St Patricks Day Appetizers:
You can also check here for some more great St Patrick's Day appetizers and snacks (all of 'em are green!) or here for delicious Irish St. Patrick's dinner recipes.
Festive Green Caramel Apple DipWhile the apples you use for this St Patricks Day appetizer can be both green or red (apples are a great choice for St. Paddy's, as they're a traditional Celtic food), the dip itself should be bright GREEN! Use a food coloring paste for the best --and greenest-- results.
Recipe serves about 8-12, and can be made up a day or two ahead-- easy stuff! Just be sure to sprinkle your apple slices with lemon juice if you cut them ahead of time (to keep them from browning). The taste of this is surprisingly caramel-y with just the addition of brown sugar and vanilla.
16 oz. cream cheese, softened (low-fat works okay)
1 1/2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Green food coloring, as needed
Instructions: 1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat for about 2-3 minutes, until well mixed and sugar is mostly dissolved. Beat in green food coloring, as needed.
2. Chill at least two hours before serving. Stir or beat one more time before scooping into your serving bowl.
St. Paddy's Special Green HummusIf you're looking for a more adult St Patricks Day appetizer without a bunch of food coloring in it --or just want something that tastes fabulous-- this is definitely the ticket!
Creamy and flavorful, this St Patricks Day appetizer is wonderful with veggie dippers, pita chips, tortilla chips, you name it. Too good!
Serves about 8.
2 C. frozen chopped spinach
1 1/2 C. boiled edamame (remove shells)
2 (12 oz.) cans chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and liquid reserved
2-3 cloves garlic (or to taste)
1/2 C. tahini
1/4 olive oil
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4-1/2 C. reserved chickpea liquid (as needed)
Instructions: 1. Thaw the spinach and drain it fairly well. It doesn't need to be bone dry, but it shouldn't be TOO liquidy.
2. Place spinach, edamame beans, chickpeas, garlic, tahini, olive oil, lemon, salt, and red pepper in the bowl of your food processor. Process until creamy, thick, and well combined.
3. With processor running, add your reserved chickpea liquid until your hummus reaches your desired consistency.
4. Add the pepper. Pulse the processor to incorporate it.
5. Chill for at least an hour before serving. Better 4 hours or overnight.
Irish Nachos St Patricks Day AppetizerThis is by far the most decadent, rich, and sinful St Patricks Day appetizer on this page. But it's also the one that you and your guests won't be able to stop eating.
Set out a huge plate of these "nachos" (What makes them Irish? The potatoes, of course!) and watch them disappear. Serves about 10.
To make them a little extra Irish, definitely opt for the corned beef. It's delicious! You can also sub regular fries (thicker wedges are better) if you can't find waffle fries.
Variation: For a fun variation of this recipe, top it with guacamole, too! It's green, it's St Patricks-y, and it tastes great with this recipe!
2 pkg. frozen waffle fries, or about 8 cups
3-4 C shredded Irish Cheddar
1/2 lb. sliced deli corned beef, chopped, or
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked crisp, drained and chopped
1-2 C. sour cream, to taste
1-2 C chopped green onion (green parts only), to taste
Instructions: 1. Cook up your fries according to the directions on the package. You'll want them crisp, so leave them in the oven a little extra if you have to.
2. Adjust heat on oven to 400 degrees F.
3. Evenly distribute cheese and either corned beef or bacon over the cooked fries. (You may need to do this in two batches.)
4. Return to the oven and bake until cheese is totally melted, about 5-7 minutes.
5. Remove and top with green onions and sour cream.
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