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Delicious Irish recipes for St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day is the traditional occasion to raise a glass of Guinness (or three or four.

St Patrick's Day is the traditional occasion to raise a glass of Guinness (or three or four...) to Ireland's patron saint.

But if you really want to celebrate in style, why not whip up an authentic Irish feast? Here, top chefs and food writers from the Emerald Isle and beyond share their favourite Irish-inspired dishes.

To start

Darina Allen's Ballymaloe brown yeast bread

A loaf that has been made by hand every day at Ballymaloe House for more than 60 years – originally for the family, and then for the guests

Boxty pancakes with a creamy chicken and leek filling 

A traditional Irish potato pancake, usually made with mashed and grated potatoes

Smoked trout pot with Guinness and treacle bread

A versatile recipe in which you can substitute almost any smoked fish for the trout

Rachel Allen's poached grey mullet with coriander vinaigrette

A fresh coriander vinaigrette transforms this simple but delicious fish dishCredit:Maja Smend

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The main event

Richard Corrigan's Irish Stew

Cold pickled red cabbage is a traditional accompaniment for this hearty stew

Clodagh McKenna's beef and Guinness stew

Make this the day before you want to serve it to allow the flavours to fully developCredit:KATE WHITAKER

Irish-style roast leg of lamb with a herb pesto 

A family favourite for the chef and food writer Cathal Armstrong 

Jameson whiskey Irish ribs recipe

A rich whiskey and beer marinade, with spices and chilli, can transform beef or pork ribs

Clodagh McKenna's beef and Guinness pies with chocolate 

The chocolate gives a silky smooth texture and deep richness to this sublime pie filling, and cuts across the bitterness of the stoutCredit: Tara Fisher

Slow-cooked red cabbage with apples and raisins

This side dish is great served with beef, pork or turkey, bringing its moisture and sweet flavour to the mixCredit:Tara Fisher

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Irish-inspired desserts

Diana Henry's Guinness, brown sugar and chocolate cake

A glorious sweet celebration with a buttercream filling and sour cream icingCredit:Yuki Sugiura

Chocolate, stout and ginger cake recipe

The addition of ginger gives a deep spiciness to this cake that is irresistibleCredit:Andrew Crowley

Salted caramel whiskey bread and butter pudding 

This salted caramel whiskey sauce is addictive and could also be poured over ice cream to make an Irish sundae

Lavonda’ s buttermilk pie

A simple dessert made with a vanilla-scented sweet pie crust

Rachel Allen's apple custard fool

Light, fluffy apple stirred through sweet vanilla-scented custard and served with crumbly, buttery shortbread biscuitsCredit:Maja Smend

Diana Henry's raspberries with basil and buttermilk sherbet 

If you don't want to splash out on raspberries then go for blueberries, and some lemon thyme would be good for the syrup rather than basil

Rachel Allen's Barmbrack (báirín breac)

A traditional Irish sweetened bread that's delicious toasted and buttered