As you're planning your upcoming St. Patrick’s Day party, don’t forget to make room for some delicious Irish finger foods!
Potatoes are a traditional part of Irish cuisine and when you think of Irish party foods and appetizers, potato appetizers are probably the first that come to mind.
While this list of tasty Irish party foods does contain a few simple potato appetizers that your guests are sure to love, there are also a few other flavorful party foods that will be perfect for your Irish celebration. Think sliders, nachos, and other tasty appetizers that guests will love.
Today I'm delighted to share a selection of tasty appetizers from around the internet, especially for Saint Patrick's Day. These recipes may not be the usual traditional Irish fare that I share, but this list showcases delicious Irish American cuisine at its finest.
And so, without further ado, here's a quick round up of some delicious party appetizers with an Irish twist (or more correctly an Irish American twist).
Reuben Topped Irish Nachos
Irish nachos are an American invention, and a delicious one at that. Usually Irish nachos feature potato slices instead of tortilla chips, that are topped with typically Mexican style additions like sour cream and jalapeños. This version, however, doesn't venture south of the border for toppings.
Instead these Irish nachos are topped with the flavors of a Reuben sandwich. Easy to make and delicious, these nachos will be a fun and tasty appetizer everyone is sure to love.
They're a wonderful accompaniment to a glass of Irish beer or a pint of Guinness stout. It's a favorite Irish pub cheese appetizer.
Corned Beef Sliders:
Leftover corned beef is something to look forward to, especially when you can use it to make a delicious corned beef slider.
These Guinness braised corned beef sliders are topped with a crisp coleslaw and served on slider rolls for a fun Irish appetizer.
Coleslaw is the substitute for cooked veggies in these cabbage sliders.
Leprechaun Chex Mix:
Friends and family will enjoy munching on this tasty leprechaun Chex Mix throughout the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Why not create some green Irish themed snacks for the special occasion.
It's simple to make and inexpensive. Only five ingredients necessary -Rice Chex, pretzel sticks, Dark Chocolate Mint M&Ms, White Chocolate Chips, and green sprinkles. You might even lure a few leprechauns with this flavorful mix.
Loaded Irish Pub Waffle Fry Nachos:
Served on crispy waffle fries, these nachos are topped with a homemade cheese sauce and served as an appetizer.
Replacing tortilla chips with waffle fries - how creative is that, and the tasty toppings take these Irish style nachos over the top.
Slices of potatoes replace the customary corn tortialla chips or pita chips found in traditional nacho recipes in many Irish nacho recipes. Beer cheese can also be substituted to smother these potato waffle pieces.
Simply assemble them on a baking sheet before baking them in the oven.
Irish Deviled Eggs:
An easy St. Patrick’s Day appetizer, these Irish deviled eggs add corned beef and cabbage to the egg filling for a tasty party food idea.
The egg yolks are creamed with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard, then mixed with finely chopped cabbage and corned beef.
Irish Potato Bites:
An easy potato appetizer, these Irish potato bites are filled with corned beef and cheese for a filling appetizer.
The potatoes are boiled, then halved. The inner flesh is scooped out and mixed with Irish cheddar and diced corned beef. The potato skins are filled once again with the cheesy potato mash and baked. Delicious topped with sour cream and chives.
You might also enjoy my recipe for mushroom and cheddar potato bites.
Cheddar Cheese Potato Bites
Irish cheddar and mushroom potato bites are a little taste of Ireland, all in one or two delicious nibbles. These versatile little appetizers can even double up as a side dish.
Plus the good news, is that preparation can be completed ahead of time. The only step required at party time is to pop the filled potato halves in the oven until the cheese melts to create all that ooey gooey savory goodness.
Cheddar cheese is my choice for these party finger foods, but you can substitute a Swiss cheese, such as Gruyere is you wish.
Irish Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Are you looking for a finger food recipe that is sure to be a hit?
These mushrooms may be the perfect solution. They feature large mushrooms, stuffed with cheddar cheese with garlic and butter breadcrumbs. They're surprisingly easy to make, and they're packed with flavor.
Irish cheese and garlic stuffed mushrooms are the perfect appetizer for all your guests, Irish or not.
