It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and you want to celebrate with your favorite food, pizza. While pizza isn’t typically Irish, you can add a few things to make a special St Patrick’s Day pizza to enjoy the holiday. So gather your friends and family to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with pizza and fun.
We have put together our best ideas for making pizza Irish for the day!
Soda Bread Crust
Soda bread is a type of bread popular in Ireland. It uses sodium bicarbonate as a leavening agent instead of the traditional yeast. Irish soda bread is made from the basic ingredients, wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and sour milk or buttermilk.
Soda bread was a staple in Irish households when times were tough, and yeast was not readily available. Soda bread is a dense bread that is the perfect base for an Irish pizza.
To make soda bread pizza dough:
- 3⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1½ cups whole buttermilk
Mix the dry ingredients together, then make a hole in the center and add the buttermilk. Mix until it creates a dough. Press the dough in a square baking dish, similar to a baking dish, to make Detroit-style pizza. Add your favorite toppings and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It will resemble the consistency of focaccia.
To keep with the St. Patrick’s Day theme, add some green to your pizza with spinach leaves cut into shamrocks and green peppers for crunch.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza
Nothing says Irish like a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. But, did you know you can add that same combo to a pizza? Make your St. Patrick’s Day special by making corned beef and cabbage pizza. This St. Patrick’s Day pizza is easy with this yummy recipe.
Use your favorite homemade dough or store-bought dough or crust. Then you will need.
- 3 cups of chopped cabbage
- 1 small chopped onion
- 1 small potato thinly sliced
- 1 cup of cooked corned beef chopped
- 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
Sauté the onion with butter for a couple of minutes, add the cabbage and vegetable broth and let simmer for ten minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
Next, spread mixture on dough in layers. The first layer is the cabbage. The second is the Swiss cheese. The third is the sliced potatoes. And, lastly, the corned beef. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 Fahrenheit.
If you want to show your true Irish colors use the soda bread dough as a base for this St. Patrick’s Day pizza.
Potato and Rosemary Pizza
Potatoes are famously a staple in Irish history. The hearty potato has been a key player in the Irish diet for many years. It grows well in the rugged Irish countryside and adorns many dishes. We are going to show you how to celebrate the humble potato in a deliciously simple homemade pizza. All you need is:
- 5 yellow Idaho potatoes thinly sliced
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- ½ cup Parmegiano Reggiano
Slice the potatoes as thin as you can. The best way to get that super thin cut is to use a mandoline slicer. Add the slices to a bowl, cover them in olive oil, and sprinkle in the salt. Mix them well, so all of the slices are coated.
Place the slices on your favorite pizza dough base and sprinkle with rosemary. Bake for around 20 minutes at 450 Fahrenheit and then take out and sprinkle the Parmesan and return to the oven for another five minutes.
Leprechaun pizza is a great way to go green on St. Patrick’s Day. For leprechaun pizza, you will need to make your own pizza dough. We add some spinach to the dough to make it a green base. Follow this dough recipe to make this festive pizza base:
- 5 oz. fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 pkg. active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 jar of pesto
Boil the spinach for five minutes, and then let cool. Squeeze out excess water and put it in the blender or food processor. Mix together the other ingredients to make the pizza dough, and then add the spinach mix. If the dough is too wet, add more flour to get the consistency right. Let the dough rise for 1-2 hours.
Roll out the dough and spread pesto as a base. Next, sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on the pizza. Add green peppers that are cut into rings. Layer the rings to make a fun design.
Add a few dollops of soft goat cheese and bake at 425 Fahrenheit for twenty minutes. Voila, you have yourself a leprechaun pizza to enjoy on this St. Patricks Day.
Rainbow Pizza for St Patrick’s Day Pizza
Now you have a leprechaun pizza, and you know where you can find leprechauns, at the end of the rainbow, of course. So let’s make a rainbow pizza for good luck on this St. Patrick’s Day.
This is a simple pizza that you can make with any type of pizza dough. You can even get the kiddos involved and make rainbow personal pizzas.
You will need:
- Pizza dough
- Pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
Don’t forget the colors of the rainbow.
- Red – cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, pepperoni
- Orange – orange bell peppers, orange cherry tomatoes
- Yellow – yellow bell peppers, yellow zucchini, pineapple
- Green – green bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli
- Blue – since there aren’t many blue foods, you can use mushrooms in blue food coloring or black olives
- Purple – purple onion, purple cabbage
Add sauce and cheese to your pizza base, then make a rainbow with the toppings. We like to do half a rainbow and use yellow zucchini coins on the other half to resemble the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
St. Patrick’s Day pizza isn’t complete without a tall pint of the Irish delight, Guinness. If Guinness is a bit too strong for you, check out our beer and pizza pairing guide to find the right beer to accompany your St. Patrick’s Day pizza.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Try one of our recipes for St. Patrick’s Day pizza, and let us know what you think.