Monday, March 15, 2010

GF St. Paddy's Day-A Complete Guide To a Festive Day!

**Pic from St. Paddy's Day CookBook

"St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March, 17th every year for over a thousand years.  This holiday is named after Saint Ptrick (circa A.D. 387-493), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.  It began purely as a Christian Holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600's.  However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.  It is a public holiday on the island of Ireland; including Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  It is also widely celebrated in places where there aer large numbers of Irish Immigrants and their offspring-this includes Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Austrailia, New Zeland and Monserrat, among others". (*quoted from

For more information and child-friendly information on St. Patrick's Day visit:

As a Jew I am not to familiar with the meaning of St. Patrick's Day, however I do partake in the festivities. I can't drink Green Beer, because Green Beer is never offered as gluten-free, but usually in NYC I find SOME bars that do have at least one beer that is gluten-free.  Of course this means that I have to be extra wordy with a bartender in a very loud bar about being gluten-free and asking (usually) him to show me the ingredients in a loud bar filled with people dressed in green.  Don't get me wrong, I love the festivities this holiday has to bring.  It's celebratory, festive, fun and you get to dress up ridiculously and it's "okay" to proceed in a unusual manner.  It's great!  In NYC people parade on the streets drunk out of their minds, every bar open is crowded with people at all hours of the day and then when you have drank enough green beer you head over to a friends house to eat a steaming hot crock pot filled with cabbage and irish bacon or roast beef.  

I started to celebrate this holiday when I moved to NYC.  I was the one who bought all of the green accessories!  I couldn't just buy one, I had to get an entire wardrobe of accessories in green.  Green necklaces, green necklace shot glasses, green hats, green crowns, green bracelets-you name it I would buy it, and for my friends too.  Everyone has to be festive!

But it's not so festive when you can't join in on the fun and drink Green Beer with your buddies or girlfriends, or beer for that matter, and then whomever you are speaking to at a bar, you have to explain why you can't have gluten and in a loud bar, that is hard to do and then after all is said and done you become the party pooper!

Well, no more I say!  There has got to be something we can enjoy on St. Paddy's day!  For this post I did a bit of research on the meaning of St. Paddy's Day and some gluten free options for us all.

 Gluten Free Beer Recipe Suggestions:

Green Gluten-Free Beer from by -Rita_.  Substitute in gluten-free beer such as O'Brien Brown Ale , O'Brian Pale Ale and O'Brian Premium Lager with a review on taste.

Gluten-Free Beer Suggestions:

Red Bridge by Anheurser-Busch

Bard's Tale by Bard's Tale Beer Company

New Grist by Lakefront Brewery

Green's Endeavour by Green's Gluten Free Beers

St. Peters by St. Peter's Brewery

Hambleton by Hambletonales Ales

Messagere by Messagere Red Ale

Rampo Valley by Rampo Valley Brewery

Sprecher  by Sprecher Brewery

I found this great post on gluten free beer reviews.  It's a must read!  Find out what beers are fruity, nutty, what gluten-free ingredients they are made from and what the calorie content is.  Need a gluten-free beer review? Click HERE
For more Obscure beers check out this site for gluten free beers made in spain, England, Austrailia, Italy, Canada, UK and places in the U.S. like Wisconsin, Milwaukee and MN.

These are beers I have never heard of, but I am not the biggest beer drinker.  Check them out!
Ambar Celiacos found in the U.K.

Birra 76 BiAglut found in Italy (*Website in Italian)

Green's Mission, Green's Pathfinder and Green's Quest all are suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians

 Nick Stafford G.F.A. , Nick Stafford G.F.L. and a  review on taste

O'Brien Brown Ale , O'Brian Pale Ale and O'Brian Premium Lager with a review on taste.

And If you are still looking for more, don't forget to check out Triumph Dining's Gluten Free Beer list.  Most is the same that I have listed, but they give some great descriptions on taste and flavor.

If you happen to be in Boulder, CO, don't forget to check out this new crafted beer called New Planet Tread Lightly Ale.

And if you happen to be in Montana check out this Bar for some gluten-free beer.

Spiked Gluten Free Coffees and drinks: 

Coffee with Bailey's and Kahlua from by rsarahl.  *Bailey's has GLUTEN!!  There is usually barely malt in the ingredients.  For this drink just use Kahlua. **Caramel coloring is found in both Kahlua and Baileys.  Caramel coloring does have gluten in it, but is under 20ppm.  According to the FDA, if a product is 20ppm or less then it is considered 'gluten-free'. To those that do not have a sensitivity to foods containing less then 20ppm, enjoy.  To those that cannot even tolerate gluten unless it's under 5ppm, then steer clear from this drink and beverages associated with it.

St. Paddy's Day Foodie Recipes:

Roast Beef Cottage Pie from the gravy for gluten free gravy like Maxwell's Kitchen Gravy Mix.

Simple Corned Beef Crock Pot from by Diananumber2-substitute the yellow mustard for gluten free mustard used with apple cider vinegar-just check the ingredients.  This recipe is naturally gluten-free.

Slow Cooked Corn Beef from by Basicook-if you are sensitive to white vinegar then use apple cider vinegar. This recipe is naturally gluten-free.

Irish Colcannon Winter Vegetable Casserole from by Miss. Annie-this recipe is naturally gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread from by Teri Gruss, MS

Sandwich Soda Dill Onion Bread from

Irish Soda Bread  from

Gluten-Free Crackers St. Paddy's Style: 

Dr. Schar's Table Crackers from

Dr. Schar's Crisp Bread from

Mrs. Crimble's Original Cheese Crackers from

Glutino Original Table Crackers, Cheddar Crackers, Multigrain Crackers and Vegetable Crackers can be found at Whole Foods,, at other health oriented grocers.

All recipes I have researched are recipes that I truly believe in, and know just from reading the ingredients that they will be worthy eating.

Enjoy your St. Paddy's Day!



1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3/16/2010

    Oh wow, great post! Thanks for the recipes!!


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