I have a little bit of Irish blood, but even if I didn’t, it is always fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I was never one who went around pinching people who weren’t wearing green, but I have always enjoyed finding a recipe with something green in it. It seems as though you could plan an entire green dinner if you were so inclined.
With that in mind, I got on line and started searching for something to make for this St. Patrick’s Day for the family. Did you know that if you add green food coloring to drained pasta it will turn green? If you or your kids are not pasta eaters, you could add the food coloring to mashed potatoes or even rice. Hmmmm, sounds like there will be green pasta on my menu this St. Patrick’s day.
Here are 3 unique St Patrick’s Day Recipes for you to try …
Shamrock Lime Sherbet Punch
This is a refreshing drink from TheCraftedSparrow.com that is easy to make and so tasty. This is kind of a throw back to what we would make when we were kids, but this recipe still works today with my kids.
* 7Up or Sprite
* Lime Kool-Aid mix
* Lime sherbet
* Pineapple juice
You will need a pitcher. Grab your lime Kool-Aid mix and make it according to package details. Although I prefer adding only 1/2 cup of sugar instead of the full 1 cup it calls for. I then add all the juice from one 20oz. can of pineapple chunks. You can save the pineapple chunks for a smoothie in your freezer or fridge, you will just need the juice for this. This is what I had on hand, but you can definitely add a little more juice if you have it or love it.
In a glass place about two scoops of lime sherbet. Fill the glass 1/3 of the way full of your Kool-Aid, then fill the rest with your lemon lime soda of choice. Leave about an inch of room for your last scoop of lime sherbet. Add a cute straw and a wedge of lime and your done.
I also found two dessert recipes that looked easy to make and I haven’t made up my mind which one I will make. Who knows, they both look easy enough, I may just make both.
Crinkle Cake Cookies
The advantage to these cookies from eRecipeCards is how easy they are to make. Start to finish; you have cookies in about 20 minutes.
* 1 standard Cake Mix (store bought box)
* 6 Tablespoon Butter, melted
* 2 Large Eggs
* About 40 Drops Green Food Coloring (add about 10 drops at a time and stop when you get the color you like)
* 5 Drops Wilton Brand liquid Flavoring (Mint), optional
* 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
* 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
* Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
* Melt the butter, allow to cool
* In a shallow dish, mix together the powdered sugar and cornstarch.
* In a large bowl, mix together the butter, cake mix and eggs.
* Add the green food coloring and Mint Flavoring and make very well
* Form into 1 TBS Size Balls
* Roll the balls in the powdered sugar mix and coat well
* Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
* Bake for 8 minutes in pre-heated oven.
* Allow to cool on the baking sheet for one minute, then move to cooling rack.
St. Patrick’s Day Bread
Finally, another recipe from the blog, BetterThanBurgers.net for a pistachio flavored St. Patrick’s Day Bread
This one also gets a quick start by using a store bought cake mix.
Here’s what you will need:
* 1 yellow cake mix
* 4 eggs
* 1/4 cup oil
* 2 Tablespoons water
* 1 (3 oz) pkg. instant pistachio pudding mix
* 1 cup sour cream
* 1/2-1 teaspoon green food coloring
* 1 teaspoon almond extract
* 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
* Grease and flour two loaf pans.
* Mix all ingredients together until well blended.
* Pour into prepared pans.
* Bake for 40-45 minutes.
* Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans.