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St. Patrick’s Day is just weeks away and it’s never too early to start planning! Whether you’re hosting a St. Patty’s Day party or attending someone else’s get-together, you’re going to want to make a festive dish (or a lot of festive dishes) to lighten up the mood.
Every year, party planners and partygoers search for cool and unique St. Patrick’s Day appetizer ideas. The best appetizers for this type of event are green, considering green is the primary color associated with Ireland. If you’re looking for awesome green St. Patrick’s Day appetizers, consider one (or all!) of the 47 below!
These festive little cups will add some serious spice to your St. Patty’s Day get-together. They’re easy to make and oh-so-delicious, so make sure you add them to your list this year!
http://flipcookbook.com/2012/08/jalapeno-popper-cups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FLIP COOKBOOK
Stuffed peppers are a great appetizer idea for St. Patrick’s Day parties. Peppers are liked by almost everyone so choosing to stuff green ones with three different types of cheeses will be a hit with all of your guests.
These are quick and easy to make and will add a hint of green to your food table this year.
https://www.wineandglue.com/italian-stuffed-peppers/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WINE AND GLUE
Everyone loves pizza, right? The green vegetables on this classic appetizer make it the perfect choice for your St. Paddy’s Day party this year.
Some topping you can use include arugula, spinach, green onions, green peppers, zucchini, broccoli etc.
http://wellandfull.com/2017/01/green-goddess-pizza/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WELL AND FULL
Spinach cups are easy and festive and everyone will love them. You can either make your own cups using flour or you can buy Tostitos scoops from the store (much easier, in my opinion).
Fill the scoops with either homemade or store-bought spinach dip and you have a delicious appetizer that literally takes less than 5 minutes to whip together.
http://www.kissrecipe.com/2013/11/puff-pastry-spinach-cups.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KISS RECIPE
It can be easy to pull out some pre-made appetizers that you can pop in the oven and have ready to go for your St. Patty’s celebrations, and there’s nothing truly wrong with that.
If you have more time though, why not make a healthy veggie skewer to ensure that you are offering some healthy alternatives to your traditional apps?
https://twohealthykitchens.com/shamrock-veggie-skewers/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO HEALTHY KITCHENS
Grilled skewers are super easy to make and offer your guests a variety of choices and flavors. The best part is, March is the beginning of Spring which means you can definitely barbecue these.
You can create several different types of kabobs for this event but sticking to green vegetables (zucchini, green peppers and asparagus) will make your skewers look even more festive!
https://bakeatmidnite.com/asian-balsamic-kabobs/# PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BAKE AT MIDNITE
Much like spinach cups, guacamole cups are a sure hit with party-goers. The fresh avocado mixed with the salty nacho cup makes for the perfect party snack.
If you’re making (or buying) nacho cups anyway, why not offer your guests a mix of guacamole and spinach cups?
http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/guacamole-cups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME SOME OVEN
These intricate appetizers are slightly more difficult to make (at least compared to most of the ideas on this list) but, if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort, they’re definitely worth it.
Zucchinis are rolled in cream cheese for a delicious snack you can’t resist and will definitely be making at every gathering after this.
http://www.littlebroken.com/2015/06/01/grilled-herb-and-cheese-zucchini-roll-ups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LITTLE BROKEN
What is more Irish than potatoes?! Serve up this sweet treat that will give everyone a taste of Ireland and leave a lasting impression on your guests.
The best part is that they are bite-sized so you can even send friends home with a little goodie bag of St. Patty’s treats!
https://www.sugarandsoul.co/irish-potato-candy/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SUGAR AND SOUL
Jalapeno poppers are a given on any St. Patty’s day food list. These jalapeno potato poppers are spicy and cheesy and everything you look for in a good party snack.
You might want to make a big batch of these guys because they will go fast and your guests will be begging for seconds, thirds and well…a whole lot more.
http://www.mindyscookingobsession.com/jalapeno-potato-poppers/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MINDY’S COOKING OBSESSION
Traditional deviled eggs get a new green spin with this recipe. If it’s St. Patrick’s Day, it better be green and looking extremely festive!
Combining two good fats, of avocados and eggs, then topped with some diced green onions, you get a delightfully delicious green appy that is good for you, too!
https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/02/healthy-avocado-deviled-eggs-recipe.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THIS MAMA COOKS
Much like jalapeno poppers, guacamole is a staple of any good St. Patrick’s day party. Not only will people love the dip, but they’ll be giving their bodies those sought-after omega-3 fatty acids.
If you’re going to make the guacamole cups we suggested earlier, why not make a ton of the guac and serve it with pitas, tortillas or even green veggies.
http://thebakermama.com/recipes/the-best-blender-guacamole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE BAKER MAMA
Green pinwheels are easy to whip and can be as healthy as you want them to be. If you’re not watching your waistline, you can pack them full of cheese and meats and if you are watching your waistline you can use vegetables and other healthy alternatives.
