While Corned Beef or Irish Stew might be the main feast… try some of these favorite St Patrick’s Day Appetizers to get the party started.
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More Americans identify as Irish than the population of Ireland itself. Second, only to Germany, Irish heritage is strong in America with Northeastern states ranking highest. In fact, 21% of the population in Massachusetts claim Irish heritage.
St Patrick’s Day Appetizers
Find your Green, make some Irish Coffee, stream your favorite Irish music, and let’s celebrate with St Patrick’s Day Appetizers, comfort food, and more!
"There are actually quite a few naturally green snacks you can use in this board of St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers – pistachios, pesto, mint jelly, grapes, and zucchini. For the protein, I used Dubliner Cheese (it tastes likes a dry medium cheddar) and a pub cheese (horseradish-cheddar). Both of these are available at Trader Joe’s. For the meat, I used sliced ham and pastrami – a finger-food friendly version of corned beef (my mom’s favorite dish to cook this time of year). Add an ale or whole grain mustard and some fun gold-wrapped chocolate for the ultimate spread in St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers, right?"
"These easy Shamrock Veggie Skewers are a perfect St. Patrick’s Day appetizer for parties, and a fun, healthy after-school snack! Plus, if you happen to catch a leprechaun (lucky you!), you’ll know just what to feed him!"
“Kids can help make this dish and have fun doing it! This can also be made in a 9×13″ pan. This is good frozen and microwaved. Great to take in your lunch bag, to a picnic, or to a tailgate party! Enjoy!”
"Mash 4 tablespoons softened butter with 2 tablespoons each chopped parsley, scallions and chives. Spread the mixture on 4 slices white bread; top each with sliced Irish cheddar cheese and bread-and-butter pickles. Cover with 4 more bread slices. Spread plain butter on the outside of the sandwiches and fry in a skillet until golden on both sides. Spread the remaining herb butter on the warm sandwiches. Slice into quarters, then press the cut sides in more chopped herbs."
"I already see clovers popping up everywhere, which means that St. Patrick's Day is near. I wanted to make something green for St. Patrick's Day and finally settled on making spinach quiche. And for some extra luck, I decided to shape my quiches like 4-leaf clovers."
“I kept true to the Irish spirit with good Irish butter and, my latest obsession, Dubliner cheese. If you’ve never tried it, it’s creamy and buttery and sharp. Kind of halfway between a cheddar and a Parmesan. If you can’t find any then a good sharp cheddar will work fine but check out the cheese section of your market and you just might find it nestled among the cheddars. Either way, enjoy!”