Prepare for St. Patrick’s Day With Help From King Kullen

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The local grocer shares tips on preparing for everyone’s favorite Irish holiday.

All the ingredients for traditional and creative St. Patrick’s Day recipes can be found at King Kullen Grocery Co. Visit the nearest store to stock up on corned beef, potatoes, cabbage and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Essentials

Choosing the right cut of corned beef is a difficult decision for many but it comes down to personal preference. Corned beef comes in two cuts: point cut or flat cut. Point cuts are rounder and have more marbling. Marbling gives the corned beef more flavor and juiciness due to the fat. Flat cuts are leaner and easier to slice.

When selecting potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day dinner, be sure to look for potatoes that are firm and do not give. Avoid potatoes with dark spots and sprouts, as these could mean they are decaying. Look for potatoes that are clean, smooth and unblemished. Minor blemishes are fine and the potato is still safe to eat. Potatoes should smell faintly of soil since they are grown in the ground but should be clean on the surface. When storing potatoes, keep them in a dry location that is also dark, cool and ventilated until they are ready to be used.

When selecting a cabbage, look for one that is bright in color. Greens should be bright and shiny. Avoid any cabbage that is discolored, blemished, or has dark spots. A cabbage should be firm to the touch. If it’s soft, the cabbage may be rotten on the inside. Leaves on a cabbage should be crisp and tightly pressed. Avoid ones where many leaves are undone.

Irish Soda Bread Recipes

Irish Soda Bread is a St. Patrick’s Day staple. Enjoy homemade Irish Soda Bread ( with this simple and easy recipe. Flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, butter, buttermilk, raisins and eggs are the only ingredients needed in a classic soda bread recipe.

Short on time? Find Irish Soda Bread available in King Kullen’s bakery, baked fresh daily and available with or without caraway seeds.

Make Irish Soda Bread French Toast ( for breakfast using slices of soda bread. Soda bread is dipped in an egg, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg mixture then placed in a skillet until golden. Drizzle with syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon. Prepare Irish Soda bread for the adults with this recipe (; whiskey is used in this mixture to coat the soda bread before cooking.

Recipes for Leftovers

Get creative this year by trying these leftover recipes when the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations end.

Put corned beef leftovers to good use by making corned beef sandwiches, paninis and Reubens. Pick up pizza dough from King Kullen’s Bakery department, top it with leftover corned beef and cabbage and pop it in the oven.

Get creative with leftovers for every meal of the day. Start your morning with Corned Beef Eggs Benedict ( or add it to a breakfast hash. Enjoy every bite; this is pure creamy comfort food at its finest.

Make Reuben Empanadas

( for friends and family to dig into for lunch. This is a delicious way to use up any extra corned beef. Just grab sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Puff Pastry Sheets.

For snacking, try these Reuben Style Irish Nachos ( What makes these nachos Irish Style? One, they’re topped with corned beef. Two, crispy waffle fries are used in place of chips. Who can say no to that?

Upgrade Taco Tuesday dinner plans with Corned Beef Tacos ( These tacos are topped with Creamy Cabbage Slaw and homemade Thousand Island Dressing.

Go Shopping
Shopping for St. Patrick’s Day is easy! Just visit the nearest King Kullen store to find everything needed for these festive recipes.

About the Company:
Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as America’s first supermarket. Michael J. Cullen opened the doors of King Kullen in 1930. Today, four generations later, King Kullen is still family owned and operated. It remains a leader in the supermarket industry. From that very first store in 1930, King Kullen today operates 32 supermarkets and five Wild by Nature stores across Long Island. In addition to traditional grocery, King Kullen features a large catering and prepared foods department, freshly-baked breads and sweets, and healthy and organic areas, with pharmacies and online shopping in many stores as well.

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