Classic St. Patrick's Day party foods include green beer and corned beef and cabbage, but you may prefer to serve appetizers that fit the theme while also being fresh and inventive. Because green is the theme, design appetizers that feel festive.
Check several weeks before St. Patrick's day with bakeries to find out if the bakery will be making green bread for the holiday. If the bakery does make green bread for customers, order or reserve two or three loaves for your party. Use the bread to make party-sized sandwiches and for dips and spreads. You can also make your own green bread and pastry dough by adding a few drops of green food coloring to the dough before baking. Use the green-colored dough to wrap tiny cocktail wieners, asparagus spears and small tarts.
Green Deviled Eggs
Turn deviled eggs into a St. Patrick's Day tribute. Hard boil the eggs and shell the eggs. Cut the eggs in half, as you would for regular deviled eggs. As you mix the yellow yolk filling, add green food coloring to the mixture. You can also green color the hard cooked whites of deviled eggs by submerging the cooked empty egg whites into green food colored water and allow it the whites to absorb green to the desired tint. Or, while hard boiling your eggs, after the eggs have cooked in boiling water for two-thirds of the time, carefully remove each egg, slightly crack the shell, then returned to the boiling water that you then add green food color to. The result will be a green marbled effect on the whites of the deviled eggs.
Chips, vegetable and bread dips are always a hit at parties, so offer green-colored dips at your St. Patrick's Day party: spinach dip, both hot and cold, guacamole, green chili dips, artichoke dips. Or, use a dip recipe that includes cream cheese or sour cream and add a few drops of green food coloring to make it party-worthy.
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