Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Festive Foods for St. Patrick's Day


Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!
We dress in green, drink green beer, and eat traditional Irish dishes. Traditional foods for St. Patrick’s Day include Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew, Soda Bread, Guinness Beer, and Irish Coffee. Recipes rely heavily on potatoes and cabbage, corned beef, and lamb, Reuben’s, Irish whiskey and Irish Cream liqueurs.

Here are a few more festive foods to eat on St. Paddy’s Day:

Breakfast:
Lucky Charms Cereal and milk, green tinted Scrambled eggs and ham, shamrock shaped toast, pancakes, and French toast with green tinted butter or whipped cream, and green tinted oatmeal.

Lunch:
Potato soup, split pea soup, shamrock shaped sandwiches, salad, lime Jell-O with green vegetables or fruits, Rainbow Fruit Kebob: Thread a skewer with the following fruits: watermelon or strawberry slice, orange slice, pineapple or banana chunk, kiwi slice or green grape, blueberry, and purple grape, green pasta, green tinted egg salad or cottage cheese, Lucky Clover Salad: Place a glob of green tinted cream cheese on a plate and arrange 4 slices of cucumber and one celery stick into a clover shape.

Dinner:
Traditional foods: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew, Soda Bread, Corned Beef Hash, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Banger Sausages, and variations of these. Beef Dishes with green tinted mashed potatoes, green beans or peas. Chef Salad or Rainbow Salad: lettuce, tomatoes, cheese slices, and shredded purple cabbage, carrots, ham, and turkey, cucumber slices. Stuffed Green Peppers.

Drinks:
Irish teas, Irish coffees, green beer, Guinness Beer. Green tinted milk, milk shakes, ginger ale, 7 Up, Sprite, Beer. Make green tinted ice cubes. Green Gatorade and green Kool- Ade. Grasshopper cocktails and Appletinis.

Desserts:
Shamrock shaped cookies, green decorated cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. Pistachio Pudding. Lime Jell-O and lime Jell-O cake. Grasshopper Pie. Mint or Irish Cream flavored desserts.

Snacks and Appetizers:
Green tinted Rice Crispy Treats, green apple slices, spinach dip and crackers or soda bread chunks, potato skins and roasted potato wedges and cheese sauce, celery sticks frosted with green tinted cream cheese, guacamole dip, green tinted popcorn balls, green tinted deviled eggs: add a little green food colored to water when boiling, and vegetable plate of green pepper slices, celery sticks, green onions, broccoli, and olives with dip.

Erin Go Braugh! Ireland forever!

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