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25 Deliciously Festive St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers That Are Finger-Licking Good

Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated by nearly 200 million people worldwide, and if you’re among them, then you’re probably wondering what delicious St Patrick’s Day appetizers you can prepare for this festive day.

Originating as a religious holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day has become one of the most popular celebrations in modern history. It celebrates Ireland’s culture, its patron saint, and the Irish diaspora worldwide.

St patrick's day appetizers

Celebrations include wearing green clothing or shamrocks (a three-leafed plant), drinking Guinness beer, attending parades, listening to traditional Irish folk music, and, of course, pinching unsuspecting friends and family members, or strangers, and eating traditional Irish foods such as mashed potatoes with sour cream, egg rolls, potato soup, collard greens, Irish soda bread, beef brisket, and corned beef and cabbage.

Speaking of which, in today’s article, we will be looking over several appetizers that you can make for Saint Patrick’s Day, each more delicious than the last!


St Patrick’s Day Appetizers

When we went ahead and started writing this article, we wanted to include St Patrick’s Day appetizers that met three main criteria:

  • Delicious
  • Easy to make
  • Look like they belong on a St Patrick’s Day party table

After doing extensive research online, we managed to bring together different appetizer recipes, and we’re pretty sure that by the end of this article, you’ll either have a growling stomach or a sudden love for the color green.

Without further ado, here are the best St Patrick’s Day appetizers we believe to belong on any serving tray:

1. Patrick’s Day Party Food – Spinach Artichoke Dip Rolls

Patrick's day party food spinach artichoke dip rolls

The first St Patrick’s Day appetizer to grace our list is certainly a snack under the healthy category, especially since they are made entirely using whole foods and greens.

Speaking of which, if the picture above caught your attention, here’s what you’ll need to make a batch of your own:

For the rolls

  • Garbanzo bean flour
  • Cooking spray
  • Oat flour
  • Table salt
  • Water

For the creamy spinach dip

  • Raw cashew pieces, soaked overnight, and drained
  • Garlic clove, grated or minced fine
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Artichokes hearts, chopped
  • Spinach, chopped
  • Table salt
  • Water

Without going too much into details, the basic idea is to mix the ingredients for the rolls and then bake them as if you were making pancakes.

You’ll then mix the ingredients to make the creamy spinach dip, and then you’ll spread your dip onto the pancakes, roll them up, chop them, and serve them.

If you want to know all the details for this St Patrick’s Day appetizer, including exact ingredient quantities and steps that you need to follow, check out the details for making an artichoke spinach dip in our dedicated article.

2. Healthy St Patrick’s Day Recipes

Healthy st patrick's day recipes

Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean that we have to eat nothing but deep-fried high-calory food that we’ll feel bad about the next morning, and that’s why we decided to include some healthy appetizer recipes into our guide, including ones that are keto.

One perfect example of a keto St Patrick’s Day appetizer is this recipe for keto spinach and artichoke stuffed mushrooms as presented by Green and Keto.

Here’s what you’ll need to make an entire tray of these baked delights:

  • Marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • Cremini mushrooms or small white mushrooms
  • Spinach (either fresh or frozen)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Garlic cloves
  • Table salt

We liked most about this easy St Patrick’s Day recipe because it is 100% gluten-free, and the added spinach is full of iron and all kinds of vitamins, like A, C, and K1.

Lastly, the St Patrick’s Day appetizers are also very satiating, to the point where you might not want to make any more room for the main course.

For exact quantities, steps, and even illustrations of the final dish, head over to Green and Keto and read their full article since you’ll enjoy every moment of it.

3. St Patty’s Day Appetizers – Cocoa Bombs

St patty's day appetizers cocoa bombs

While we like our appetizer recipes to be as healthy as possible, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a bit of fun with sweets, especially chocolate, and this recipe for St. Patricks Day cocoa bombs makes full use of what chocolate is capable of.

To make an entire batch of these green goodies, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • White candy melts
  • Green candy melts
  • Large marshmallows
  • Powdered coffee creamer

Alternatively, you can double the dose of white candy melts and replace the green ones with a few droplets of green food dye since it only served a visual purpose anyway.

More so, this dish was intended to be savored by kids as well, but if there will be none at your party and you want to make the easy St Patrick’s Day recipe a bit more adult-friendly, you can swap out the coffee creamer for some actual coffee.

