Looking for the perfect meal to round out your St. Patrick’s Day celebration? A St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Board with corned beef, bangers and mash, veggies, and pretzels could be just the thing! This hearty and delicious feast, which is sure to bring your family together, is rich in flavor yet easy to make.
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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Board
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St. Patrick’s Day is a widely celebrated holiday – and if you’re not Irish, you can become an honorary Irish person for the day!
This St. Patrick’s Day platter is a fun way to serve a celebration dinner that the whole family will enjoy.
Charcuterie boards of all kinds are very popular right now, and these days the words “charcuterie board” are used as a catch-all for any type of food served on a board or platter.
You can call the presentation of the Irish food in this post a St. Patrick’s Day dinner board, a St. Patrick’s Day charcuterie board, or simply an Irish dinner platter – it’s all fine!
The delicacies for the dinner board are part homemade and part store-bought, but you can do all of one or all of the other if you like.
We have shared a simple recipe for corned beef, and there is a recipe for onion gravy to serve with the bangers and mash too.
The mashed potatoes are from a packet mix, and the pretzels are ready-made.
You can adjust the side vegetables to your personal preference.
So why not make yourself one of our St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails and read through to see how to set up this fantastic Irish dinner board!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
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Ingredients Needed For St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Board
- Fresh Produce – Onions, Baby Carrots, Baby Potatoes, (English) Cucumbers, Green Bell Pepper, Peas (fresh or frozen), Parsley
- Protein – Corned Beef Brisket*, Irish Sausages (or Brats)
- *Depending on where you live in the world you will need to buy either a
- Corned Beef Brisket (US) – which often comes with a spice pack or
- Brined Beef Brisket (UK) – which you should be able to find in Kosher butchers and some supermarkets too. I found that Ocado sells Gilbert’s Kosher Salt Beef Brisket
- Dairy – Salted Butter
- Pantry – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Black Pepper
- Dark Beer – we used Guinness.
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- White Granulated Sugar
- All-Purpose Flour – also known as Plain Flour.
- Beef Broth/Stock
- Instant Mashed Potatoes – of course, you can make your own mashed potatoes from scratch.
- Pretzels – you can buy them ready-made, make them from a Pretzels Baking Mix or make pretzels from scratch with our recipe.
- Small Pickles
- Spicy or Grain Mustard
The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card at the end of this post.
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Equipment Needed For This Recipe
- Dutch Oven – a thick-walled cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. In the UK this would be a cast iron casserole dish with a lid that can be used on the stovetop.
- Large Saute or Frying Pan
- Medium Sauce Pan
- Sharp Knife
- Chopping/Cutting Board
- Mixing Bowls
- Large White Platter – but you can use a wooden board or even a tray if that is what you have at home.
- Ramekins – for serving mustard and sauerkraut on the board, or you could use mini cauldrons for a whimsical touch!
- Charcuterie Utensils – knives, tongs, spoons, etc. You will need them for guests to pick up foods from the dinner board, as well as utensils to eat with.
Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use cups and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American US customary, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. Please note, that you can mix cup measurements with weighted measures, but never mix US customary/imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, liters, etc.,).
More Recipes Using Sausages
One of the hero ingredients in this dish is sausages, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Recipe for Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes and White Beans
- Slow Cooker Sausage Stew with Roasted Peppers & Chickpeas
- Bratwurst Skillet with Apples & Vegetables
- Sausage Minestrone Soup
- Sausage and Bean Bake with Potato Topping
How Do I Set Up A St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Board?
The printable recipe card with the full ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.
We used a Large Rectangular Ceramic Platter but you could use any shape you like – adjust the elements to fit as required.
You could also use a wooden board or glass platter if you already have one, or, like they do on TikTok, lay out some parchment paper on the table or counter and place everything directly there!
Use our photos as a guide for the placement of all your Irish delicacies.
Step 1 – Prepare Condiments: Fill two ramekins (or mini cauldrons) with sauerkraut and mustard and place them in the top left corner of the board.
Fill a hollowed-out green bell pepper with cooked peas, and place it in the top left corner behind the condiments.
Step 2 – Main Dish Placement: Add the mashed potatoes in a rough rectangle in the bottom left corner of the board and make a well along the middle with the back of a spoon. Add onion gravy and sausages on top of the potatoes.
Slice the corned beef and lay the slices in a row across the board.
Step 3 – Add Side Vegetables: Pile the potatoes and carrots next to each other below the corned beef.
Add the sliced cucumber and small pickles between the condiments and top of the corned beef.
Step 4 – Finishing the Board: Place the pretzels in the top right corner of the board, and garnish the food with a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy!
