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Three Green Recipes for Saint Patrick's Day

Three Green Recipes for Saint Patrick

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Updated on May 3, 2010

Thinking about something special for dinner on St. Patrick's Day, but tired of corned beef and cabbage? Instead of just wearing green this day, why not eat green as well? We've created a meal that will have you seeing green throughout all three courses. The recipes have been streamlined so that kids can help make the meal too, but be sure a parent is present at all time, especially for the stove time required for the main course.

Veggie Crudités with Green Goddess Dip

Green Goddess is a salad dressing created by a chef at the San Francisco Palace Hotel in the 1920s. We've based this recipe off the original, but with a modern twist of making it a dip. Serve with a platter of all green raw vegetables such as cucumbers, green peppers and celery.

What You Need:

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced chives
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

What You Do:

Add all ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle and mix thoroughly. Pour into a small bowl and serve with an assortment of vegetables.

Spinach Fettuccini Alfredo Spinach Fettuccini and other green pastas can be readily found in the pasta isle, making this an ideal, albeit untraditional, dish for St. Patrick's Day

What You Need:

  • 1 pound Spinach Fettuccini
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, sliced into 6 pieces
  • 5 ounces shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • salt and pepper to taste

What You Do:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the fettuccini is cooking, prepare the sauce. Heat the cream over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Whisk in pats of butter one at a time until melted. Whisk in the cheese, and stir over low heat until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Use a colander to drain the pasta and add the pasta into the sauté pan. Stir to coat all the pasta. Divide into bowls and serve.

Polka Dot Peppermint Ice Cream

You can find green mint chocolate chips as a seasonal item in spring, which create a charming polka dot effect for this ice cream. This is great recipe for kids to make anytime though since no stove work is required. You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon organic peppermint extract
  • 1 cup mint chocolate chips (Guittard chips were used for this recipe)

What You Do:

 

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, mix the cream, milk, sugar and peppermint and whisk for several minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and the cream has thickened slightly.
  2. Add to the ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's operating instructions.
  3. After 15 minutes, add mint chips to the ice cream base and resume making the ice cream.
  4. Pour the ice cream into a freezer-safe container to finish firming up the ice cream.
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