If these St Patrick’s Day appetizers sound like something, you’d like to sink your teeth into, head over to Life Family Fun and read the full article.

It has detailed steps, illustrations, and even a nutritional chart at the end to see just how many of these bombs you can eat if you’re considering a cheat day.

4. Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes – Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Healthy st patrick's day recipes oven roasted asparagus

Suppose you like your St Patrick’s Day appetizers to be healthy, green, and easy to make. In that case, there’s no way you can do better than with some neatly-seasoned oven-roasted asparagus, especially if you sprinkle some parmesan all over them.

Well, the truth is that once you’ve roasted them a bit, they’re nothing like their raw counterparts.

Sure enough, those of you that have eaten uncooked asparagus before might be asking, “why would I serve asparagus on Saint Patrick’s Day?” that thing belongs in a salad.

For starters, the asparagus develops a mildly golden color, becoming a bit crunchy. Once the parmesan starts melting and turning into a cheesy crust, you’ll be munching asparagus shoots like they were potato chips, but without the calories!

All you’ll need to make a single trey of these delicious crunchy goodies are some asparagus shoots (preferably fresh), a bit of olive oil, along with some salt and pepper to the taste.

Of course, if you find that adding just salt and pepper might make for an appetizer that’s a bit too bland, you could try adding some of your favorite spices, such as garlic powder, dried herb mixes, or balsamic vinegar.

For more details on how you can make your batch of oven-baked asparagus, check out the easy St Patrick’s Day recipe from Green and Keto.

5. Patrick Snacks – Pistachio Cookies

Patrick snacks pistachio cookies

 

If you’re planning to host a St. Patrick’s Day party, you better get your kitchen game on since you’ll be baking and frying up snacks like there’s no tomorrow and one of the best party finger food you can serve is cookies.

Of course, since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, you can’t go around serving regular chocolate chip cookies (well, you can, but they won’t be in keeping with the holiday), so we would like to present a greener alternative: pistachio pudding cookies!

To make a batch of these St Patrick’s Day appetizers, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Vegetable oil
  • Baking powder
  • Chopped pistachios
  • White chocolate chips
  • Pistacchio pudding mix

We won’t be going into the finer details as to how you can make these cookies, but suffice it to say that all the ingredients pretty much end up in a bowl where you mix them, and then you bake the resulting dough to create these amazing cookies.

If the image above was more than enough to open your appetite for both cookies and pistachios, then go ahead and check out the full detailed article from Lemons for Lulu.

There you have everything from step-by-step instructions to illustrations and even a nutrition information chart at the very end so you know how many cookies you can eat before feeling guilty!

6. Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Snacks – Oven-Baked Brussels Sprouts

Healthy st patrick's day snacks oven baked brussels sprouts

If the previous recipe with the oven-roasted asparagus sounded like a really good idea, but you don’t happen to have any fresh asparagus at hand (or if they’re too expensive), a cheaper alternative is to try Brussels sprouts instead.

The list of ingredients is pretty much the same as the baked asparagus since you only need the Brussels sprouts, some olive oil, and some salt and pepper to the taste.

Sure enough, just as we did with the asparagus earlier, you can add a bit more flavor by throwing in some balsamic vinegar, some parmesan, or your favorite dried herb mix.

The best thing about brussels sprouts is that if you bake them long enough and under the right conditions, they become crunchy on the outside while staying moist on the inside, basically turning them into a healthy version of a flavor bomb.

Check out Green and Keto‘s original article if you want the full list of ingredients, quantities, instructions, and even some illustrations so you can see just how mouth-watering baked Brussels sprouts can look like.

7. St Patrick’s Day Snack Ideas – Shamrock Shakes

St patrick's day snack ideas shamrock shakes

When it comes to appetizers, sometimes the best ones aren’t the ones that you can pick up with your hands and take a bite out of, but rather the ones you can sip and place back on the table when you’re done.

Thus, one of the best Saint Patrick’s Day appetizers that you could try is this amazing Shamrock shake that not only looks the part but also tastes amazing and has an incredibly silky texture.

To bring this recipe to life, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Green food coloring
  • Mint syrup or extract

As for what tools you’ll need, you better have a blender at hand with a big enough container; otherwise, you’ll have to make this shake over and over until you’ll have enough for everyone (and trust us, people will be asking for seconds).

The only downside to this shake is that, given the ingredients, you need to serve them as soon as you make them.