- In photography and design, odd numbers work best, as does an ‘S’ shape. Place your items with this in mind to help please and lead the eyes around the board.
- Start with placing bowls (for sauces, and smaller foods) on your board and build around them.
- Place larger and medium-sized foods onto the board first, and consider placing them towards the edges for structure.
- Arrange items in uniform patterns on the board.
- Fill in all available space – abundance looks the best when it comes to charcuterie boards. (A minimal approach can also work, experiment with your own aesthetic!)
- Group the same items together, but also spread them out on the board, for example, if your board feeds 16 people, group the items together in different areas.
- Try to keep similar colors separate if possible, and break up pale-colored foods with bright ones, like fruits, for example.
- Don’t forget the garnish for both the board and the surrounding area. For the holidays use cinnamon sticks or sugar-frosted fruit as decor on the charcuterie plate. Use linens, flowers, herbs, and other decorations to elevate the beauty of your charcuterie board.
More Irish Recipes
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Storing Leftovers & Freezing
- Storing Leftover Corned Beef: Cool (within 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight container, and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Freezing Corned Beef Instructions:
- Cool the corned beef (within 1-2 hours).
- Wrap in a double layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil to help prevent freezer burn and keep out unwanted freezer smells. Place on a flat surface in the freezer.
- Label with the name of the dish, thawing/reheating instructions, and the date to keep track of your food storage.
- Corned Beef will last in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
- To defrost the corned beef, unwrap it completely and place it in the fridge to thaw overnight (or at least 12 hours). Use within 2 days of thawing.
- Reheat until piping hot throughout.
- Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart for Cooking
- With all leftovers, make sure the food looks and smells okay before consuming.
- You can always consult the Food Standards Agency in your country for the most up-to-date advice on storing and freezing foods: Food Standards Agency (UK) | Food Safety (USA).
Printable St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Recipe Card
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For the Corned Beef
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 lbs (1.3kg) corned beef brisket
- 2 (11.2oz/330ml) bottles of Guinness
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups baby potatoes
- Salt and pepper
For the Bangers
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 6 Irish Sausages
- 2 (11.2oz/330ml) bottles of Guinness
For the Onion Gravy
- 1 Tbsp salted butter
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1½ tsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour (plain flour)
- 1½ cups beef broth/stock
For the Sides
- 3 cups baby carrots
- 1 cup peas
- 2 (4 oz/100g) packages of instant mashed potatoes
- ¼ cup sauerkraut
- ¼ cup spicy grain mustard
- 1 green bell pepper, top off and seeds removed
- 2 English cucumbers, sliced into rounds
- 12 small pickles
- 6 pretzels
- Handful of parsley, chopped, for garnish
- To make the corned beef, heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat and sear all sides of the brisket.
- Pour in the Guinness and water to cover the top of the beef. Sprinkle over the spice packet and cook over medium heat for 2½ hours.
- Add the baby potatoes to the dutch oven and cook for a further 1 hour.
- Transfer the cooked corned beef to a plate, cover, and keep warm.
- Place the potatoes in a medium-sized bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover, and keep warm.
- To make the bangers and mash, spray a large saute pan with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium-high heat.
- Sear the sausages on all sides, then add the beer.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes until the sausages are cooked through. Cover, and keep warm.
- To make the onion gravy, heat the butter in a large frying pan, then add the thinly sliced onion and sprinkle with sugar.
- Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the onions are soft and lightly caramelized.
- Add the flour to the onions and stir to combine.
- Add the beef broth to the onions and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and leave to simmer gently until thickened. Remove from the heat, cover, and keep warm.
- To prepare the sides, boil or steam the carrots and peas until tender. Make the mashed potatoes as directed on the package.
- To set up the dinner board, fill two ramekins with sauerkraut and mustard, and place them in the top left corner of the board.
- Place the bell pepper next to the ramekins and fill it with peas.
- Spread out the mashed potatoes in the bottom left of the board, making a small well along the middle with the back of a spoon, and add the onion gravy. Place the sausages on top of the mashed potatoes and gravy.
- Cut the corned beef into slices and lay them in a row across the board.
- Pile the potatoes and carrots below the corned beef.
- Place the sliced cucumber and small pickles above the corned beef.
- Finally, add the pretzels to the top right of the board.
- Garnish with a sprinkling of chopped parsley. Serve and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 737Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 2005mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 10gSugar: 13gProtein: 32g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
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- Soup: Beer Cheese Soup Recipe
- Salad: Iceberg Lettuce Wedge Salad with Bacon & Blue Cheese Dressing
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