8 Green Recipes To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to celebrate by making a savory or sweet meal to enjoy with friends and family. But if you want to take St. Patrick’s Day to the next level, then make your meals cohesive by adding a little “green” on your menu. Here are eight green recipes to make to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:
1. Irish Potato and Leek Soup
Get your party started by adding an Irish leek and potato soup to your menu. It’s a traditional dish that’s great for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since it naturally includes greens. The celery stalks and leeks are the main ingredients that give this traditional Irish soup its light-green color. It’s also a simple recipe to try. You can get it done in three easy steps that involve cooking all the main ingredients in a large stockpot, making your own croutons and topping it off with crispy bacon.
2. Green Eggs and Corned Beef
Start your morning off by celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a plate of green eggs and corned beef. It’s a unique twist of a ham omelet and great alternative to the traditional corned beef and cabbage dish that includes arugula pesto, corned beef and eggs. Thanks to the arugula pesto, this festive and savory omelet makes eating green on St. Patrick’s Day a possibility. The pesto gives the omelet its color and offers a savory taste to delight your palate with touches of pine nuts, parmesan cheese and lemon juice.
3. Spinach Pesto and Pasta
Put some pizazz in your party by adding a zesty shrimp penne and pesto dish to your celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This dish is ideal for pasta and seafood lovers and a great way to add green to your St. Patrick’s Day dinner menu. The baby spinach and peas in this seafood dish add a natural hue of green to your menu. Make this dish with easy-to-find ingredients, such as minced garlic, peas, baby spinach, penne, fresh basil and shrimp that’s already deveined and peeled. You’ll also want to have extra virgin olive oil, shredded Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, black pepper and Kosher salt on hand. Garnish it with red chili flakes to give it the perfect finishing touch.
4. Irish Creamed Kale
Bring the luck of the Irish in your home with a plate of Irish creamed kale. This yummy recipe is a unique take on creamed spinach and is a quick recipe you can whip up in your kitchen with a few ingredients. All it calls for is one bunch of shredded kale, shredded spring onions, cream and butter. You’ll also need salt and pepper on hand for taste. The green from the kale will make this side dish a showstopper to make your dinner table look like a field for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
5. Colcannon With Savoy Cabbage
Enjoy making a traditional Irish meal on St. Patrick’s Day by trying your hand at making colcannon with savoy cabbage. The savoy cabbage easily adds shades of green to your dish for making your day feel more festive. you can count on it being filling thanks to its fiber-filled cabbage and potatoes. You can add more green to this dish by adding shredded kale, too.
6. Broccoli in Beer Batter
Add instant green to your menu for St. Patrick’s Day by making a beer-battered broccoli dish. Broccoli is naturally green but when you combine it with a tasty beer batter, it takes this side dish up a notch. You’ll only need to whisk the beer with a pinch of salt, some flour and chopped parsley. Go for an Irish imported beer for an authentic taste or opting for a malty draft beer for your batter base. It’s an easy recipe to make since you only need to coat your broccoli florets with your beer batter and fry it.
7. Cabbage Rolls With Corned Beef
Make an easy appetizer with a twist to a traditional Irish dish by making cabbage rolls with corned beef. The bright green cabbage leaves are large enough to make a statement on your table for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Rye bread strips help give this recipe its shape while the mayonnaise and Savoy cabbage leaves help hold it all together. Parsley, whole-grain mustard and dill also add flavor to this savory dish. Just wrap the cooked cabbage around the strips of corned beef and rye bread filling and enjoy a tasty snack.
8. Green Cake
If you have a sweet tooth, then try adding in a hint of green to your dessert bar for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with a green cake. You can create a colorful cake by baking a white or vanilla-based cake mix and filling it with lime-green gelatin in the cake. You only need to poke holes in the cake once it cools so the gelatin has a place to settle uniformly. Top it off with vanilla frosting with green sprinkles.
You can also turn this recipe into cupcakes by pouring the batter in a muffin pan instead of a cake pan. Use green baking cups and decorate it with a black belt and gold buckle. You can also change up the look by using green icing to make the color pop against your decor. For a bonus dessert recipe, try making mint green chocolate chip brownies.
Whether you want to throw a huge party or just enjoy a simple brunch with friends, adding green to your menu for St. Patrick’s Day will make your guests feel the luck of the Irish. Just try making these green food recipes to make your meals look festive for the holiday.