St Patrick’s Day is almost here. What’s supposed to be a religious and cultural celebration has morphed into more of a day of drinking and green everything.
As parents, joining in the full extent of St Patrick’s Day debauchery can be difficult, so we have put together a collection of yummy St Paddy’s-themed treats that all ages can enjoy. For those who still want a touch of the drink, don’t worry – we’ve included a lovely alcoholic treat for you.
LEPRECHAUN APPLE HATS
The ultimate St Patrick’s Day snacktivity courtesy of Fork & Beans is guaranteed to keep the kids both busy and well-nourished. All you need is a green apple, carrot, yellow capsicum and the nut/seed butter of your choice. You’ll also need a little shamrock cookie cutter (or a steady hand to craft the shamrocks).
See the full instructions here.
Image and recipe: Fork & Beans
BASIL, KALE, CASHEW AND WALNUT PESTO (paleo, gluten and dairy free)
This is a beautiful dip that is also conveniently green for the purpose of St Patrick’s Day festivities.
What you’ll need is:
- 1 cup packed basil leaves
- 2 cups packed kale leaves (stems removed)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup toasted raw cashews
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt.
Tip: Toast the nuts together in a dry frypan until brown.
Image and recipe: Hey Bernice!
How about a shamrock food option that requires only the crudest (or complete absence) of crafting skills?Try this shamrock pizza!
Knead water, apple cider vinegar and olive oil into a grain-free pizza dough mix. Shape the resulting mixture into a shamrock shape – you can achieve this either through trimming or tacking three round, flat pizzas together. Then add your favourite pizza toppings. You can include more green stuff to give the pizza a more St Paddy’s feel. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges of the pizza are browned.
Image and recipe: Fork & Beans
BOOZY BAILEYS COOKIES
As promised earlier, here is one is for the grown ups. It has alcohol, caffeine and sugar, rolled into one handy (and culturally aware – sort of) dessert.
For the biscuit base, you’ll need flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, salt, unsalted butter, baking soda, cocoa, instant espresso, and Irish cream (Bailey’s works a treat). For the icing, you’ll need sifted confectioners’ sugar and more Bailey’s.
For full instructions, see If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen.
Image and instructions: If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen
CRISPY SMASHERS (AKA IRISH ROADKILL)
So this isn’t a green recipe, but you don’t get much more Irish than spuds.
It’s not only yummy but ridiculously easy to make. Yep, I’ve brought out the italics. That’s how ridiculously easy it is.
All you’ll need is medium red-skinned potatoes, some olive oil, sea salt (kosher salt or seasoned salt also work well) and freshly ground pepper.
Preheat the oven to 220C. In the meantime, make a small slit at the top of each potato, place them on a paper plate and microwave on high for about 7 minutes per 500 grams. They should be soft after this.
Arrange the potatoes on the baking pan, leaving enough space for each potato to spread out. Then, squash each potato flat (to half an inch thick). You can do this with a potato masher or the heel of your hand.
On each potato, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper.
Bake for about half an hour, or until crispy.
For a full tutorial, see Shockingly Delicious.
Image and recipe: Shockingly Delicious