My husband’s favorite story to tell is my one MAJOR mishap in the kitchen. A few years ago, I made a cabbage soup for St. Patrick’s Day. Only, I wanted to add Guinness beer. At the end of the day, I ended up making hot beer soup with wilty cabbage. It was nothing short of god-awful and neither of us could swallow more than one bite. Luckily, I’ve never failed as badly since then! And I think this St. Patrick’s Day appetizers board more than makes up for it!
St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers
Apparently the world of holiday-inspired knick knacks doesn’t appreciate St. Patrick’s Day because we went from Valentine’s Day to Easter overnight. Well, I love every holiday and I’m certainly not going to skip a fun one like this.
I almost never wear green on St. Patrick’s Day (a perk of working at home alone, I suppose), but Irish-inspired and/or naturally green foods certainly make an appearance on our dinner table, including these St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers (a board of goodies, I can pass for dinner)…
St. Patrick’s Day Party Foods
There are actually quite a few naturally green snacks you can use in this board of St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers – pistachios, pesto, mint jelly, grapes, and zucchini. For the protein, I used Dubliner Cheese (it tastes likes a dry medium cheddar) and a pub cheese (horseradish-cheddar). Both of these are available at Trader Joe’s.
For the meat, I used sliced ham and pastrami – a finger-food friendly version of corned beef (my mom’s favorite dish to cook this time of year). Add an ale or whole grain mustard and some fun gold-wrapped chocolate for the ultimate spread in St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers, right?
There are actually quite a few naturally green items that didn’t make my board (we were full), but are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day party foods. A few options include green apples, celery, anything with avocado, this delicious pea pesto, green olives (yuck!), broccoli, edamame, and the list goes on and on. And the great part is that you can serve one, three, or all of them!!
And if you’re looking for more tasty ideas, check out all these healthy, naturally green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day!
ST. PATRICK'S DAY APPETIZERS BOARD
- 1 medium zucchini sliced into 12 spears (see grilling instructions here)
- 1 mini cucumber sliced
- 1 bunch green grapes
- 5 oz. pastrami
- 5 oz. sliced ham
- 8 oz. Dubliner Cheese
- 7 oz. pesto
- pub cheese
- ale/whole grain mustard
- mint jelly
- wheat crisps
- Arrange items on large platter or cutting board. Serve immediately.