St. Patrick's Day Food

This year was my first time ever making green foods in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I got in the spirit of things after reading through many hubs on this topic. One hub in particular really caught my eye. Victoria Lynn's Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage for St. Patrick's Day strongly appealed to me and my taste buds! So, I set off to the fridge to see what I could come up with for today! The end result was tasty, hearty, and very green!

My spinach dip being served with a yummy buttery cracker.
My spinach dip being served with a yummy buttery cracker. | Source

Spinach dip

For an appetizer, I made a dip. I had a package of frozen spinach in my freezer and I found another hub that gave me the useful knowledge of a great way to use up some spinach.

In large bowl I combined:

1 package of frozen (or fresh) spinach

1 container of sour cream

Garlic powder to taste

Pepper to taste

Note:

*Many spinach dips include a hefty amount of fat, but no butter was included in this recipe above. However, the dip was served with some tasty and buttery Keebler Club crackers which makes up for the zero extra fat tidbit, and complements the dip nicely.

Dinner is served!
Dinner is served! | Source

A twist on the traditional meal

Corned beef and cabbage. Corned beef and cabbage. And... Corned beef and cabbage.

I know! I have heard it before that this meal is in fact what people like to have for St. Patrick's Day, so I changed it just a little.

I omitted cabbage for this dish, which you may find strange because this is a staple for lots of people on this holiday, but we're not huge cabbage eaters here, and frankly I've never cooked cabbage before and wouldn't know where to begin with that!

Ingredients:

4 large potatoes

1 small onion, chopped

1 tsp. pepper

3 carrots, sliced long

1 tsp. mustard

At least 1 cup water

Ham sliced thin

I added all ingredients into a large pot because I don't own a slow cooker. I did cook it on fairly low heat for about an hour. Then, I added thin slices of cooked ham to the top and let all the flavors combine while preparing my next course...drinks!

Midori Sour's for St. Patty's Day.
Midori Sour's for St. Patty's Day. | Source

Midori Sour's

When brainstorming green beverage ideas, I immediately ruled out adding green dye to something plain, like lemonade, to make an easy green drink. I wanted to be creative. Then it came to me. Midori Sour's are one of our favorite drinks around here, and they are the perfect color for today!

Ingredients for Midori Sour's:

1 oz or shot glass Midori (or to taste)

6 oz. Sweet and Sour mix (or to taste)

Ice

Green frosted cookies.
Green frosted cookies. | Source

Green dessert

I could have easily opted for the delicious mint chocolate ice cream for desert, but wanted to be a tad more creative. When rummaging through cabinets finding ingredients for today, I also found leftover green Wilton chocolates from Christmastime. They're still fresh and the perfect accessory to homemade chocolate chip cookies.

What to Do:

I simply melted the candy melts in a pan just like I did a few months ago when making little candies to give away for gifts.

I then drizzled the green candy (or meant to) over each cookie and allowed it to dry on top. The way it ended up, I more like frosted each cookie. If you want a thinner glazer I read that adding solid shortening would be exactly what you need to do that.

These frosted cookies are a great way to make a regular dessert a bit more festive for St. Patty's Day.


This was kind of a hosh posh kind of meal. It was randomly assembled, and at the last minute, too. But it was fun, delicious and an exciting way to pull together a new meal idea. Thanks hubbers for your great ideas too, because you surely were at the routes of my creative thinking.

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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Thanks alocsin. Same with me, I found so many great recipes, too, after St. Patty's day. Always next year though! We've got a whole year to prepare our green feast!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm sorry I missed these wonderful dishes for St. Patrick's. But now I know where to go when the next one comes around. Voting this Up and Useful.


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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Sunbun, that is true! Cupcakes complement everything well! I'm gonna make some soon, great to have around the house :)


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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Every holiday is better with cupcakes :) and also I have kids now, so I try to do more cooking, decorating and crafts and things for them.


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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi sunbun!!! Your cupcakes look awesome!! I think next year will be even more fun because I've learned so many cool ideas for St. Patty's Day!


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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Wow! Thanks for answering my question with some great ideas. Check back at the question for a picture of my creations...cupcakes!


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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Docmo!!! St. Patty's Day is so fun and I am part Irish, too, so I figured I had to prepare some yummy things to feast on! :) Thank you for stopping by and the kind comment!


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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi always exploring! Thanks for checking out my St. Patty's Day hub. I thought I'd be a teeny bit untraditional in preparing my meal for the day. Thanks for commenting!


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emilybee 4 years ago Author

Hi Deborah! Thanks for visiting and yes spinach dip is such an easy appetizer!!! Thanks for the comment and enjoy your belated St. Patty's Day meal!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Thanks for the great ideas. I'm having people over today for a belated St. Patrick's Day dinner and was trying to decide on an appetizer. Your spinach dip sounds like just the thing!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

All of your food looks delicious, esp' the corned beef and cabbage. The green cookies are a fun idea. Thank you for sharing..Cheers..HSPDAY..


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Wow, a complete menu for St Patrick's day. Loved the assembly, the recipes, the suggestions and the photos. I love Ireland and the Irish having had a few breaks down there. Happy St. Patricks day and Sláinte!!

voted up and awesome.

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