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The 10 most popular St. Patrick’s Day dishes

For St. Patrick’s Day, you want shepherd’s pie — and corned beef, shamrock shakes and cabbage rolls.

According to Yahoo, searches for Irish food recipes soar as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. The phrase “Irish food” alone received an 820% boost, while recipes for corned beef and cabbage jumped 685%.

Get in the spirit by hunting down popular and traditional meals. Here are the top 10 Irish-related food searches of the past week.

1. Shepherd’s Pie

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This humble meal is a classic, full of hearty meat and potatoes, and baked into a thick bready crust.

2. Corned Beef

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“Corned” refers to a process where the beef is cured in a brine solution. It’s more of an Irish-American dish (the traditional Irish dish is bacon), and is the stateside meat of choice.

3. Irish Soda Bread

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The popular bread, made with baking soda (hence the moniker), is a simple treat and jumped 212% in Yahoo searches.

4. Corned Beef Brisket

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This tender option is one of the top corned beef recipe searches of the week.

5. Green Eggs and Ham

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Dr. Seuss’ fictional meal (from the book of the same name) has nothing to do with Ireland, but people still love it because it’s green, the color of choice for the holiday. It jumped 997% this month.

6. Cabbage Soup

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Second only to the potato, the cabbage is a widely devoured vegetable in the Emerald Isle. Cook it in some boiling water and voilà: soup.

7. Cabbage Rolls


Another way to consume cabbage is to wrap its leaves around fillings, such as meat and vegetables.

8. Shamrock Shake

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McDonald’s capitalized on the St. Patrick’s Day hoopla by creating the “Shamrock shake,” a minty green milkshake that rolled around every March. It’s a cult favorite that only makes an appearance in the fast food chain every once in a while, and received a 75% spike in online searches this week.

9. Corned Beef Hash


Yet another way to serve corned beef, the search term was plugged into Yahoo 194% more than usual.

10. Fried Cabbage


If you don’t like the leafy green veggie boiled or wrapped around fillings, just fry it up.

BONUS: Lucky Charms

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The sugary sweet cereal with a toe-tapping leprechaun mascot is a perennial favorite, with Yahoo searches “spiking off the charts,” according to the site’s rep.

By Yohana Desta. This article originally appeared on Mashable.