St. Patrick's Day is around the corner so it's time to whip up everything and anything green, Irish or lucky! Here you will find some of the tastiest St. Patty's appetizers some of which are green colored and others that are simply Irish inspired.
St. Patrick's Day is the only day of year it is completely acceptable to drink green beer while scarfing down some green eggs and ham or any green appetizer for that matter.
But if you are planning a party or small get-together and don't know what to serve, I've got you!
Below are some foods that are either culturally inspired by the Irish, include green ingredients, or simply tinted with a few drops of green food coloring to make them appropriately festive!
Popular Irish-inspired foods are foods like corned beef, boiled cabbage with bacon, shepherd's pie, Irish soda bread, Irish stew, colcannon, boxty, smoked salmon, coddle and potato leek soup, among others.
Fortunately, there are many green snacks you can serve your guests! Some include: wasabi peas, fried green beans, guacamole and chips, roll ups using spinach tortillas, pesto crostini, spinach dip, stuffed jalapenos, cheese balls rolled in herbs, or potato wedges.
Saint Patrick's Day Inspired Recipes
These Irish pub nachos are a spin off of an appetizer a local Irish Pub serves. Served on crispy waffle fries and topped with a homemade cheese sauce, they are the perfect appetizer for any St. Patrick's Day celebration!
These roll ups are the perfect appetizer or snack for any St Patty's Day party! The added green color from the lettuce, avocado and thyme make them not only delicious but festive for the holiday!
Other than Irish whiskey, Guinness beer is a close second when it comes to drink choices on St. Patty's Day! These EASY Beer Battered Onion Rings can be made with Guinness or any Irish stout! They are super crispy and fluffy and can be served with a yummy sauce for dipping.
Potatoes in any form are great on St. Patrick's day! Wedges are the best party snack that goes well with any drink. Serve these with tons of freshly chopped parsley over top for an added green touch. Or, serve the wedges with this yummy Green Goddess avocado dip.
Irish Nachos: Crisp potato rounds topped with crispy bacon and gooey cheese. Your new favorite appetizer or side dish: so addicting! Serve with Reuben dip, and a Shamrock shake for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day feast.
This Easy Pea and Mint Dip not only tastes great, it also looks fantastic and is perfect for St. Patrick's Day festivities! It has a light, fresh flavor and is easily made. Best of all, it is a great impromptu starter which can be made in minutes using frozen peas.
These St. Patrick’s Day deviled eggs are always the cutest appetizers at the party! With pretty, easy-to-make basil clovers, thinly-sliced cherry tomatoes, mustard caviar and no yucky green food dye, they’re not just precious, they’re DELICIOUS!
Rich Guinness flavor mingles with sweet honey in every finger-licking bite of these Guinness & Honey Glazed Chicken Tenders. You’ll love this easy appetizer recipe perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
Irish Potato Candy is a great treat or pre-dinner snack for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Contrary to the name, these little bite sized sweet treats have no mashed potato in them. That’s right! They get their name because they look like little potatoes.
Poutine is an amazing appetizer that everyone loves no matter where your from. Add some Guinness beer to the gravy and you've got yourself a delicious St. Patrick's day snack that goes perfectly with beer!
These pretty St. Patrick’s Day appetizers are absolutely perfect for an Irish-themed brunch! They’re made with prosciutto-wrapped honeydew melon, Dubliner cheese and precious, easy-to-make basil clovers.
Made from scratch with fresh ingredients, these Spinach and Ricotta Rolls are a fun green-colored appetizer that everyone will popping!
Irish soda bread goes perfectly with everything from Irish stew to fried cabbage and sausage. It’s a St Patrick’s Day Classic, just add Guinness brownies and shamrock shakes!
This garlic scape pesto recipe is going to be the best addition to your St. Patty's Day recipe arsenal. Packed full of garlic scapes, basil, and crunchy pine nuts, it is easy, delicious and a beautiful green color!
Boxty is an easy Irish breakfast idea for St.Patrick’s day. If you have leftover mashed potatoes, this Irish potato pancake recipe should be the first that comes to your mind! These traditional pancake style boxty are made with simple ingredients that most likely you already have in your pantry. It is an easy stove top recipe for any home cook.
These shrimp appetizers are piled high with well-seasoned shrimp, creamy green guacamole and a piece of smoked salmon served over a crunchy slice of cucumber, which is also green!
Potatoes in ANY form would be a delicious St. Patrick's Day appetizer right? These potato cups have creamy ranch mashed potatoes and bacon in crescent cups for a fun and tasty St. Patty's Day food!
Corned beef is a popular Irish go-to so why not throw some into cute, crunchy wonton cups and bake them off with some swiss and horseradish! They are a cute finger food that can be a meal in itself.
If you like a Reuben Sandwich, you’ll love this creamy Hot Reuben Dip Recipe! This party dip favorite is made with Cooper Sharp American Cheese, shredded corned beef, sauerkraut, and cream cheese.
A fun Irish twist on traditional egg rolls, these healthy baked egg rolls are stuffed with corned beef, roasted Brussel sprouts, bamboo shoots, shallots, a bit of sauce and some Irish cheese.
If you're planning a fancier or more classy St. Patrick's Day bash, these chilled pea gazpacho shooters should definitely be on your menu!
They are made with whole, simple ingredients like spring peas, cucumbers, lemon juice and mint and is topped with a splash of crème fraiche for an extra layer of deliciousness.
Irish Nachos are fun and easy to make. Great when watching the big game with the fam or taking an amazing appetizer to a party. Made with thin-sliced potatoes are topped with cheese, bacon, and tomatoes and are always a hit!
Crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy in the middle, many will describe them as a cross between bread and a pancake. This gluten free Irish inspired sweet potato bread/farls are a cross between Ireland and the Caribbean flavor making them total fusion heaven.
Final St. Patrick's Day Food Tips
You can turn most recipes into a festive St. Patty's treat by simply adding some green colors or ingredients! Chop up lots of herbs or greens and add them to an aioli or sprinkle some on top of potato wedges or french fries! You can even add a green chimichurri sauce to meats like steak or chicken, the ideas are endless.
Here are some green add-in's you can use or swap out:
- green peppers
Don't forget about orange! Add a pop of orange to tie together those Saint Patrick's Day colors!
- chopped orange bell peppers
- shredded carrots
- orange zest
- sweet potatoes
- shredded cheddar cheese