When I was growing up in a small town in the panhandle of Florida, the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day meant I had to wear green to school (or risk being pinched) and that we decorated home room doors with shiny cardboard shamrocks. That was about the extent of it. It was not until I moved to Atlanta that I found out St. Patrick’s day was a big holiday for many and that some places even had parades to celebrate it. Who knew that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in American and not Ireland? History.com is full of interesting details about this holiday.
During our last visit there, we discovered a lovely café (Gallery Espresso) that serves up fresh gluten-free pound cake and cheesecake daily. I didn’t find Savannah itself to be particularly gluten-free friendly in terms of gluten-free dining options, but I have been to Paula Deen’s restaurant, after all. Paula Deen was only famous in Savannah back then. Often times I’ve thought how it might be a great thing for our community if someone like Paula Deen had to start eating gluten-free. Don’t misunderstand me – I would not wish celiac on anyone but 1 in 100 Americans have it. IF someone like Paula Deen had it, it could benefit our community in a big way. You know that woman isn’t going without her fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits or macaroni and cheese. Paula would surely come up with some of the most amazing gluten-free dishes on the planet – or at least in the South where what flour still reigns supreme in so many restaurant kitchens – including hers.
For those of you looking for some tasty gluten-free St. Patty’s Day recipes, here are some that you might find interesting. I’ve not made any of them but might have to make some Irish soda bread one of these days.
- Global Gourmet Potato Pancake recipe (use gluten-free flour to make gluten-free – you can find sixteen store brands, each selling various types of gluten-free flour, in the Grocery Guide)
- Teri at Gluten-Free Cooking About.com’s Irish recipe collection (that’s her Irish soda bread above)
- Betty Crocker Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage (use gluten-free beer to make gluten-free)
It you want to enjoy an Irish coffee on St. Patty’s Day, make it with pure distilled Irish whisky. If the whisky is distilled and there are no flavors added to it, it is considered gluten-free. *
Let us know if you have a favorite gluten-free recipe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
*References : Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide.