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Fun Things to Serve on St. Patrick's Day

Updated on May 29, 2011

Celebrating the Green

It's that time of year again when green clovers spring forth in open show-case windows and fast food joints bring back their shamrock shakes. It's that time-honored tradition when you round up friends for another St. Paddy's celebration, needing no excuse to eat, to drink green beer or to be very merry!

However you opt to celebrate your eating and drinking o' the green, it's the Irish-inspired recipes that are the fun things to serve on St. Patrick's Day that will keep your wee leprechauns delightfully returning for more!

Each year I am inspired to start my day with some favorite classic Irish songs and glimpse a parade on tv while I relax over a fantastic St. Patrick's Day breakfast and a mugful of hot irish green tea.

My favorite fun thing to serve on St. Patrick's Day morning comes straight from Seussville: Green Eggs and Ham a la Sam-I-Am!

Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe


2 cups vanilla ice cream

1-1/4 cups low fat milk

1/4 teaspoon mint extract

8 drops of green food coloring


1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high speed until smooth.

2. Serve in 12 ounce glasses with a straw.

Green Eggs and Ham a la Sam-I-Am


1-2 tablespoons of butter or margarine

4 slices of ham

8 eggs

2 tablespoons of milk

1-2 drops of green food coloring

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

Things You'll Need

large frying pan, medium size mixing bowl, spatula, knife, wire whisk or eggbeater, serving plates and aluminum foil


1. Over medium heat melt a teaspoon of butter in a large frying pan. Add slices of ham and brown until the edges are slightly crisp. Remove the ham from the pan, cover with aluminum foil and set aside.

2. Combine the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in the medium-size mixing bowl. Beat the mixture until frothy, then add 1-2 drops of green food coloring until reaching your desired shade of green.

3. In a large frying pan over medium heat, slowly heat a tablespoon of butter or margarine until it begins to sizzle. Then add the egg mixture into the pan.

4. Keep stirring the egg mixture with a spatula until the eggs are firm and not too runny.

5. After transferring the eggs to individual plates garnish each with a sprig of parsley and add a slice of ham that you prepared earlier.

Feeds 4. Serve with rainbow toast or irish soda bread. Recipes to follow.

Rainbow Toast


8 Slices White Bread

1-2 cups of Milk

Food Coloring (Red, Yellow, Green and Blue)

Things You'll Need

4 Dixie Cups and Basting Brushes


1.  Fill Dixie cups halfway with milk

2.  Add a different food color to each cup

3.  Brush stripes of colored milk onto bread

4.  Toast Bread

Feeds 4. Two slices of toast/person. 

Rainbow Toast tastes even better with Leprechaun Butter (butter tinted with green food coloring)

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread


2 Cups White Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Cup White Sugar

2 Eggs

1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk

3/4 Cup Raisins

1 Tablespoon Caraway Seeds

Things You'll Need

2 Medium Size Mixing Bowls, Mixer, Large Spoon, Round Cake Pan, Knife


1. In mixing bowl combine flours, baking soda, salt and sugar.

2. In separate bowl combine eggs and buttermilk. Pour into dry ingredients and blend slightly. You just want the dough moistened so don't over beat.

3. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds with a spoon.

4. On a floured surface knead dough several minutes.

5. Place kneaded dough in a round cake pan. With a knife slice an X on the top of the loaf.

6. Bake at 350o for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

An Old Irish Proverb

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Saint Patrick's Day

The Chicago River is dyed green each year for the St. Patrick's Day celebration, shown here in 2008.
The Chicago River is dyed green each year for the St. Patrick's Day celebration, shown here in 2008.

More Fun Irish Recipes to Serve on St. Patrick's Day

Eat Like an Irishman.  Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee made with coffee, sugar, whipped cream, and whiskey.


* 2 teaspoons sugar, or to taste

* 2/3 cup hot brewed coffee

* 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey

* whipped cream, sweetened if desired


Combine first 3 ingredients; top each cup with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Lime Green Jello Shots

Jello Shots a.k.a. jello shooters are inexpensive, and easy to make. An alcoholic treat that is colorful and fun! Jello shots are great fun for celebrations and parties. (for adults only)


2 Cups Boiling Water

1 Large (6 oz.) package of Lime Jello (not sugar free)

6 oz. Cold Water

* 10 oz. Hard Liquor

Things You'll Need

Small plastic cups, large mixing bowl, and cooking spray


1. Boil two cups of water. While the water is boiling, set out the plastic cups and spray a little bit of cooking spray into the bottom of each cup.

2. Open the box of jello and pour into a large mixing bowl.

3. Slowly add the boiling water while stirring to dissolve the jello. Once you have added all the water, continue stirring for another minute or so.

4. Add the cold water, followed by the alcohol. Stir.

5. Place the jello shot cups into the refrigerator for about two hours.

6. Take the jello shots out of the refrigerator. Enjoy and have fun!

* Tips: Vodka is the most popular liquor used for jello shots, but there are many other flavors that you can use. Experiment to see what works best for you! You can use any flavor of jello, so long as it's not sugar-free. I chose lime green jello for this recipe for St. Patrick's Day.

Warning: Please use with caution and do not take shots and drive. Be responsible.

Magical Leprechaun Pudding

Magical Leprechaun Pudding is a yummy snack for St. Patrick's Day and can also be used as a great little science experiment for the kids too!


white vanilla pudding

yellow and blue food coloring

green sugar crystals

Things You'll Need

ziploc baggies




Spoon some vanilla pudding into ziploc baggies. Add a few drops of yellow and a few drops of blue food coloring to the pudding. Zip the bag closed and let each kid gently squish the bag until the "magic" begins. The pudding will start to change from white/yellow/blue to green. After the pudding magically changes, cut a small hole in the corner of the baggie and squeeze the pudding into a cup or bowl. Add a dallop of whipped cream and sprinkle with green sugar crystals and enjoy!

Leprechaun Pizza

Leprechaun Pizza


1 tube jumbo biscuits

1 cup alfredo sauce

mozzarella cheese

cooked broccoli

bacon bits

cheddar cheese


green food coloring

Things you'll need

cookie sheet



Remove biscuits from tube and flatten enough to fit 8 biscuits on a cookie sheet

Color 1 cup of alfredo sauce with a couple drops of green food coloring (til you get desired color)

Spoon colored alfredo sauce over each biscuit.

Cover the sauce with as much mozzarella cheese as you like.

Sprinkle bacon bits on the cheese.

Place a couple of broccoli pieces on top each biscuit.

Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and parsley.

Bake at 375o for 10 minutes or until biscuits are done.

Shamrock Ice Cream Sandwiches


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      susan 5 years ago

      Wow! I love it!Thanks For the Great Tips…..Very informative Post of yours…I seriously get some useful and extra knowledge for this…!!!Well done..!!

      Keep posting..!

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      Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

      You're welcome luckycharm4me, glad you enjoyed it.

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      luckycharm4me 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the green river picture.... that is just awesome.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      lol compu-smart, I completely understand why. Maybe that's why you came here; to be reminded! ;)

      Lupo, it looks strange doesn't it! They call it a modern day miracle. The tradition of dyeing the river was born after they discovered that the orange dye used to detect leaks magically turned green after the dye was in the river for just a few seconds and it was not just any green, it was the perfect irish green. Many other cities have tried this but have been unsuccessful. Here is the link if you are interested in learning more about this miracle:

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      Lupo 8 years ago from Boston Area

      I can't believe they die the river green. That looks very strange!

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      Compu-Smart 8 years ago from London UK

      Hi Dottie1,

      If there is one person in this world that understands why im a bit behind with the present time and dates its you!! lol

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      GOOD NEWS! Compu-smart you didn't miss St. Patrick's Day which is the 17th of March next Tuesday and you can thank the Lord cuz he's keen that you eat your green!

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      Compu-Smart 8 years ago from London UK

      Great hub Dottie and Doh! I missed St Patricks day! and thank the lord I did as Im not keen on anything green unless it's a plant!

      Not keen on geen veg either but they have to be eaten!! so say ever doctor on the land!! lol

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Christoph:  Thanks for stopping by and enjoying the eatin o' the green! Have a fun St. Paddys!

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Hi, Dottie: Great recipes for the whole day, mornin, noon and night. What a fine lass ye are. I'll be enjoying these during the wearin o' the green!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Take it easy on these things G-Ma and save one for me! I'll have to bring my jammies cuz there's no drinkin and drivin! Yeah, Happy St. Paddy's! Hic Hic... Hug Hug... and Peace!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Yeah now I have the recipe for Jello shots...just heard about them this year and was wondering how to make them thanks sweetie..Hic Hic...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you Lgali for passing through and leaving some good words!

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      Dottie,thanks for this good hub

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Eddie....WOW, I didn't expect such a thorough answer to my question but WOW I LOVE it...and I should have known! Thank you eddie, take care now!

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      Eddie Perkins 8 years ago

      Well Dottie, you pose an interesting question for me. 

      I’m not sure I would want red or white because of how Isaiah 1:18 reads "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord,"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. NKJV

      Green is not my favorite color although I understand God gave us lots of green and blue to calm us.  None of the other colors you mention really appeal to me either for a river.

      I think the color I would prefer would be this one. And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Revelation 22:1 NKJV

      And I plan on seeing it along with you and so many other precious friends and family.

      Again, let me thank you for the prayer request and it has been posted. ~ eddie

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Well Eddie, maybe they will think of dyeing it one of the following colors for  Easter.  Which one of these colors do you think the river should be dyed next, Eddie?....

      1 - RED: this color is associated with the blood that Jesus Christ had shed for mankind. Thus the color red is a symbol of love and sacrifice for goodness of humanity.

      2 - WHITE: this Easter color signifies purity and grace.

      3 - GREEN: the color green brings ray of hope. Green is the color of grass.

      4 - PURPLE: Easter color purple is indicative of royalty. It is said that the color purple brings wealth.

      5 - YELLOW: it is the color that is related to the brightness of sun. It’s a color that brings joy and happiness.

      6 - BLACK: it is the color that indicates the evil side. To put it other words, we can say black signifies darkness.

      7 - ORANGE: it is the color that represents hope. It is associated with the dawn of day.

      8 - PINK: Easter color pink indicates fresh beginning.

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      Eddie Perkins 8 years ago


      Now this is good – a green river.  What will they think of next?

      I enjoyed the read and pictures.

      Thank you. ~ eddie

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      It just goes to show, you can dye anything from soup to nuts and mashed potatoes to the river! I'll have to try both! lol Thank you for dropping by and commenting.

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      Pcjunkychick 8 years ago from USA

      Magical Leprechaun pudding that is so cute!

      I had no idea they dyed the river either that's awesome! :)

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      My uncle was always partial to green mashed potatoes.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you Patty for your nice comments and for the thumbs up!

      Anna - I wait all year too for the shamrock shake.  I have a recipe for one now but got so hungry last night while working on this hub and I left to go get food before I finished posting all the recipes.    I'll have to go back and include the shamrock shake now! 

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Justmesuzanne - hahahaha I loved your comment to Theresa.  Thanks for passing through in spirit!

      Hey Ripplemaker Michelle - I'd be honored to serve my sis all the yummy stuff you long for!  I'm glad you learned some about the Irish today.  They are a fun group to celebrate with.  Yes, St. Patrick's Day, just another reason to come and visit! LOL

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent hub!!! You have included some great recipes, and I love the pics of the Shamrock Shake!!! I love those things, and wait all year until I can get them again!! Thank you for including the "sobering fact" graphic!!!! Very good information for everyone to see!!!!

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Wonderful, colorful, lively, and fun. Great Hub and Thumbs Up.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Angel Dottie, I enjoyed reading your hub and I can't wait for you to serve me all these yummy looking food! I bet they taste great too. LOL We don't celebrate St. Patrick's day and I am thankful for these hubmobs which is giving me a lot of information on the Irish traditions. :-) Have a wonderful treat Sis!

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      Lots of great ideas! Thanks!

      Theresa, Chocolate Mints are Green in Spirit! :)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Dayzeebee, Irish coffee and shamrock ice cream sandwich coming right up super speedy fast delivery on it's way.  I don't know the answer to your question, Dayz but maybe I'll find out when I finish reading "A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day".   Thanks for visiting.  I always love the chat!:)

      VioletSun, I think I'm making everyone hungry today including myself. I even got to hungry to finish. Will have to add the rest of food later.

      Chicago has been dyeing the river every year since 1961, that's alot of years. Did you also know that Indianapolis also dyes its main canal green and Savannah dyes its downtown city fountains green. We'll have to get friends together someday and check them all out. LOL

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Dottie: I am on semi-fast this week, and this is making me hungry, LOL! My ex is Irish, and I learned a lot about the Irish culture, very colorful one!  BDW, had no idea about the Chicago river being dyed green on St.Patrick's day. Fun!

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I second have made me hungry...Okay please deliver some of that Irish coffee and shamrock ice cream sandwhiches quickly before they melt.LOL. Gee I never realized St. Patrick had a lot of food merchandise going around or is it the Leprecauns who had their pot of gold invested on various merchandise? Thank you for educating me once again:)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks Mike :) Good to hear from you, and same to ya, ladd!

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      OK -- lol, stop, already: this hub made me hungry. Do they make green chocolate?

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      mikethesalesman 8 years ago

      Top'o the mornin'to ya, lass, Dottie!