Either way, these will make a great treat for your guests.
https://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com/cranberry-turkey-pinwheels/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DESSERT NOW DINNER LATER
If you’re firing up the grill this St. Patty’s Day, you should definitely consider these themed appetizers.
The green asparagus makes them perfect for the Irish holiday while the prosciutto makes them a delicious snack for everyone to enjoy.
https://cafedelites.com/2016/06/13/garlic-butter-prosciutto-wrapped-asparagus/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CAFE DELITES
These cute little shamrock chips are great for any party but are especially fun if you have kids attending. The clover shape and color of the chips are key, so make sure you take the time to make them look extra special.
Other than that, this easy-to-make snack is just as delicious as they are simple to throw together.
https://www.smartschoolhouse.com/easy-recipe/rainbow-shamrock-homemade-chips#_a5y_p=3413008 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SMART SCHOOL HOUSE
Quiches are a fantastic appetizer to make because they look, gourmet, while not taking too long to make. The difference this time is that your crust will be consistent with the theme of your party.
If your crowd is specifically crazy about a certain type of cheese, meat or veggies, add it to this scrumptious dish that will keep your guests satiated until supper.
http://www.diamondsfordessert.com/2011/03/lucky-spinach-quiche.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DIAMONDS FOR DESSERT
When St. Patrick’s day rolls around, what’s the one alcohol everyone thinks of? Guinness beer of course! And you don’t just have to drink it, you can eat it as well.
Make this rich and creamy cheddar Guinness dip to be spread on a baguette or use crackers to scoop up this Irish perfection.
http://www.theparsleythief.com/2011/03/cheddar-guinness-dip.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE PARSLEY THIEF
Cookie cutters are always underrated when it comes to their versatility. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out some perfectly shaped shamrock tortilla chips to scoop up this amazing homemade gold dip.
Not only is it pleasing to the eye and consistent with the party theme, but it’s also a healthy snack to munch on.
https://howdoesshe.com/shamrock-chips-with-pot-o-gold-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOW DOES SHE
If you have some vegans in your crowd, frozen appetizers just won’t cut it. Make this kale pesto that is friendly for every vegan in the room and serve on some delicious, fluffy bread.
You can also top it off with some vegan mozzarella cheese if you feel like getting really creative with your vegan snack.
https://ohmyveggies.com/vegan-garlic-bread-with-kale-pesto/#_a5y_p=5121871 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: OH MY VEGGIES
Nachos are traditionally viewed as a Mexican dish that people all over the world absolutely love to enjoy, regardless of what country they hail from.
Switch out your normal chips and toppings for some homemade potato chips topped with the fixin’s of a reuben sandwich to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
https://twohealthykitchens.com/reuben-topped-irish-nachos/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO HEALTHY KITCHENS
When you’re looking for a perfect appetizer that will make your guests green with jealousy that they didn’t come up with this idea themselves, these corned beef and cabbage egg rolls are the way to go!
This homemade beer mustard dip is perfect for matching your St. Patrick’s Day theme to a T and doesn’t take too long to make. The best part is, it’s not a dip that comes out of a bottle packed full with artificial flavors.
http://www.cookingandbeer.com/2016/03/corned-beef-and-cabbage-egg-rolls-with-homemade-beer-mustard/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COOKING AND BEER
An easy and underrated appetizer is that of the Guinness Pulled Pork slider. Instead of providing big, meal-sized buns to pile high with meat, use mini slider buns instead.
This pulled pork is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day because of the flavoring that comes straight from Dublin, Ireland – Guinness beer!
https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/guinness-pulled-pork/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME SOME OVEN
When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, there are a few things that people think of, one being a leprechaun. Make this simple cheeseball that is packed with flavor but also looks like “he” came straight from the motherland.
Use some green pepper to create the perfect leprechaun hat and some lovely carrot shavings to create the ideal orange hair!
http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/corned-beef-leprechaun-cheeseball/?pp=1 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HANDMADE IN THE HEARTLAND
Earlier we talked about how you can add a touch of green to a traditional deviled egg recipe by adding avocados to the filling. Here you’ll color the egg whites instead and add a traditional deviled egg filling into the center!
They’re so easy to make and you can have your kids help and get the party food prepped and ready to go sooner!
http://www.foodjimoto.com/2013/03/st-patricks-day-deviled-eggs.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FOOD JIMOTO
If you’re having a St. Patrick’s Day supper, one way to warm up the stomachs of your guests is by serving up a traditional Irish soup that probably matches your St. Patrick’s Day table cloth!
