5 Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes (that aren't corned beef) for a Tasty Celebration


March 04, 2020 | Food Lion
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From parades and parties to everything green, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that’s all about celebrating together. So, if you’re planning to invite some friends over for a St. Patty’s Day dinner party, but don’t know what to serve, you’re in luck! We’ve collected some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes that are sure to put your guests in a festive mood. 

Although dishes like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread are all deliciously classic choices, let’s see five other options you may want to add to your dinner party menu.

Kale & Hummus Cucumber Bites | Recipes | Food Lion

St. Patrick's Day Recipe #1: Kale & Hummus Cucumber Bites

What says St. Patrick’s Day celebration better than an all-green appetizer? Made up of cucumbers, kale, hummus and parsley, this fresh bite is full of flavor. Plus, it’s a healthy (and vegetarian-friendly) option to include on your dinner party menu. And with just over 10 ingredients, it is also affordable to make. Sound like something you want to try? Let’s take a look at what you may need to add to your grocery shopping list

  • Kale
  • Coconut Oil
  • Canned garbanzo beans
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Lime
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt 
  • Water
  • Honey
  • Cucumber
  • Parsley

Another great thing about this recipe is that it is easy to prepare and doesn’t take long to prep. So, if you’re pressed for time, this St. Patrick’s Day recipe is a must-try! To make it, start by sauteing your kale in coconut oil. Then, place everything (besides the cucumber and parsley) in a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth. Add water if needed, as well as a wee bit of honey. 

Next, slice your cucumbers. Top with hummus and garnish with parsley. And that’s all there is to it! But, if you’ve purchased all of your ingredients a few days ahead, here’s a tip to keep your cucumbers fresh: 

FRESH TIP: To keep cucumbers fresh longer, wrap with a paper towel and place in a bag in the refrigerator.

Now, get the full recipe and get prepping!

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St. Patrick's Day Recipe #2: Baked Parmesan Spinach Balls

For the next St. Patrick’s Day recipe, how about another crowd-pleasing appetizer? And just like our first recipe, this one perfectly represents the holiday’s iconic color - green! But, instead of kale, you’ll be using a different leafy green - spinach. To whip up these savory parmesan spinach balls, you’ll need the following:

  • Frozen Spinach
  • Onion
  • Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic Powder
  • Pepper

Once you have all of your ingredients, you can have this appetizer on the table in only 35 minutes! This dish is also freezer-friendly; so feel free to prep ahead, then bake right before your guests arrive. 

FRESH TIP: Prior to cooking, store your onion in a cool (but not cold - i.e. the refrigerator), dry and dark place in a basket or strainer to allow for airflow. 

So, how exactly do you craft this tasty appetizer? It’s so simple! Start by combining your ingredients in a bowl. Then roll the mixture into 1.5-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Finally, bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350°F. Once cooled, enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce. We recommend marinara sauce or peppercorn ranch dressing. 

Ready to start cooking? Find this recipe on our recipe portal!

Traditional Irish Stew | Recipes | Food Lion

St. Patrick's Day Recipe #3: Traditional Irish Stew

No shenanigans here! Our next St. Patrick’s Day recipe is a traditional Irish staple. Made with lamb (or beef), vegetables, potatoes and herbs, this Irish stew is sure to get your party guests feeling festive (and pretty full). Now, get your grocery list ready and take note. Here’s what you’ll need to pick-up at your local Food Lion:

  • Lamb or Beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Parsley
  • Fresh thyme
  • Beef stock
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Butter

Although this recipe only takes 20 minutes to prep, plan on letting this stew simmer for 3 hours to let all of the delicious flavors marinate together. But, don’t worry, once everything is in the pot, there isn’t much you need to do. So, you can work on other things to get ready for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration while this is cooking. 

FRESH TIP: When prepping your carrots, leave them unpeeled to enjoy all of the nutrients this root vegetable has to offer. Just make sure to thoroughly wash before adding to your stew. 

Check out the full recipe here! It’s a real pot o’ gold.

Bangers & Colcannon with Guinness Onion Gravy  | Recipes | Food Lion

St. Patrick's Day Recipe #4: Bangers & Colcannon with Guiness Onion Gravy

Bangers, colcannon and Guinness - this hearty Irish dish is the perfect choice to get everyone in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day! Each bite features potatoes, bacon, cabbage, bangers (or sausage), with a delicious blend of Guinness, Worcestershire, brown sugar and mustard. Sounds tasty, right? The following ingredients are what you’ll need to make this dish:

  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • Butter
  • Sour cream
  • Milk
  • Salt & pepper
  • Bacon
  • Cabbage
  • Onion
  • Chives
  • Bangers (or pork sausage)
  • Water
  • Guinness
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Mustard
  • Brown sugar

On top of this list, you’ll also use some olive oil, flour and a few spices that you may already have in your pantry or spice rack, including salt & pepper, thyme and garlic powder. But, if not, we stock those items at Food Lion, too!

Once you have everything prepped for this recipe, you’re ready to start cooking! With 12 steps, you can expect to spend about an hour making your bangers & colcannon. But, we promise it’s so worth it! Visit our recipe portal to snag the full recipe, including the step-by-step directions. 

FRESH TIP: If you have leftover cabbage, tightly cover it in food wrap and store in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator to keep fresh longer.

Brownie Mint Trifle | Recipes | Food Lion

St. Patrick's Day Recipe #5: Brownie Mint Trifles

No St. Patrick’s Day meal would be complete without a dessert; especially a green one! So, get ready to take a bite of this sweet treat that’ll remind you (and your guests) of a peppermint patty. This trifle recipe includes layers of chocolate brownie, mint pudding, whipped cream and sprinkles; plus, a mint leaf on top. 

Here’s what you’ll need to add to your grocery shopping list:

  • Brownie Mix (plus, listed ingredients to prep)
  • Instant Vanilla pudding mix
  • Milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Mint Extract
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • Fresh Mint

After you have all of your ingredients, baked the brownies and prepped the pudding, you can either assemble the trifles ahead of time or let your guests layer their own as a fun activity! Just make sure you have plenty of counter space cleared off and each ingredient placed in its own bowl with a serving spoon. 

Want to add this minty treat to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration menu? Get all of the prep details here!  

FRESH TIP: Puree leftover mint leaves with garlic and olive oil, then freeze to use in sauces, soups, casseroles and marinades.

Let the Celebration Begin!

With these five St. Patrick’s Day recipes, you’ve got a dinner party menu that is sure to impress. Now it’s time to head to your neighborhood Food Lion and start shopping. And with our 100% Fresh or Double Your Money Back Guarantee on our produce and private brands, you can shop with confidence in our stores for your holiday dinner needs. Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone!

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