Something Different For St. Patty’s Day

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St Paddy’s day celebratory foods are a lot more than corned beef & cabbage, Irish soda bread, shepherd’s pie, Irish coffee and ice anything that can be iced with green icing: “If it’s green, then it’s perfect for St Patrick’s Day!” You can go to an Irish Pub or watch the parade in NYC, but why leave your house when you can cook up all these foods and bring the party into your home? You’ll avoid the crowds, overdose on green and have a fantastic time and be able to pass out right  in your bed afterwards. So here are a few quick recipes to put on your St Paddy’s day roster and get the party started:

Of course, a party is never started without alcohol, so these green whiskey sour shots are crucial to everyone having a good time. You’ll need 1 package lemon gelatin, 1 package lime gelatin, 2 cups boiling water, 1 1⁄2 cups cold water and a 1⁄2 cup Irish whiskey. Make the Jell-O as you normally would, substituting the above ingredients for those listed on the Jell-O package. Pour into green shot glasses, or any St Patrick’s Day themed shot glasses, and chill until the shots set. If you have any leftover whiskey, soak green gummy bears in it for a couple of hours and then freeze the gummies over night. Now guests can take a green whiskey shot and chase it with a gummy bear!

For a real Irish recipe, whip up these Parmesan Thyme Bread Crusts for your guests to nibble on. Gather 6 cups bread crusts, 7 – 8 tbsp olive oil, ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1½ tsp dried thyme, ½ tsp salt and black pepper to taste. Make sure your oven is preheated to 180 degrees while you prep. Now place the bread crusts in a bowl and drizzle the olive oil over them, making sure to toss the bread and redistribute the oil as you go. Add in the Parmesan cheese, thyme, salt and pepper, and again make sure the crusts get evenly covered. Spread the crusts on two baking trays and bake until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes. Alcohol and food— you’re ready to party on St Paddy’s Day!