St. Patrick’s Day Party Food Ideas
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. Do you have your green? If you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day party, food ideas may not come easily. But, there are many foods you can fix which can be served at a St. Patrick’s Day party. Look through this list and see if you can find a few St. Patrick party food ideas you’d like to serve at your party. Be sure to check out my fun St. Patrick’s Day games for kids too.
Let’s start with beverages. Most people expect there to be green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. You can make your own. Start with an Irish Amber or lager-style beer. Add three to six drops of green food coloring into 16 ounces of Irish lager.
Don’t leave the children out! Even though they won’t get green beer to drink, you can provide them with their own green beverage. Add three drops of green food coloring to ginger ale, apple juice, lemon-lime or lemonade.
St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes
Finger foods are popular at parties and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. These cupcakes are shaped like shamrocks. You’ll need these ingredients:
* Cupcake batter
* Cupcake tins and liners
* Aluminum foil
* White frosting
* Green food coloring
* Green licorice candy
Make your favorite cupcake batter and add green food coloring if you prefer. Put the paper liners in the muffin tin and fill them halfway. Roll aluminum foil up into balls and place three of them spaced equally between each liner and the tin to create a shamrock-shaped cupcake.
Bake the cupcakes but take them out a few minutes early. Cool and remove the paper. Ice each cupcake with green frosting (1 teaspoon green food coloring to one package of white frosting). Draw veins using a toothpick and insert green licorice (2 inches long) as the stem.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe
You may also want to serve Irish soda bread. Make it using the following ingredients:
* 4 tablespoons sweet butter, softened
* ½ cup sugar
* 2 large eggs
* 4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* ½ teaspoon baking soda
* ½ teaspoon salt
* 1½ cups buttermilk
* 1 cup currants
Heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a cookie sheet and set it aside. Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl. Beat it to combine it and then add the eggs, one at a time, being sure to beat well after each one.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Alternate adding some of the flour mixture and then buttermilk to the first bowl, beating well each time something is added. When all of the buttermilk and flour mixture are incorporated, stir in the currants.
Knead the mixture on a generously floured surface. Continue to knead for about four minutes or until the dough is smooth and not sticky. You can add more flour if needed.
Create a 7 1/2 inch round from the dough. Move it to the prepared cookie sheet and then cut a shallow X in the top of the loaf. This will bake for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. You can also tap the loaf to check for doneness. It is ready when it makes a hollow sound when tapped. When it is finished cooking, move it to a rack and allow it to cool completely before it is sliced.
These St. Patrick party food ideas can be made at any time of the year but adding the green food coloring makes them more party specific. Your guests are sure to love these and other green foods you may prepare. Enjoy the party!