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St Patricks Day Food Ideas:
Green Color Foods & Great Green Recipes

If you want St Patricks Day food ideas for a party this year, then it looks like you've got the luck of the Irish... because you've definitely found the right place!
Here, you'll find lots of ideas for putting together a great menu for Saint Patrick's Day, with green color food ideas, fun recipes for a party, and more. Even if you don't find a recipe here that you're dying to make, my green ingredient list idea will give you plenty to work with if you want to come up with some creative (and green!) St Patricks Day food of your own.

I've also got lots more St Patricks Day foods and recipes right here at Divine Dinner Party. Check out:

Saint Patrick's Day Green Color Foods and Ingredients

After this section, you'll find lots of specific recipes for green St Patricks Day food. But if you're looking to make up your own recipes, this ingredient and food list is pretty exhaustive-- and may just give you some creative ideas of your own.

Green Drink Ideas

St Patricks Day Cocktail RecipesWant to celebrate green?

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for some great ideas for St Patrick's Day green cocktails and mocktails for kids!

Green-Colored Food Ingredients

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Basil and Other Leafy Herbs
  • Broccoli
  • Green Apples
  • Green Beans
  • Green Chiles
  • Green Grapes
  • Green Tea (Matcha powder is very green)
  • Cucumber
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwis
  • Lettuce and Other Leafy Greens
  • Limes
  • Peas and Sugar Snap Peas
  • Spinach Pasta
  • Spinach Tortillas (use for wraps, pinwheel appetizers, etc.)
  • Zucchini

Green-Colored Recipes/Foods

  • Spinach Dip
  • Spinach Soup
  • Pesto Sauce
  • Pistachio or Mint Flavored Desserts (Ice cream, pudding, etc.)
  • Guacamole
  • Leafy Salads

Foods You Can Dye Green

With a little green food coloring, you can make almost any soft-textured, light-colored food into a Saint Patricks Day green color food. Some good examples of foods that are easy to tint green for St Patrick's Day are:

  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Cake Frosting (white/light colored, any flavor)
  • Cheese Sauces (homemade or purchased)
  • Cookie Doughs (add to dough-- light colored dough is easiest)
  • Cream Cheese (mixtures or garnishes)
  • Deviled Eggs (add to yolk mixture)
  • Dips (ANY cream cheese, mayo, or other light-colored dip!)
  • Homemade Breads or Biscuits (add to dough-- white flour is best)
  • Homemade Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
  • Macaroni and Cheese (white cheddar based is best)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Potato Salad or Pasta Salad (or any mayonnaise-based salad)
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Soups (cream or light-color broth based)
  • Sour Cream (for garnishes)
  • Sugar (toss with sugar til tinted, then use as garnish for cocktails, etc.)
  • Ranch Dressing (or other light-colored creamy dressings, like Caesar)
  • Whipped Cream
  • White Gravy
  • White Rice (toss food coloring with cooked rice bit by bit)
  • Yogurt

Green St Patricks Day Food Recipes

Want some neat ideas for green recipes to make for St Patrick's Day? The different St Patricks Day foods and recipes below are very green, very tasty, and very fun to eat.

Shamrock Spirals: A St Patricks Day Party Recipe

Shamrock Spirals Green ST Patricks Day FoodI love these tasty little spirals! With the green tortillas and the spinach inside, they're already nicely green-colored. But if you'd like to "shamrock" up this St Patricks day food a little bit more, simply add some green food coloring to the cream cheese mixture.

The best thing about this easy St Patricks day food idea? You can make it ahead. The day of your party, all you've got to do is unwrap your rolls and get 'em sliced. Easy peasy.

Serves about 12.

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8 10-inch spinach-flavored flour tortillas (the green ones)
20 oz. frozen spinach, thawed
8 oz. cream cheese, softened (low fat is okay)
1/4 C. mayonnaise
3/4 C. sour cream
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. celery salt
1/8 tsp. dried dill
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1/2 C. finely chopped crisp-cooked bacon

Instructions: 1. Let the thawed spinach drain completely. Squeeze dry between paper towels or with your hands. The spinach should be quite dry, or you'll end up with a watery filling.

