3 Bakeware Must-Haves for St. Patrick's Day

Corned Beef Cabbage with Carrots and Potatoes Whether Irish blood runs in your veins, or you just can’t get enough of the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, planning an Irish-themed meal this March 17 is a...

Corned Beef Cabbage with Carrots and Potatoes
Corned Beef Cabbage with Carrots and Potatoes

Whether Irish blood runs in your veins, or you just can’t get enough of the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, planning an Irish-themed meal this March 17 is a must for those who love global cuisine. If you’re going with some of the staples, you’ll probably make dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and shepherd’s pie. While you’re shopping for ingredients, shop for bakeware; the best recipes require the best pots and pans.

Dutch Oven

After making corned beef and cabbage in a Dutch oven, you’ll never go back to cooking it in another pan. The Dutch oven is a thick-walled pot (typically cast iron) that you can use both in an oven and over a campfire for a juicier, better-marinated flavor with meat and vegetable dishes like corned beef.

Loaf Pan

Irish soda bread requires a loaf pan that will allow the dough to cook thoroughly until just the right shade of brown without burning or sticking to the pan. Although you can make the dish in a rounded pan, the loaf pan is the ideal size for this traditional Irish side dish.

Casserole Dish

Make Irish dishes such as shepherd’s pie in a quality casserole dish. Whether you opt for glass or ceramic, the casserole dish is a versatile piece of bakeware; you can even use it for heating leftovers to give them a fuller flavor you can’t get with the microwave. Get a clear casserole dish so you can see the layers of meat, veggies and potatoes in your shepherd’s pie as you spread them.

Your cupboard is probably stacked with pots and pans, but it doesn’t hurt to take inventory. Chipped and rusted bakeware is not only a pain to clean, because messes are more likely to stick, but it’s also not as effective at bringing out the full flavor as the newer varieties. Whether you’re aiming to recreate a traditional Irish dish like corned beef and cabbage or you simply want to bake green-colored cupcakes, make sure your bakeware is up to the task.