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Surprise! Green is not Original Color of St. Patrick + Awesome Potato Pancake Recipe

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Trivia about St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day and my newest Potato Pancake Recipe

Who was the man behind St. Patrick’s Day? He wasn’t even Irish.  The real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish.

He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves.

What’s more, Patrick professed no interest in Christianity as a young boy. At 16 he was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in Ireland for seven years.  While he was there, he converted to Christianity. He eventually wound up back in Ireland, was ordained and spent the rest of his life converting the Irish to Christianity.

The St. Patrick mythology includes the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland.

There were no snakes in Ireland, but since snakes represent evil, the  symbol is that he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland and brought in Christianity

Color Green

Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue!  It became green  because Ireland is green all year.

It is said that it also brings good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick’s Day.

Celtic Cross

Saint Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture, because of his time as a slave there. When Patrick went back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity, he was successful because he didn’t try to make the Irish forget their old beliefs. He combined their old beliefs with the new beliefs.

One example of this is the Celtic Cross. Saint Patrick added the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that the new symbol of Christianity would be more natural to the Irish.

Shamrock. “Shamrock” is the common name for three-leafed clovers native to Ireland.

The shamrock was chosen Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity.

Patrick demonstrated the meaning of the Three-in-One by picking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his listeners. He told them that just as the shamrock is one leaf with three parts, God is one entity with three Persons


The “new twist” on this recipe is using refrigerated or frozen hash browns. You can use fresh potatoes, peeled and shredded if you like. Be sure and squeeze out all the moisture if you use frozen, thawed or freshly peeled. I love using the refrigerated hash browns. So simple and fresh and ready to use – no draining required.


1 bag refrigerated hash brown potatoes, OR 1 pound plain shredded frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed and drained very, very well OR fresh potatoes, peeled and shredded and drained

1-2 green onions, sliced very thin (optional but good)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons flour

Salt and pepper to taste


Mix everything together. Put mounds of mixture in a hot skillet coated with oil.  Flatten the mounds out with a spatula. Fry until golden brown on each side. 



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