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How to Make a Budget-Friendly 5 Course St. Patty's Meal

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate this fun holiday than by preparing a five-course Irish meal for you and five of your friends? Fill up those stomachs with delicious foods before a full night of clinking glasses in your favorite pub. You know we’re all about ways to save money too, so we’ve made sure to gather up the most budget-friendly sizzling Irish dishes we could find to throw a real St. Patty’s party in style!

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If you already have basic spices and staples like flour and butter in your kitchen, the rest of these ingredients won’t break the bank if you shop smart.

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Irish Soda Bread

Although soda bread didn’t originate in Ireland, it is most identified with Irish culture and tends to be a staple in their hearty dinners. To make this tasty bread, you will need the following:

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour ($3.29 for a bag)
  • 1 ¾ cups of all purpose flour (staple)
  • 1 ½ cups of buttermilk (staple if you’re in the South- otherwise it’s less than $1.64 for a bottle)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda (staple)
  • 1 egg (staple)
  • 1 tsp of honey (staple)
  • Pinch of salt (staple)

 

So if you happen to have all those staple items on hand, you’re only looking to spend about $4.93 to make a delicious loaf of soda bread. If this feeds six people, you’re only spending 82 cents per serving.

Let’s get to the recipe now! Preheat your oven to 375ºF and lightly grease a 9”x5” bread loaf pan. In two separate bowls, mix all of the dry ingredients in one and then the wet ingredients in another. Once fully mixed, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the wet ingredients while mixing. When the dough is sticky but firm, put it in the bread pan and bake for 35 minutes. When it’s done, allow it to cool on a wire rack before slicing. Serve with butter.

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Pub Salad

To make a traditional Irish pub salad, think of Ireland’s flag to influence your ingredient choices: lots of green with touches of orange and white will make an awesome salad for your guests. Here’s what we suggest using:

  • Fresh greens mix ($2.94 for a bag)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese ($2.50 for a bag)
  • Fresh green beans ($1.65 per pound)
  • Boiled eggs ($2.94 for a dozen, you should have plenty left over)
  • Colorful grape tomatoes ($2.35 for a container)
  • Tarragon dressing ($4.19 for a bottle)

 

That adds up to $16.57 for a salad, but if you consider how many people it will feed, it comes to around $2.76 per person for a party of six -- not bad at all!

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Potato Soup

Time to warm up that belly! Classic Irish potato soup is so easy to make and gentle on the wallet. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (staple)
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced (staple, but also only 98 cents per pound)
  • 3 leeks sliced ($3.32 per pound)
  • 3 large potatoes peeled and cut into ¼ inch chunks ($2.55 for 5lb bag)
  • 3 cans of chicken broth (staple, but also 99 cents per can)
  • 1 tsp of salt (staple)
  • ¼ tsp of pepper (staple)

 

That rounds up to about $9.85 (depending on whether or not you need some staple items), which equals about $1.64 per serving for your entire table. Here’s how to make the soup:

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in the onion and leeks, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the potatoes, cover again and cook for 15 more minutes. Then stir in the broth, salt, pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until potatoes are soft. After it has slightly cooled, blend it all up in a food processor and heat it when ready to serve!

 

Beef & Guinness Stew

Alright, time for the main dish! Stews are wildly popular in Ireland and we approve because nothing feels as heartwarming as a meaty stew full of veggies. Here’s what you’ll need for our favorite traditional version of this great meal:

  • 2 lbs of beef chunks (typically fluctuates at around $4.98 per pound)
  • 1 onion, chopped (98 cents per pound)
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped ($1.24 per pound)
  • 2 carrots, chopped (67 cents per pound)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced (staple)
  • 5 oz of beef stock (staple)
  • 16 oz of Guinness ($3.29)
  • Salt and pepper (staples)
  • 1 bay leaf (staple)
  • ¼ cup of flour (staple)

 

In total, the stew costs about $16.14, which comes down to $2.69 for each person at the table. Your guests won’t be leaving hungry! Here’s how to make it:

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pot and brown the meat. Remove and cover. Now add in the onions, celery, and carrots to cook for a few minutes. Add your meat back in and throw in the garlic. Pour in the stock, Guinness, bay leaf, and season to taste. Simmer for about 90 minutes. When finished, add in the flour to thicken the gravy and serve. Yeah, it’s that easy. We love the Irish!

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Apple Crumble Cake

To top off your savory night, dessert has to be in order. This apple crumble cake is sure to hit a sweet spot at your dinner party. Here’s what you’ll need:

For Cake:

  • ½ cup of butter (staple)
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar (staple)
  • 2 eggs (staple)
  • 2 cups of flour, sifted (staple)
  • 1 tsp baking powder (staple)
  • Pinch of salt (staple)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (staple)
  • 1 large apple, peeled and sliced ($1.00 per pound)

 

For Crumble Topping:

  • ¼ cup butter (staple)
  • ¾ cup sugar (staple)
  • ¾ cup flour (staple)

 

If you’re a regular baker, this cake will only cost you about dollar to make -- super cheap! If you’re not a regular baker or need to stock up on a few items, it would still cost you less than $10. Hopefully you have these items on hand though!

Here’s how to make the cake:

Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease a cake pan. First beat the butter and sugar for the cake in a large bowl. Then add the eggs one at a time and mix. Now fold the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until the batter is thick. After that you can stir in the apple slices and pour the batter into your pan. Mix together all the crumble topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of the batter. Now bake for 40-45 minutes and let cool. Enjoy!

 

We don’t know about you, but we’re drooling just thinking about these dishes. Depending on what items you already have on hand, you could potentially only be spending $8.16 per person for a party of six people. We dare you to find a 5-course meal at a pub for price!

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