St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. It exists in my life solely for the purposes of wearing green and eating yummy food. Every March 17th, instead of eating corned beef and cabbage for dinner like everyone else, we have an Irish Fry. And I look forward to it more than almost any other meal of the entire year!
Our Irish Fry tradition started with my mom’s little brother, Steve, decades ago. He spent a few years living in Ireland when he was in his early 20’s, and he noticed that corned beef and cabbage weren’t eaten nearly as often as he’d thought. What did turn out to be a very popular meal among the Irish people was a huge, satisfying breakfast feast–the Irish Fry! There can be lots of different components of an Irish Fry–toast, soda bread, bacon, potatoes, tomatoes, even mushrooms!–but ours always consists of hashbrowns, fried eggs, sausage links (we especially love the maple-flavored ones), toasted and buttered english muffins, and baked beans. With the addition of the baked beans, it might strike you as a slightly weird combo, but I cannot put into words how delicious it is. It might sound crazy, but I think about it all year!