In the United States, we’re all familiar with Saint Patrick’s Day traditions, but how is Saint Patrick’s Day celebrated in Ireland? While here in the US, we tend to think of a “pub crawl” and wearing green as the primary activities on this special day, in Ireland it is celebrated as more of a religious holiday and is similar to Christmas and Easter. Here are four fun St Patrick day snacks to enjoy with your children.
The traditional foods of Ireland are in important component of the day, and grand feasts are prepared to be shared with family and friends. Traditional Irish stew, shepherds pie and corned beef and cabbage are popular favorites. Besides these hearty adult dishes, there are lots of just-for-fun foods which are perfect to make with the kids, and green is the color of the day, so get into the kitchen, put on some Celtic music, and get cooking!
Four Fun St Patrick Day Snacks That Your Kids Will Love
Green Soda Bread
Add a couple of drops of green food coloring to your favorite traditional soda bread recipe for a cute twist on an old favorite. Just before baking, let the kids decorate the top of the dough with raisins in the shape of a funny face, a shamrock or a leprechaun hat. Alternatively, they can use colored frosting to make Irish-themed designs after baking and cooling.
Kids can have fun arranging fruits onto a pretty Saint-Patrick’s Day themed platter. Use kiwis, honeydew, green grapes and green apples for a healthy and beautiful dessert.
Perfect Green Peas
You can use fresh or frozen peas for this super-simple dish which is easy for the kids to make. Take three cups of peas and place them in a bowl with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 Tbsp. olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Have the kids mix them up until they are thoroughly coated, then sautee them in a pan over medium heat till cooked through.
Green Jello With A Twist
Kids love making jello, and Saint Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to make lime flavored jello, but with a twist- add sweetened cream cheese to the recipe for a rich, delicious dessert that tastes like a key lime cheesecake. Put a couple of drops of green food coloring in a half cup of softened cream cheese along with two Tbsp of sugar, and use a hand mixer to blend it into the jello mixture before setting in the fridge.
There are also more St. Patrick’s Day ideas below. What fun St Patrick Day snacks will you try this year?