Another delicious Irish nacho recipe, this party appetizer is topped with a cheesy corned beef and cabbage mixture.
This recipe is also a wonderful way to use up left over corned beef on the day after Saint Patrick's Day.
Reuben Egg Rolls:
Packed full of corned beef, cabbage, sauerkraut, and a delicious dressing, these fried egg rolls are easy and flavorful.
Served with a mustard and mayonnaise dip, spiked with a little Irish stout, these Irish American inspired egg rolls, are simply delicious.
Healthy Reuben Dip:
Guests will love this delicious and healthier Rueben dip.
It's a great alternative to a spinach dip or an artichoke dip. Reuben sandwiches and flavors may not belong in a traditional Irish recipe collection, but they're true Irish American cooking at its best.
Ready in just 30 minutes, this dip can be served with crackers or with mini appetizer toasts. It's also delicious when served with a dark pumpernickel bread.
Miniature Boxty with Crème Fraîche and Truffle Caviar Appetizer:
These Miniature Boxty, topped crème fraîche and truffle caviar, will make for a delicious Irish party appetizer or finger food!
Boxty are Irish potato pancakes. These smaller sized boxty pancakes are perfect bite sized appetizers.
Avocado Deviled Eggs
A green egg recipe to celebrate the Irish holiday, these avocado deviled eggs are easy to make and simply delicious.
No green food coloring needed. Avocado and some extra spinach are all that are needed to create this Irish green egg filling.
Hard boiled egg yolks are scooped into a bowl and combined with green veggies to create this Irish themed deviled egg filling.
Irish Corned Beef Potato Cakes:
A simple twist on the original potato pancakes, these Irish corned beef potato cakes are served as an appetizer for your holiday party.
Combine chopped corned beef pieces with the potato pancake mix before cooking to create a delicious appetizer, with a wonderful meaty twist.
Shrimp and Cucumber Bites:
Here's one from my own Irish American kitchen. Create a green, white and orange appetizer using cucumber slices, herbed cream cheese and shrimp.
This simple finger food is ever so easy to assemble, and is a shout out to the Irish flag.
Rainbow Fruit Platter:
And don't forget a little fruity fun for little ones. A fruit selection is always delicious, but when the fruit is shaped liked a rainbow, then little ones think of leprechauns and pots of gold.
Gold foil wrapped candies are perfect your very own pot of gold. This version of a fruit rainbow is for a small gathering of about four, with just the right amount of fruit for no leftovers. Enjoy!
Irish Sausage Rolls
Sausage rolls are a go to party food in Ireland. They're a staple on many entertaining menus all over the Emerald Isle.
And so, why not spoil your guests on Saint Patrick's Day with a true taste of Ireland.
My recipe uses seasoned ground pork to create an authentic tasting Irish sausage filling.
Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Bites
Smoked salmon is a favorite Irish ingredient and is used extensively in Irish appetizers. This smoked salmon and cucumber bites recipe combines the flavors of smoked salmon, cucumber, cream cheese and radishes, to create cocktail stick appetizer bites.
You can substitute other veggies if you wish and create your very own Irish nibbles.
Small pieces of green peppers, green onions, or thinly slices shavings of carrot work really well if you like to customize your very own appetziers.
Irish Egg Salad Sandwiches
These egg salad sandwiches are probably the most popular party food in Ireland. They're served for afternoon teas, at house parties, as late night snacks at weddings and at Irish wakes.
Perfect finger foods, these triangular sandwiches are filled with mashed hard boiled egg, small pieces of tomato, shredded lettuce and green onions combined together with mayonnaise.
Season this sandwich filling with salt to bring out the true flavors of this egg salad.
Thank You To The Many Contributors
Many thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who gave me permission to feature their work in this tasty round up.
Party food is such fun and it's lovely to see so many scrumptious and creative appetizers.
You won't need the luck of the Irish to create the perfect appetizer for your next Irish party.
And always remember that a few finger sized slices of Irish soda bread, served with Irish butter, are an ever so easy crowd pleaser.
Have a wonderful Saint Patrick's Day.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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