St. Patrick’s Day comes at a time of year when everyone needs an excuse to celebrate. Winter is almost over – but not quite – and there hasn’t been a major holiday in months. Given that, it’s no wonder that we tend to go all-out every March 17th. But St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be just about green beer. We’ve collected 11 delicious and different recipe ideas for your St. Patty’s bash that we just know you’ll enjoy.
P.S. If these seem too ambitious for you, we have a hint. Green beer is just beer and food coloring. That’s all. But don’t complain to us if your teeth begin to exude an emerald hue after a few.
1. St. Patty’s Day Doughnuts
What could be a better way to start your celebrations than with a green glazed doughnut first thing in the morning? This recipe is versatile and could easily be modified for any special event (or any Sunday morning).
Get the full recipe for these St. Patty’s Day Doughnuts over at The Family Kitchen.
2. Green Whoopie Pies
This Green Whoopie Pie recipe uses a modified version of red velvet cake for the outer layers of the whoopie pie and cream cheese frosting for the inside. I’ll admit that this isn’t quite faithful to a true whoopie pie, and in fact sounds a bit more like an inside out cupcake, but frankly I couldn’t care less. It looks incredible. Not only that, but you can eat it without even having to put your beer down!
Get the full recipe for these Green Whoopie Pies over at Love from the Oven.
3. Deviled Eggs and Leprechaun Gold
I can barely find the words to describe how adorable and hilarious I think this is. More “creative plating” than “unique recipe”, I’m thoroughly impressed at how the cook was able to take something simple that wouldn’t normally be associated with St. Patrick’s day and put a festive spin on it.
Get the full recipe for these Deviled Eggs and Leprechaun Gold over at Will Cook for Friends.
4. Irish Soda Bread
There are many things in life that are just as good, if not better, when they are store bought rather than homemade. Sweaters come to mind. Irish Soda Bread is not one of those things. Store bought can be dry and bland but this recipe looks just the right amount of crumbly, moist and flavorful.
Get the full recipe for this Irish Soda Bread over at The Jey of Cooking.
5. Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
Guinness? Check. Jameson? Check. Bailey’s? Check. These boozy cupcakes combine the triad of Irish alcohol into one decadent, rich cupcake. The cake is made of Guinness, the chocolate ganache filling of Jameson and the frosting is Bailey’s infused. Sounds pretty rich, but what could be better than a little hair of the dog to end the night?
Get the full recipe for these Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes over at Formal Fringe.
6. Green Smoothie
If all of these sweets and booze have you feeling a little, well, green (sorry, I know that was a bad one, I just couldn’t help myself), take a look at this very healthy green smoothie. Kale or spinach make it green, bananas and berries make it delicious.
Get the full recipe for this Green Smoothie over at For the Love of Food.
7. Irish Beer & Cheese Chicken Pot Pies
These hot and flaky pot pies are just the antidote to a cold March night. They’re filled not only with Smithwick’s and Kerrygold cheddar cheese but also bacon, chicken, peas and corn. The shamrock on top completes this delicious St. Patrick’s day dinner.
Get the full recipe for these Irish Beer & Cheese Chicken Pot Pies over at Lea & Jay.
8. Emerald Islander
I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that in my household, one of us will happily drink beer while the other one is strictly a “fruity cocktails” kind of person. The Emerald Islander is the perfect St. Patrick’s day cocktail for the non-beer drinkers that dwell among us. I know we’ll be mixing up at least one of these in my house tomorrow night!
Get the full recipe for this Emerald Islander over at Bayside Bride.
9. Mint Cheesecake
If your style is more understated and subtle, this mint cheesecake is for you. It doesn’t have any flashy leprechauns or pots of gold, but it is simple, beautiful and delicious. And I love the wow-factor when you cut in and see the green stripes against the cream colored cheesecake.
Get the full recipe for this Mint Cheesecake over at Zoe Bakes.
10. Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Cream
This wouldn’t be a post about St. Patrick’s Day recipes without including a Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe. This is something we make every year in my house and what I like about this Skinnytaste version is that it lightens up in just the right places by replacing the potatoes with Cauliflower but leaves the stars, namely the corned beef and cabbage, alone.
Get the full recipe for this Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Cream over at Skinnytaste.
11. Beer Mug St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes
I love, love, love these adorable beer mug cupcakes! Make these and you are guaranteed to impress your friends and family.
Get the full recipe for this Beer Mug St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes over at Kitchen Daily.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!