St. Patrick’s Day Food: Appetizers and Main Dishes

Creating family memories is a high priority for me! The easiest way for me, is to create a fun meal for the holidays. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays for us!

Over the years we have had everything from Irish Beef Stew to simple green jello or Irish Trifles. I have never gone as far as to color mashed potatoes green though…have you?

Mini Reuben Appetizer for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers

Irish Beef Stew with Guinness Beer

St. Patrick’s Day Main Dishes

Loaded Red  Potatoes


St. Patrick’s Day Side Dishes

St. Patrick's Day Punch

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

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St. Patrick’s Day Dessert

This Irish Cheese Fondue has lots of different options, I made mine kid-friendly, but you could certainly use beer or wine if you would like to. I understand that when you cook the alcohol, it generally disappears, but it doesn’t totally cook out. I found a good explanation on the Science of Cooking. I just typically avoid it if I can, unless it’s cooking wine, which adds great flavor.

Irish Cheese Fondue
  • 6 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Red Potatoes {boiled}
  • Cauliflower and Broccoli, cut into small pieces
  • Crusty Bread, cut into small pieces
  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter and add garlic, saute until soft {about 30 seconds}, sprinkle in the flour a little at a time, whisking constantly until the mixture is thick. Slowly add apple juice, and whisk, making a rue, continue to whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add cheese a couple cups at a time and stir together. Cook over low heat until cheese is melted. Transfer to a Fondue Pot or small Crockpot.

The original recipe I found for the Irish Cheese Fondue called for Irish Cheese and Stout Beer, but I couldn’t find the cheese. If you would like to follow that recipe, visit Epicurious.

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  1. Kathia says:

    My goodness, I love cheese fondue, this one looks delicious.

  2. What a neat alternative to boiled dinner:-)

  3. Rachele S says:

    I have not gone as far as coloring the mashed potatos, but every year I come home on my lunch break and wreak havoc on the house. Cupboard doors are open, flour is sprinkled on the kitchen floor, the gallon of milk is colored green, etc. And then the leprechaun leaves a trail of gold coins throughout the house. I’m not sure who has more fun on St. Patrick’s Day???

  4. missy says:

    Thank you for sharing! Looks so good and fun :) Our anniversary is on St. Patricks Day. It’s just going to be me and the kids…so thanks for the great idea.

  5. What great, yummy ideas! We will have a family-friendly St. Pat’s Day party, and I think I’ll try your fondue idea too! Thanks for sharing! :)


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