I’ve always loved St. Patrick’s Day. You get to wear green (my favorite color) and hear stories of leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold. As I grew older, the food (and Guinness) became a part of the fun of this quirky holiday. My absolute favorite St. Patrick’s Day memory is of a little boy name Robby who was friends with my sister.
Robby was about 4 years old, and had an adorable baby brother named Patrick. The day before St. Patrick’s Day, we were at their house for a play date, and talking excitedly with their mom about what green we would wear the next day to avoid the dreaded pinching penalty. Robby was unusually quiet and, when we finally stopped chattering about green eggs and ham and rainbow cookies, his mom asked Robby what he thought about the holiday.
He furrowed his brow, in that oh serious way a child can, and asked, “Mom, when will everyone wear red for St. Robby’s Day?” Trying so hard not to laugh, his mom explained that St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t actually about his little brother, and in fact his brother was named Patrick because he was born on March 17th the year before. He didn’t even try to hide his disappointment that there was no St. Robby’s Day.
Fortunately, he had an awesome mom, so for Robby’s birthday everyone at the party wore red and he had a giant red velvet cake to celebrate his special day.
Since the Irish Potato recipe I’ve been working on just wasn’t blog worthy in time, I decided to do a round up of some of the best St. Patrick’s Day recipes I’ve tried, and some that I really want to try. If you have any favorite St. Patrick’s Day Recipes, please add them in the comments!
Green and Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:
St. Patrick’s Day has always been a great excuse to get out the food coloring.
St. Patrick’s Day Pops – Dollhouse Bake Shoppe
Green Rice Krispy Treats – Love From the Oven
Rice Krispy Shamrocks – Try Me Tonight
Rainbow Pudding – MakeZine
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Betty Crocker
St Patty’s Day Cake – I Am Baker
Green Chocolate Pretzels – Love From the Oven
Naturally Green Food and Drink Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day:
While those recipes are really fun, I’m always a fan of going natural whenever possible. Here are some great recipes for food and drink that are green thanks to mother nature.
Asparagus Soup – Eating Richly Even When You’re Broke
Green Mashed Potatoes – Simply Recipes
Cheesy Green Hummus – Weelicious
Green Pea Crostini – Authentic Suburban GourmetPotato Cabbage Soup – My Recipes
Cucumber Shamrock – Eye Likes Food
Kale and Tofu – Eating Richly Even When You’re Broke
Lucky Spinach Quiche – Diamonds for Dessert
Green Mac and Cheese – Weelicious
Green Smoothie – Eating Richly Even When You’re Broke
Shamrock Mini Pizzas – Blissfully Domestic
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich – Two Peas and Their Pod
Guinness Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day:
I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, but for the occasional beer, Guinness is my brew of choice. I also love that it’s as good in food as it is washing it down!
Chocolate Guinness Cake – Simply RecipesGuinness Mushrooms on Toast – Great British Chefs
Guinness Pouting – Food For My Family
Guinness Burger – Oui Chef
Guinness Chocolate Ice Cream – Chow
Guinness Shepherd’s Pie – The Hungry Housewife
Guinness Brownie Bites – Erica Sweet Tooth
Guinness Glazed Corned Beef – Closet Cooking
Beef and Guinness Pie – Baked By Rachel
Guinness Beer Mug Cupcakes – Kitchen Daily
Guinness Cheddar Spread – The Galley Gourmet
St. Patrick’s Day Irish Recipes:
Some are traditional Irish, some just have the lucky association.
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