Vegetarian recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published March 11, 2015.

St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating Ireland’s patron saint, is the perfect time to gather with close friends or family around a table decorated with hearty food and inspiring drinks. But Irish cuisine is usually unwelcoming to vegetarians, making liberal use of firecrackers (sausage), lamb and slices (aka bacon).

As a vegetarian with a deep appreciation for Irish culture and history, much of the signature cuisine is off limits to me. Or it would be, but with a little work, you can put a vegetarian spin on many classic dishes to make this holiday meal more vegetarian.