablespoon parsley (fresh, chopped)
- 5-6 carrots (medium sized, rough chopped)
- 6 ribs celery (rough chopped)
- 6 cups beef broth (use more or less, as needed to cover your stew ingredients)
- 3-4 medium red potatoes (or russet potatoes - chopped)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 sprigs thyme
- In a medium bowl, coat your cut lamb stew meat with flour (start with half the ¼ cup of flour) and season with salt and pepper. Bring the first 2 tablespoon portion of the olive oil to medium high heat in a large stock pot or heavy bottomed dish (like a dutch oven).1 ½ lbs lamb stew meat, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon each, salt & pepper, 4 tablespoon olive oil
- Brown the floured lamb meat on all sides (dust the browning meat with the remaining flour if you would like your stew broth to be thicker), then remove from the pot and set aside. *Do not worry about the browned bits sticking to the bottom of the pot, this is the base of a great stew!
- Add the second portion of 2 tablespoons olive oil into the pot and sweat the onion until beginning to get translucent. Add remaining ingredients: chopped parsley, carrots, celery, broth, potatoes, bay leaves, and sprigs of thyme. Return the seared lamb to the pot, stir, cover, and bring to a boil.4 tablespoon olive oil, 1 large yellow onion, 2 tablespoon parsley, 5-6 carrots, 6 ribs celery, 3-4 medium red potatoes, 2 bay leaves, 2 sprigs thyme, 6 cups beef broth
- Once a slow rolling boil is reached, reduce the heat to low and cook at a low simmer for approximately 90 minutes (timing will vary depending on your meat portion, the chunk size, etc.) or until your lamb meat is very tender when forked.
- Remove bay leaves and thyme stems before serving.
- Other vegetables that would be a wonderful addition: turnips, parsnips, fennel, leek, shallot, or peas.
Oven (Oven Braised) Instructions
- *To make your Irish Lamb Stew in the oven (oven braised method), follow the directions in the recipe: use an oven safe dish (preferably a dutch oven), preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) while browning the lamb meat.
- Once all of the ingredients have been combined, cover your lamb stew and place in the oven. Bake for about 1 hour, or until lamb meat is very tender when forked.
Slow Cooker & Crock Pot Instructions
- **To make your Irish Lamb Stew in a slow cooker or crock pot, for best results follow the directions including coating the lamb with flour, seasoned with salt and pepper, and browned in a dutch oven (or frying pan). Transfer browned lamb stew meat to your 6 quart slow cooker, scraping as much of the 'fond' from the bottom of the pan along with the juices from cooking the meat.
- Add the onion, potatoes, carrots, celery, chopped parsley, bay leaves, sprigs of fresh thyme, and beef broth. Cover and cook on low setting for eight hours.
- To skip the pan searing, place flour coated lamb stew meat in the bottom of the slow cooker (OR sprinkle flour over the lamb meat after it has been placed into the slow cooker).
Instant Pot & Pressure Cooker Instructions
- ***To make your Irish Lamb Stew in an instant pot or pressure cooker, follow the directions for coating your lamb meat with flour and seasoning with salt and pepper. Set your instant pot to saute and brown the lamb stew meat, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of the beef broth, stir and scrape any browned bits into the liquid. Add the remaining beef broth along with the chopped parsley, bay leaves, and sprigs of fresh thyme. Close and seal your instant pot, then cook on high for 30 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients: onion, celery, carrot, and potatoes, then re-seal the instant pot and cook on high for 10 minutes. When the timer beeps, let your lamb stew rest 7-10 minutes.
- If your lamb meat is not fork tender, return your stew to high pressure for an additional 5 minutes.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!