St. Patrick’s Day is a day all about celebrating the culture of Ireland. What better way than to enjoy some of the iconic flavors of the Emerald Isle!

If you are planning a feast of Irish food this year, try some of these fun bean twists on classic St. Patrick’s Day food from Randall Beans and some of our other favorite recipe makers.

White Bean, Sausage and Turnip Green Stew

Full of vibrant color and rustic ingredients, this recipe from MyRecipes evokes all the big flavors you want from a St. Patrick’s Day stew. Irish food is known for its Earthy ingredients (potatoes, onion, leeks, turnips, etc.), many of which are included in this stew.

Great northern beans add a richness and creaminess that perfectly balances the smoky and spiciness of sausage. For even more St. Patrick’s Day flair, dice up a potato and toss it in the pot as well!

White Bean Colcannon

Is there a dish that says Ireland more than colcannon? Traditional made consisting of mashed potatoes made with either kale or cabbage, this recipe is a Randall Bean twist on things by adding great northern beans.

The recipe combines the classic Irish dish and gives it more fiber, protein and nutrients while having fewer carbs. But don’t worry, you won’t be sacrificing taste with this combo! You can use either cabbage or kale. Cabbage is a more classic colcannon ingredient, but she uses kale as a slightly healthier substitute here.

Shepherd’s Pie with Great Northern Beans

When it comes to Irish recipes, shepherd’s pie is as classic as it gets. Moist beef, fluffy mashed potatoes, tender vegetables… this St. Patrick’s Day favorite is as good as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The only thing that could make it better is beans.

Great northern beans add nutty, Earthy notes to the recipe’s pallet while adding great texture with their plump and creamy exterior. Shepherd’s pie is such a deceivingly simple recipe and also a great way to repurpose leftover mashed potatoes.

Corned Bean and Cabbage Burgers

For a unique and vegetarian-friendly take on St. Patrick’s Day food, look no further than this recipe from Healthy Helper: St. Patrick’s Day bean burgers! Garbanzo beans, rough chopped cabbage and applesauce (the secret weapon) form to make the patties, that perfectly pack fresh herbs and flavors inside.

St. Patty’s Day may fall on a time of year where it may be a little too cold for outdoor grilling, but never fear, this recipe was made to taste just as delicious made in your oven. Put it them in a bun, straight on a plate or alongside mashed potatoes and your other favorite sides, this recipe is tasty no matter how you eat it.

Some of the best recipes have ties to Europe, like these St. Patrick’s Day recipes. For more great old school bean recipes, download your copy of our free cookbook Old World Beans.

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