2. To make spinach mixture, combine spinach, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, and all the spices in a mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.

3. Spread mixture evenly onto your eight tortillas, leaving a little filling-free space (about 1/2") around the edge of each one.

4. Place each tortilla on its own piece of plastic wrap, and roll your tortilla as tightly and firmly as you can. Wrap your roll firmly in plastic wrap.

5. Chill the rolls overnight, or at least 6 hours.

6. Unwrap your rolls and cut off the ends of each one. Eat the ends (like I do) or discard them-- whatever you like. Slice the rolls, while still cold, into 1/2" slices (or a bit bigger if you prefer). Serve chilled.

"Good Day to Ya" Green Pea and Bacon Soup

Green Pea Soup Saint Patricks Dinner RecipeIf you've got kids, the idea of pea soup probably isn't a big winner in your house. But this soup, made from green peas, is fresh-tasting, delicious, and a wonderful bright green color. This is the type of light, tasty dish that will have everybody at your St Patrick's Day party coming back for more-- even the kids.

This St Patricks Day food serves about 8 as a main dish, or 16 as an appetizer. If you want to serve this as a party food or appetizer, serve it up in pretty little glass cups-- it makes for a really nice presentation!

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1/2 C. chopped bacon
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 C. green onion, white and green parts, sliced
6 cloves garlic, minced
7 C. chicken stock
4 medium Yukon potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 C.)
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
6 C. frozen green peas, thawed (best with young, good-quality peas)
1 C. heavy cream (light works okay, too)
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions: 1. Cook bacon pieces in a large saucepan over med-high heat until crisp. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Leave bacon drippings in pan.

2. To the drippings already in pan, add the butter and melt it over med heat. Cook onion and garlic in butter until tender.

3. Add stock. Allow to come to a boil, then stir in potatoes and red pepper flakes. Cover, lower heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.

4. Stir in peas and simmer about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

5. With an immersion blender, blend soup until smooth. (Or cool a bit and blend in batches in a traditional blender.)

6. Stir in the cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

7. Heat over medium until heated through. Stir in the lemon juice. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

8. Serve with your crisp bacon sprinkled on top of each serving. This St Patricks day food is great with a sprinkle of parsley and a dollop of sour cream, too.

Green-n-Guiness Chocolate Mousse

Green n Guinness Green colored St Patricks day food dessertYou can't get any more Irish than this! This is one of my favorite St Patricks Day foods to make. It's easy, you can make it ahead of time, it uses Irish ingredients (Guinness, baby!), and it's wonderful. And with the addition of a bit of food coloring, it becomes a great Saint Patricks Day green-colored food. Really cute.

This recipe serves about 8 people, so if you're making it for a party you may want to double it. Looks great served in green-tinted martini glasses (like these at BuyCostumes.com) for a casual party or pretty little wine or parfait glasses for a fancier one.

If you're nervous about making this for kids, I'd say... don't be. A whole 8-serving recipe only has 3/4 cup of Guinness. Not enough to turn any kid into a drunkard.

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8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 C. unsalted butter
1/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. Guinness stout
3 lg. eggs, separated
1 C. heavy cream

Green Mousse Topping:
6 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1 C. heavy cream, separated
Green food coloring, as needed

Instructions: 1. To make the Guinness chocolate layer, melt together the chocolate, butter, and sugar in a double boiler, stirring until just fully combined.

2. Stir in the Guinness. Whip in the egg yolks with a wire whisk. Remove mixture from the heat.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold this mixture into the chocolate mixture.

4. In another bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form (be sure to start with cleaned beaters). Fold egg whites into chocolate-cream mixture.

5. Divide chocolate mousse mixture among 8 serving glasses.

6. To make Green Mousse Topping, melt the white chocolate and half of the cream together over a double boiler. Remove from heat, stir in green food coloring as needed, and let cool for about a half-hour, or until a bit thickened.

7. In another bowl, whip the rest of your heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream mixture into green mousse mixture. Divide evenly over your 8 prepared mousses.

8. Chill 2-24 hours before serving (4 or more is better).

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