A Super-Simple St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Menu

Adriana Velez | Mar 6, 2015 Food & Party
A Super-Simple St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Menu
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Families celebrate St. Patrick's Day in all kinds of ways. Most of us wear green -- and enjoy a fun Irish-inspired dinner. This year, make the meal easy with this super-simple St. Patrick's Day menu. After all, it's a very lucky family who gets to dig into this Crock-Pot Irish beef stew and finish up with a slice of grasshopper pie.

Celebrating St. Patrick's day with friends and family doesn't have to be complicated or a ton of work. That's why we've put together a super-simple St. Pat's menu with some traditional Irish and green-hued recipe inspiration. There's an appetizer, a vegetable, a main course (a la Crock-Pot!), a fun beverage, and because we couldn't stop at just one, there are two sensational looking desserts. Make it even simpler by asking guests to bring the appetizer and dessert. 

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Keep it simple this St. Paddy's day with a short menu and long, lively conversations around the table. With this minimal but delicious menu inspiration and the luck of the Irish, the whole family can be in bed by 9pm (now that's our kind of party!).

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  • Green Deviled Eggs

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    Here's a fun (green) starter for any St. Patrick's Day menu. This Green Deviled Eggs recipe from Karolyn over at Foodjimoto is pastel perfection on a plate. And they're so easy to make!

  • Peas With Butter & Mint

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    A springy twist on plain buttered peas is to add a few sprigs of mint. After cooking your peas (fresh or frozen), stir in butter and salt. Then roll a few fresh leaves of mint together and snip little ribbons with kitchen scissors directly over your peas. Stir well and serve.

  • Irish Beef Stew

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    Take the chill off a blustery March day with this slow cooker Irish beef stew! You'll want to start it in the morning since it cooks for 12 hours total. If you're short on time, skip that first step of browning the beef. And if you don't want to use stout, simply substitute with extra beef broth.

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  • Shamrock Sherbet Punch

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    There is nothing Irish about this drink, but kids love it and it's green. Here's a recipe for your classic shamrock lime sherbet punch. But if that's too sugary for your dinner, you could just mix up a pitcher of limeade. Or do what my mom always did -- put green food coloring in your kids' milk and call it a day!

  • Grasshopper Pie

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    Traditional grasshopper pie is usually made with specialty ingredients you'll have to hunt down and probably never use again, like creme de menthe. We found a simpler mint grasshopper pie recipe using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen!

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  • Shamrock Shakes

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    These could be served instead of, or alongside, the pie, depending on the number of sweet-tooth people at the St. Paddy's day party! 

    Shamrock Shake a la CafeMom

    1 pint vanilla ice cream

    1 cup whole milk

    1/4 teaspoon mint extract

    6-8 drops food coloring

    Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

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