St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, my lads and lassies. And whether you’re Irish all the way or just Irish for the day, it’s time to celebrate with some o’ your best mates. In fact, here are six fun and festive dishes that work like a charm!
St. Patrick’s Day: 6 Dinners, Dips & Desserts
- Baked Reuben Sliders. Melty Swiss. Classic corned beef. Crunchy kraut. A pint-sized twist on a pub favorite, these simple yet delicious sliders will be a huge hit – especially with Reuben fans.
- End-of-the-Rainbow Kebabs. For your little leprechauns, create fun fruit skewers with all of the colors of the rainbow. Simply thread cocktail picks with juicy raspberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, green grapes or kiwi chunks, blueberries and purple grapes.
Serve with sweet and creamy Luscious Rhubarb Strawberry Dip on the side for dipping.
- Better Than Grandma’s Irish Bread. Did know you know that Irish soda bread dates back to the early 1800s? Now you can make your own modern twist on this traditional favorite. Best of all, you only need four ingredients!
I love to stir it up using buttermilk and dried cranberries, along with a little freshly grated orange zest. Enjoy a thick slice warm from the oven, topped with sweet cream butter.
- Easy Reuben Dip. Raising a pint or two with friends? For easy entertaining, simply toss 8 oz. softened cream cheese, 2 cups shredded Swiss, 1 cup Bavarian-style sauerkraut (be sure to drain it well!) and 8 oz. chopped corned beef into your slow cooker. Season with Seasoned Salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with pretzels, tortilla chips, carrots and baby dills.
- Quick Potato Soup. Better than a pot o’ gold! In a large kettle, sauté ½ cup butter and 24 oz. diced hash brown potatoes over medium heat for 10 minutes.
Add 1 teaspoon Garlic Pepper Seasoning, 1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup, 4 cups whole milk and 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Garnish with crumbled, crispy bacon for a hearty dinner.
- Lucky Lime Cheesecake Bars. And for a gorgeously green dessert, stir up Luscious Lime Cheesecake Bar Mix, reserving 1 cup of the cheesecake batter in a small bowl before baking. Mix 8-10 drops of green food coloring into the reserved filling. Dollop onto the cheesecake, swirling with a butter knife. Bake and chill as usual, according to the package directions.
For a pretty garnish, add a dollop of whipped cream, lime slices and/or a sprig of fresh mint. (It’s the next best thing to a four-leaf clover.)
Happy St. Patty’s Day, friends!