If you don’t, they end up being too fluid, even if you try storing them in the fridge, and you can’t store them in the freezer either, since you’re turning it into ice cream all over again.

If you want to know everything about how you can make these shakes from scratch, go to Life Family Fun and read up on the original article.

8. Patrick’s Appetizers – Irish Cream Mint Chocolate Tart

Patrick's appetizers irish cream mint chocolate tart

If you’re the host of this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day party, and only adults will be attending, there’s no harm in mixing in a bit of adult-only dessert recipes along with the cookies and muffins, and one dessert we liked was the Irish cream mint chocolate tart.

We called this dessert an adult-only one because one of the main ingredients of the tart’s filling is Baileys Irish Cream. This party appetizer has alcohol contents of 17%, so even if it’s in small amounts mixed in with the other ingredients, it’s better not to serve kids with it.

Speaking of ingredients, you’ll need two sets of ingredients for the two parts of the tart:

Filling

Ganache

  • Heavy cream
  • Mint baking chips
  • Semi-sweet chips

Lemons for Lulu made an entire article detailing how you can make this delicious tart, and trust us that it’s worth the read, and the pictures alone will be more than enough to make you try it out at least once.

Of course, if you do have kids attending the party, but you want to make this tart, you can try making an alcohol-free version by replacing the Baileys Irish Cream with some Bailey’s coffee creamer since the taste is almost identical.

9. Green Appetizers – Irish Cream Chocolate Cupcakes

Green appetizers irish cream chocolate cupcakes

If the chocolate tart opened your appetite for Baileys Irish Cream but would like to try something that’s a bit more fun-sized, then a great alternative would be to bake some Irish cream chocolate cupcakes.

They’re delicious, and they’re easy to make, and if you know your way around frosting all kinds of desserts, then this will likely become one of your go-to recipes, even if it isn’t Saint Patrick’s Day.

To make a batch of these St Patrick’s Day appetizers, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
  • Green and white sprinkles
  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Green food coloring
  • Powdered sugar
  • Softened butter
  • Vanilla extract

Besides, if you want to make these cupcakes kid-friendly, you can do what we recommended with the Chocolate tart and replace the Baileys Irish Cream with some Bailey’s coffee creamer. They’ll taste the same, but they’ll be alcohol-free.

As you can see from the original recipe at Life Family Fun, these cupcakes look like the epitome of what Saint Patrick’s Day is all about, and once you take a bite out of them and check out how they taste, it will be love at first bite.

10. St. Patricks Snacks – Guacamole Deviled Eggs

St patricks snacks guacamole deviled eggs

We at DIYS.com love deviled eggs because they are an appetizer that can be adapted to any occasion, especially since all you need to do is adjust and change some of the ingredients for the filling.

Since Saint Patrick’s Day is all about being green, we decided to make the filling using a favorite American dish: Guacamole.

That’s right, this next recipe calls for deviled eggs filled with a guacamole mix, and they look and taste just s good as they sound.

To make a batch of these delicious St Patrick’s Day appetizers, you’ll need to prepare the following ingredients:

  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Regular mustard
  • Mashed avocado
  • Several large eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Without going into details, you’ll be boiling the eggs, cutting them in half, and then filling them with a mix that’s pretty much like regular guacamole, only that it has some extra egg yolk in it.

They taste amazing, they’re healthy, and they go very well some cold beverages, although we don’t recommend that you eat too many of them, since they tend to be pretty high on fat, but if you’re on a keto diet, that might be a plus).


More Amazing St Patrick’s Day Snacks

Modern-day cooking is not just about making delicious food that looks amazing; it’s also about following trends, which means that certain foods are more popular than others at any given point.

That being said, the previous ten entries were the most talked about this year, and chances are that everyone will be trying their version of them.

Well, if you don’t care about following any trends and you just want to enjoy yourself and serve something that looks good and tastes amazing, then check out these other 15 recipes, since they may be more to your liking than you’d imagine!

11. St. Patrick’s Day Appetizer – Jalapeno Popper Cups

St. Patrick's Day Appetizer - Jalapeno Popper Cups

All Recipes shows you how to make these little puff pastry cups with a delicious green jalapeno filling. They’re a snack with some kick!

12. St. Patrick’s Day Green Appetizer – Stuffed Green Peppers

St. Patrick's Day Green Appetizer

The Southern Lady Cooks gives you a delicious recipe for baking green peppers with cheddar cheese. Of course, a whole green pepper isn’t bite-sized, but it can be if you cut it into strips at its ridges and fill each curved strip with some delicious filling.

13. Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Recipe – Green Shamrock Alfredo Piza

Healthy St. Patrick's Day Recipe - Green shamrock alfredo pizza

Ashlee Marie reminds you that pizza slices make great finger food at parties! Their St. Patrick’s Day pizza recipe is green, shaped like a shamrock, and completely delicious.

14. St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers – Ricotta Spinach Cups

St. Patrick's Day Appetizers - Ricotta Spinach Cups

Your party guests will hardly be able to resist how the green spinach filling sticks out of the crunchy puff pastry. Get the recipe on Eating Well, Living Thin.

15. Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes – Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers

Healthy St. Patrick's Day Recipes - Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers

This recipe from Food and Wine gives you a delicious combination of ricotta, shredded parmesan, and cream cheese inside a flavourful cubanelle pepper.

16. St. Patrick’s Day Party Food – Grilled Beef and Vegetable Skewers

St. Patrick's Day Party Food - Grilled Beef and Vegetable Skewers

Grilled skewers are the perfect meal for a warm St Patrick’s Day barbecue! Make them green and festive by include green peppers and zucchini on each one. Try this delicious recipe from Cookapalooza.

17. St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers – Guacamole Cups

St. Patrick's Day Appetizers - Guacamole Cups

Guacamole is a delicious green appetizer food, but Gimme Some Oven has an even easier to eat option than nacho chips and beer cheese dip: little guacamole cups!

18. St. Patrick’s Day Snack Ideas – Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Bacon and Cheese

St. Patrick's Day Snack Ideas - Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Bacon and Cheese

These zucchini rolls by BC Tent might only show a little bit of green, but their delicious bacon and cheese filling is worth making them anyways!

19. St Patrick’s Day Green Appetizers – Green Beer

Green beer

Green beer will certainly surprise your guests. Besides, it’s one of the easiest drink recipes to prepare since you can use regular beer and just a bit of green food coloring. Get the recipe from The Spruce Eats.

20. St. Patrick’s Day Snacks – Green Eggs and Ham Snack Mix

Green eggs ham snack mix - St. Patrick's Day Party Food

Sometimes all the green you need is in the garnish! These bite-sized buffet snacks are perfect for eating while you socialize. Real House Moms shows you how to make them.

21. St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers – Simple Guacamole

Easy guacamole recipe - St. Patrick's Day Appetizers

No matter what else you serve, including potato chips or tortilla chips, guacamole is a classic green choice for any occasion. This appetizer idea from The Endless Meal is particularly fresh and yummy.

22. Healthy  St. Patrick’s Day Recipes – Green Pinwheel Wraps

Healthy  St. Patrick's Day Recipes - Green Pinwheel Wraps

All Recipes shows you how to make little green pinwheel sandwiches from spinach wraps. These cute little bite-sized snacks are great to look at and to taste on St Patricks Day.

23. St. Patrick’s Day Snacks – Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Grilled prosciutto wrapped asparagus - St. Patrick's Day Snacks

Grilled asparagus is always healthy and delicious, but it’s especially scrumptious when it’s seasoned and wrapped in prosciutto ham! Get the recipe for these party appetizers from Skinny Taste.

24. St. Patrick’s Day Snacks – Shamrock Cheddar Cheese Toasties

St. Patrick's Day Snacks - Shamrock Cheese Toasties

Food.com reminds you that the kids’ like themed appetizers for St Patricks Day! Use a regular green bell pepper to make a shamrock shape on top of a simple, classic cheddar cheese toastie.

25. St. Patrick’s Day Snacks – Kale Hummus Cucumber Bites

St. Patrick's Day Snacks - Kale Hummus Cucumber Bites

Apron Strings‘ delicious recipe for cucumbers topped with kale hummus is green in color and in health, perfect for St Patricks day.

Best St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers: Closing Thoughts

Saint Patrick’s Day is on March 17th, which means that the clock is ticking, and you better at least have an idea of what you want to bake and cook this year.

While there is no de facto St. Patrick’s Day dish that you should be making, we hope that the 25 appetizers we listed in our guide are more than enough to make your guests acknowledge your baking skills and make you feel proud of yourself!

Speaking of which, if you want more articles that can help you make the most out of Saint Patrick’s Day, we wrote two other lists like this one where we covered the following topics:

We hope that all of our articles will prove to be of help and that you enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

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