Drizzle some sour cream or greek yogurt on top and finish with chives or green onion for added flavor and texture.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/traditional-irish-leek-and-potato-soup/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE VIEW FROM GREAT ISLAND
Just when you thought “I’ve already made guac for St. Paddy’s, what else can I do with avocado?”, we suddenly have a solution for you.
These avocado fries are not only absolutely delicious but are breaded to perfection. When your guests bite into their fries, they’ll see why you made this app for St. Paddy’s!
http://www.abbeyskitchen.com/vegan-gluten-free-baked-avocado-fries/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ABBEY’S KITCHEN
If you enjoy minimal mess and therefore barely any cleanup, serve these savory muffins to your St. Patrick’s Day guests and let the green spinach help you celebrate this day!
The best part is, these muffins are filling which will keep your guests full until the main course of supper.
http://www.ebay.com/gds/spinach-muffins-with-ricotta-gluten-free-grain-free/58c48a31045e2c29b4470873/g.html?roken2=ti.pUmVnaW5hIEJyYXVu PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LEELALICIOUS
If you’re trying to stay extra healthy this St. Patrick’s Day, don’t worry – we have you covered! This salad is actually so incredible for you, you’ll want to start making it on a daily basis.
It’s packed with superfoods that will not only give you your omega-3 fatty acids but also provides tons of antioxidants that help reduce your chances of getting cancer.
https://www.tastingpage.com/cooking/green-superfood-salad PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TASTING PAGE
Do you have any shrimp fans on the guest list tonight? Of course, you do! Impress your guests with these perfectly grilled shrimp avocado cucumber bites for a gourmet appetizer.
You can also serve them as part of the main meal if you want to turn it into a shrimp salad and add some of your homemade dressing to it.
http://www.closetcooking.com/2017/01/blackened-shrimp-avocado-cucumber-bites.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CLOSET COOKING
You expect to see savory appetizers at every party but not everyone expects to see something sweet! This leprechaun popcorn is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and is so easy to make too!
All you’ll need is microwave popcorn, white and green candy melts, St. Patrick’s Day themed sprinkles and green mint M&M’s. Prepare this treat with your kids and they’ll have fun with it! Better yet, it will only take 10 minutes to prepare.
https://momfoodie.com/st-patricks-day-leprechaun-popcorn/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM FOODIE
What better way to celebrate St. Patricks Day than with a delicious snack that looks like the Irish flag. It’s so easy to put together especially since you’ll be using all store-bought ingredients.
To make the flag use cucumber, pepper jack cheese (or any white cheese), and cheddar cheese. Serve the platter with crackers and Green bell pepper shamrocks!
https://www.momendeavors.com/irish-flag-st-patricks-day-snack-idea/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM ENDEAVORS
These shamrock pretzels are another great sweet appetizer idea! 3 small pretzel twists and a pretzel stick make up the shamrock shape.
The pretzels are dipped in green candy melts for the perfect clover color as well as to help the pretzels stick together. For the finishing touches, spray the shamrock with gold food color mist and garnish with gold sprinkles.
https://myhomebasedlife.com/shamrock-pretzel-treats/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=306652720_8851498_6598 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY HOME BASED LIFE
This idea is so simple you won’t even need a recipe. Cookie cutters are a great tool that can help transform ordinary food into perfectly themed party food!
For St. Patrick’s Day, consider using a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out any soft foods such as fruit and sandwiches. You can also make cookies, biscuits or buns using these cookie cutters!
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This is another great idea that doesn’t require a recipe. Along with cookie cutters, silicone molds can also help you get creative in the kitchen!
These shamrock molds could be used to make ice cubes for party punch, to create clover-shaped chocolates and so many other great options!
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Add some luck to your party table with this leprechaun bark! It’s so easy to make and is a lovely sweet treat that your friends and family will go crazy for.
All you’ll need is white and green chocolate wafers, shamrock marshmallows, rainbow candy, and gold sprinkles. Furthermore, this is a no-bake recipe that can be made in hurry!
https://jamonkey.com/st-patricks-day-leprechaun-bark-video/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=288085778_7846032_6598 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JAMONKEY
Leafy green salads are great but this fruit salad would make an excellent addition too! This fruit salad is made up of all green fruits which makes it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
This fruit salad is made with green apples, honeydew melon, green grapes, pears, kiwi, and starfruit. You can create a sweetener out of orange juice and sugar or honey that would taste lovely drizzled over the salad.
https://www.morganmanagesmommyhood.com/st-patricks-day-fruit-salad/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MORGAN MANAGES MOMMYHOOD
Tator tots are a hit, especially at parties. However, give a classic like tater tots a fun green twist for St. Patrick’s day and serve your party guests these fun baked broccoli tots.
