St Patrick's Day Recipes

St Patrick's Day recipes include Irish recipes, green food, kids fun recipes, and leprechaun's bringing luck. St Patrick's Day is an holiday honoring an Irish saint who died on March 17th.
st patricks day recipes
However you celebrate it, it is a day to have fun, wear green and pretend you're Irish (even if you're not).

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Luck of Irish - St Patrick's Day Recipes

Festive Patty's Day Table Setting

  • Gold glitter
  • Green tablecloth
  • Green paper
Bring a little fun and luck to your table simply by adding a green tablecloth and sprinkling gold glitter down the center. Your kids will have a ball decorating. They can cut clover shapes out of green paper by using a clover cookie cutter as the pattern or by drawing 3 hearts and adding a stem. Trace around the clover on green paper and cut out.

Leprechaun Pancake Breakfast

Create a fun leprechaun breakfast with pancakes. Use sliced bananas, blueberry and kiwis to decorate his face. Orange segments fill his beard and a chocolate licorice helps with the buckle on his kiwi hat.
leprechaun pancakes

Clover Rolls

  • 2 cups warm milkclover rolls
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1/4 Cup warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 6 cups flour
Add milk and butter to a microwave safe dish. Warm for 1 minute or until butter melts. Add salt and 1 Tablespoon sugar to milk mixture. Add to mixing bowl. Blend in 3 cups flour.

Add 1/4 cup warm water to a bowl and add 1 Tablespoon sugar and yeast. Let sit 1-2 minutes then add to mixing bowl. Blend in 3 remaining cups of flour. Take out of bowl and knead several minutes. Add 1 tablespoon oil to your bowl and place bread dough inside. Cover with a towel and let rise 1 hour. After 1 hour roll dough into small balls. Add 3 balls into a muffin tin to resemble a three leaf clover. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.
clover rolls

18 Green Food Ideas St Patrick's Day Recipes

green food ideas for st. patrick's day
  1. Go for fruit. There is a lot of green fruits that you can cut up into small pieces or make into a green fruit salad. Green grapes, green apples, kiwifruit, avocado. 

  2. Spreads. Tint cream cheese or white frosting with a small amount of green food coloring and have kids spread on crackers or oatmeal cookies.

  3. Vegetables. The great thing about green is there are a lot of healthy green things to eat! Lettuce, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, green peppers, spinach and green beans. Snack on these individually or have kids make their own salad.

  4. Green Jell-O. An  easy project for the kids to put together.

  5. Add green food coloring to bread dough, biscuits or soft pretzel dough. Shape and bake.

  6. Make a green dip for your green vegetables. Try adding dill or parsley to a homemade ranch dressing.  Or make a cucumber yogurt dip and place dip inside a hollowed out cucumber.

  7. Make a green colored milkshake or green smoothie.

  8. Pickles and cheese platter- Make a platter of sliced pickles, green olives and cheese cubes.

  9. Make pistachio pudding and place in small plastic cups.

  10. Add a few drops of green coloring to a cup of milk. Or add a little bit of pistachio pudding and stir.

  11. Green pancakes. Just add, yep you guessed it, green food coloring to your pancake batter. Try pouring your pancake batter into a clover shape.

  12. Green eggs and ham. Read the book and create the recipe

  13. Make homemade guacamole.

  14. What better time to have your kids try something new like Kale Chips.

  15. Apple Frogs - using green apples and green grapes can make this a fun green recipe for St. Patrick's Day.

  16. Green Apple Snack
    • Green apple wedges
    • Cream cheese
    • Green food coloring
    Tint the cream cheese with a few drops of green food coloring. Have the kids spread cream cheese on top of apple wedges. Enjoy a simple green snack.

Broccoli Bites

This recipe is full of nutrition with chopped broccoli and also great fun for a green St Patrick's Day recipe.
  • 2 -10 oz. pkgs. frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
  • 2 Cups crushed seasoned stuffing
  • 1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ Cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
Directions: In mixing bowl add cooked, chopped broccoli. Crush stuffing with meat mallet or rolling pin. Add to broccoli. Stir in cheese, eggs and soft butter. Season with salt and pepper. Stir together until well combined. Shape broccoli mixture into balls. Place each ball on a greased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
broccoli balls

Pesto Pasta

This is not an Irish recipe but it will make a green kid friendly dinner recipe for St Patrick's Day.
  • ¼ Cup prepared Pesto sauce (pesto is made with basil and you can usually find it in the pasta sauce aisle)
  • 1 pkg. linguine or spaghetti noodles
Cook noodles and drain. Toss pesto sauce with cooked noodles. Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese.

pesto pasta
Here is another pesto salad recipe.

Dessert St Patrick's Day Recipes

Leprechaun Milkshake

  • 4 Cups milk
  • ½ Cup or one large pistachio pudding mix package
  • 4 Scoops vanilla ice cream
Add ingredients together in blender and mix.
green milkshake

Lime Sherbet Punch

This quick easy St Patrick's Day recipe is delicious and a cinch to make.
  • one quart lime sherbet
  • 2 quarts Sprite or ginger ale
Pour Sprite or ginger ale in pitcher or punch bowl. Add scoops of sherbet and serve immediately.
lime punch

Shamrock Cake

  • White or yellow cake mix
  • One package of pistachio pudding
  • Green food coloring
  • 3 or 4 mini heart shape pans (whether you want a 3 leaf clover or 4 leaf clover)
  • One rectangle mini loaf pan
  • White frosting
Prepare cake mix according to directions. Add pudding and several drops of green food coloring. Grease heart cake pans with shortening. Dust the bottom of the pans with flour shaking all over until evenly coated. Pour batter into each pan. Bake according to directions and allow to cool.
clover cake shaped
When cakes have cooled, shape 3 hearts into the shape of the shamrock on a serving dish. Add the mini loaf pan as the stem. Prepare frosting by adding green food coloring to white frosting. For a minty flavor you can add 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract to the frosting. Frost your shamrocks.
shamrock cake
Add some Shamrock Coloring Mandala coloring pages for a fun activity.
shamrock mandala page

Leprechaun Dessert

  • ½ gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Hershey's syrup
  • Oreo Cookies or chocolate sandwich cookies
Soften ice cream by leaving out for a few minutes. In 9x12 cake pan or pie pan, crumble Oreo cookies over bottom. Spoon ice cream on top. Arrange Oreo cookies along side of pan. Drizzle lines with chocolate syrup on top and more chopped cookies. Refreeze.
mint ice cream pie

Mint Ice Cream

  • 3 eggs, lightly beatenmint ice cream
  • 1 ¾ Cup milk
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 ¾ Cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon Peppermint extract
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • ½ Cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
In a saucepan, combine eggs, milk, sugar and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees(with candy thermometer) and coats a metal spoon. Cool to room temp. Stir in cream, vanilla, peppermint extract and food coloring if desired. Chill for 2 hours. Stir in chocolate chips. Fill ice cream freezer cylinder 2/3 full; freeze according to directions.
st patricks day food ideas

Rainbow Theme Recipes

Rainbow Platter

Create a fun rainbow fruit and vegetable platter like this one.
rainbow platter
See another rainbow fruit platter and more rainbow ideas here.

Jell-O Rainbow

  • One small package of gelatin flavors of red, orange, yellow, green and blue
  • 1 1/4 Cup hot water for each package
  • Whip cream
Dissolve jell-o in boiling water (don't add cold water). Place each color in a separate bowl or flat buttered pan. Chill. When gelatin is set cut into squares. Place on a serving platter creating a rainbow of colors in the colors listed above. If desired, before serving add whip cream at the end of the rainbow and add golden chocolate coins.

rainbow jello

Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes
rainbow cupcakes


Rainbow Cookies
rainbow cookie

Rainbow Noodles

Rainbow Noodles
rainbow noodles

St. Patrick's Day Party Printables

shamrock mandala page

Irish food: St Patrick's Day Recipes

Irish Potato Cakes

Corned Beef Brisket

This is one of the famous St Patrick's Day recipes for Irish food.corned beef
  • 1 onion
  • Carrots cut in chunks as many as desired
  • Potatoes cut in chunks as many as desired
  • 1 Cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • One whole clove of garlic
  • Bay leaf
  • Cabbage cut in wedges
Place cut vegetables on bottom of crock pot. Place corned beef brisket on the top. In mixing bowl combine broth and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over top of brisket. Add garlic clove and bay leaf. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Add cabbage to top of pot half way through cooking time.
Also try this recipe in the Instant Pot.

Irish Soda Bread

Some common ingredients in Irish soda bread, besides the basic ingredients, are buttermilk, caraway seeds and baking soda.soda bread
  • 2 Cups white flour
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups buttermilk
  • ¾ Cup raisins
  • 1 Tablespoon caraway seeds
In mixing bowl combine flours, baking soda, salt and sugar. In separate bowl combine eggs and buttermilk. Pour into dry ingredients and blend slightly, you just want the dough moistened so don't beat to long. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds with a spoon. On a floured surface knead dough several minutes. Place in a round cake pan. With a knife slice an X on the top of the loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until golden.

Irish Stew

A traditional Irish stew was prepared with the cheapest ingredients that were easily accessible. Lamb, potatoes, and onions could be found easily so they were often included in the stew. Now a days you can find chicken, beef and any kind of vegetables included. Try your own St Patrick's Day recipe for Irish Stew.
  • 2-4 lbs. cubed lamb, chicken or beef
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 quarts water or beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • carrots, peeled and cut in slices, as many as desired
  • potatoes, peeled and cubed, as many as desired
  • onions, sliced, as many as desired
Add ingredients to crock pot or large soup pan making sure liquid covers all meat and vegetables. If cooking in crock pot cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours. On the stove top for one hour or oven 2 hours covered.
Irish stew
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