This appetizer may be healthy but don’t worry, it is certainly delicious too! They’re made from 7 simple ingredients and can be ready to eat in just 35 minutes!
https://gimmedelicious.com/2015/05/17/healthy-baked-broccoli-tots/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME DELICIOUS
Hummus is always a good idea, for any party! It’s gluten-free, nut-free and vegan-friendly which means almost everyone can enjoy it! This naturally vibrant green hummus is green thanks to fresh spinach.
Along with spinach, you’ll need traditional ingredients for hummus such as chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame seeds), lime juice and some water. It blends effortlessly in a food processor and pairs wonderfully with bread, crackers and fresh veggies!
https://www.elephantasticvegan.com/oil-free-spinach-hummus/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ELEPHANTASTIC
Spinach and artichoke dip is one of the most popular restaurant appetizers! For good reason, it’s delicious! Add some green to this classic appetizer to make it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
To add the color all you’ll have to do is simply add in avocado. Along with the color, avocado also contributes a lovely creamy texture. Serve this dip with pita chips, crackers or veggies and you’ll watch it get gobbled up quickly!
https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/avocado-spinach-artichoke-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO PEAS AND THEIR POD
This cheesy appetizer is so adorable and looks like a little pot of gold! Your friends and family will be intrigued just by the sight of them but the flavor will have them begging for seconds!
This adorable appetizer has a creamy and cheesy filling that is stuffed into a mushroom. They’re topped with a sprinkle of panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese that become golden after cooking.
https://peasandcrayons.com/2018/10/cheesy-spinach-stuffed-mushrooms.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PEAS AND CRAYONS
These delicious corned beef sliders are made effortlessly using the slow cooker! All you have to do is set the beef brisket in the slow cooker with a few ingredients.
In 4 hours you can slice the brisket, add to a bun and top with coleslaw. You’ll also be provided with a simple Guinness mustard that really makes these sliders extra special and tasty!
https://www.thecookierookie.com/slow-cooker-corned-beef-and-cabbage/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE COOKIE ROOKIE
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish. It consists of mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. This recipe puts a dairy-free spin onto classic recipe but the outcome is still amazing! The creamy filling is made from vegan butter, potatoes, collard greens, and delicious seasonings.
Including appetizer options that can accommodate different diets is always a good idea. After all, everyone has a vegan friend (or two) by now!
https://www.healingtomato.com/vegan-colcannon-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HEALING TOMATO
This party appetizer is similar to the colcannon bites but this is not a vegan recipe. Mashed potatoes are mixed with sour cream, shredded cheese, onions, chives, and garlic and are poured into a flaky puff pastry to create these lovely golden tartlets.
This recipe provides a few recommendations for flavor variation so you can customize them to your liking! Additionally, they’re easy to make and require simple store-bought ingredients.
https://www.puffpastry.com/recipe/onion-potato-tartlets/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PUFF PASTRY
Irish elephant ears are a cheesy and savory pastry! They’re made with puff pastry, Irish Dubliner cheese, and a few other ingredients.
From start to finish, you can have these ready in just 35 minutes! Make them for the party but you’ll find yourself craving them time and time again.
http://www.shockinglydelicious.com/irish-elephant-ears/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SHOCKINGLY DELICIOUS
If you’re unfamiliar with Canadian poutine, it’s essentially french fries topped with cheese curds and is then smothered in a savory gravy. This recipe puts a fun Irish twist on a classic Canadian recipe that transforms this plate of deliciousness into an appetizer perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day party!
What makes this poutine Irish is the Irish cheddar cheese and the delicious Irish whiskey gravy! If you choose to share these at your party they will surely be a hit!
http://yestoyolks.com/2018/03/13/irish-cheddar-poutine-with-bacon-whiskey-gravy/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: YES TO YOLKS
Our St. Patrick’s Day appetizer idea is so quick and easy that you can throw it together minutes before the celebrations begin! All you’ll need is 3 ingredients and a few skewers.
To create this finger food you’ll then need the colors of the Irish flag. We chose cheddar cheese (orange), turkey slices (white), and baby dill pickles (green). However, for a vegetarian option, you can substitute turkey for white cheese. They come together quickly and taste awesome too!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/quick-easy-st-patricks-day-finger-food-flags/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKYL
As a bonus, we’re including our super easy Jell-O shot recipe that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! This boozy treat is made with Guinness, Kahlua, and Bailey’s.
They look like miniature pints of Guinness and will surely capture the attention of everyone at the party! Serve these alongside the party appetizers to get the party started! Just remember to enjoy responsibly!
http://www.forkly.com/drinks/easy-4-ingredient-guinness-baileys-jell-o-shots/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
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