These St. Patrick’s Day appetizers are perfect for any celebration!
But from cheese dip to Irish nachos, they’re especially ideal for a St Patrick’s bash.
Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Appetizers
Forget old Saint Nick! St Patrick is my ideal party date.
After all, what other festive celebration has whiskey sliders, shamrock skewers, and beer dip!?
And whether you’re hosting the whole block or just a few guests, these St. Patrick’s Day appetizers are sure to hit the spot.
St. Patrick’s Day is all about Irish culture. And what’s more Irish than Guinness?!
Okay, there are a few things, but it’s definitely near the top of the list.
And for those who find it too dark, this supremely cheesy, garlicky dish is the perfect middle ground.
It’s gooey, tasty, and unbelievably delicious.
Turn your Tex-Mex fave into an Irish-American must-make.
You’ll skip traditional tortilla chips and use homemade potato chips instead. They’re thicker and can hold way more toppings.
And what a relief – because you’ll want a ton of this Reuben-inspired cheesy goodness.
One thing you can always rely on at every St. Patrick’s Day party is an array of green appetizers.
But if you’re not a fan of food dye, there are plenty of ways to get that emerald hue naturally.
Like with avocado! Mix it with the egg yolks and mayo, and boom! Green “eggs” and ham.
These potato puffs are absolutely scrumptious. And all it takes is a scoop of your favorite Irish mashed potatoes.
This recipe calls for kale, but I prefer spinach and cabbage. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
You’ll notice a few Reuben-inspired recipes on this list. And while it’s not from Ireland, the corned beef certainly is!
So I think it counts!
Anyway, after one bite of this, you won’t mind where it came from. You’ll just want more of that meaty-tangy flavor and crunchy exterior.
When you need green appetizers to appease St Patrick, there’s no need to source anything crazy.
Just use pesto! It’s bright, herby, and delicious right out of the jar.
And believe it or not, these cheese bombs only need three main ingredients (plus the sauce).
If you’re not hosting too many people, quesadillas are ideal.
They’re warm, cheesy, and easy to mingle with. Plus, you can add fun sauces to make them extra yummy.
So serve these corned beef quesadillas and make it a St Patrick’s Day party with a Cinco de Mayo twist.
If egg rolls aren’t your thing, but you still want to feature corned beef and saurkraut at your St. Patrick’s Day party, make these pinwheels instead.
They’re cold, filling, and fantastic. And they’ll hold up well on the party food table for hours.
9. Reuben Pizza
This eight-ingredient pizza is another excellent option for anyone craving Thousand Island dressing, corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese.
And you can totally make mini pizzas for party guests!
Big or small, they’re cheesy, crispy, and have plenty of tangy flavor you’ll love.
I’m drooling just looking at these bad boys.
Does it get any better than spicy beef with bacon, whiskey sauce, cheese, and sweet Hawaiian rolls?
No, it really doesn’t!
In fact, I have a feeling you’ll make these sliders for every party this year.
These crunchy, salty crackers have a unique spinach and dill flavor that just about everyone will love.
Not to mention the color!
Serve them by themselves or with your favorite green dip (you’ll see a few below) for extra St. Patrick’s Day fun.
Whether you make this for St. Patrick’s Day or just because you’re craving a tasty lunch, this Irish soda bread appetizer is incredible.
It’s homemade, so you’ll need to plan ahead. But luckily, it’s a relatively simple recipe to make.
And when you top it with butter, smoked salmon, chives, and fresh dill? It’s phenomenal.
Of all the green appetizers in the world, I think dips are the best. That’s because they’re so vibrant!
Since they’re not usually cooked, you get all the fresh flavor and all the natural color.
Add some mint and tahini with a kick of citrus, and this is the dip of the spring!
14. Potato Cakes
Need something mild and crispy with a tender, fluffy center to serve with that minty dish above?
How about potato cakes?
They’re the ultimate dipper and couldn’t be more straightforward to make at home.
Better yet, they’ll use up any mashed potatoes you have sitting in the fridge.
Beef pot pies are an Irish pub food staple. And these mini pies are just what you need for a St. Patrick’s Day party.
Use ready-made pie crusts and ground beef, so they cook in time.
This recipe is pretty traditional, so it’s close to perfect. But tweak it as you like.
Here’s another great recipe for Irish soda bread. Only this version is loaded with cheese and herbs!
Serve it warm on the side of something cheesy or just with some butter. It’s seriously so good, you don’t need anything else.
17. Scotch Eggs
Despite the name, Scotch eggs were actually invented in London. And they’re a hugely popular snack and appetizer across the U.K. and Ireland.
You’ll love the soft boiled egg and meaty casing. And that crispy coating is just the right amount of crunch.
Use pork sausage meat to keep them traditional. Or make it your won with chorizo or even a plant-based option.
Cheese balls are always welcome at parties.
And while this isn’t a green dish for St. Patrick’s day, it does have corned beef in the mix!
That makes it salty and meaty, with a nice layer of creamy goodness to round it out.
It’s cool. It’s delicious. It’s guacamole!
This might be the king of all green appetizers. It’s at every party and backyard bash, after all. And everyone loves it.
So if you’re looking for an easy St. Patrick’s Day appetizer that you know will be a crowd-pleaser, it’s the best way to go.
And if guacamole isn’t your family’s favorite, then try this recipe for spinach artichoke dip instead.
It, too, is well-suited to a St Patrick-themed holiday party.
And it’s creamy, warm, and full of salty bacon and gooey cheese. Plus, it’s ready in just 30 minutes!
21. Irish Rarebit
You may have heard of Welsh Rarebit, a yummy snack of melty cheese and savory sauce on toast.
And this is similar. You’ll still use mustard and Worcestershire sauce with a nice aged cheddar.
But to make it St Patrick approved, you’ll also add Guinness!
Spinach and feta go hand in hand. And these pinwheels are a terrific way to feed a crowd of hungry guests.
Use frozen puff pastry to speed things up, as well as frozen spinach, if you like.,
From there, it’s just a matter of spreading, rolling, cutting, and baking.
It may not be deep and dark like stout, but this dish is full of savory flavors and a hint of beer.
Like the rarebit recipe, it features a blend of Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and cheese.
But there’s also cream cheese to make it rich and creamy.
Meatballs are a party food staple. They’re easy to make and just need a few toothpicks for serving.
And while I adore them smothered in sweet chili sauce, these stout glazed meatballs are a thing of beauty.
Use turkey to keep them lean, and feel free to add BBQ sauce for a smoky finish.
Sometimes, all it takes to be festive is a spinach tortilla!
I mean, this is an easy and tasty green appetizer you could serve any day of the year.
But when you need green for St Patrick, it’s a no-brainer.
26. Avocado Feta Dip
If you want something cool and creamy that’s not guac, try this tasty avocado and cheese recipe.
It has many of the same flavors, but the feta gives it a lighter, creamier, and saltier finish.
How cute is this all-green snack board? It takes those meaty charcuterie trays and turns up the festive fun to eleven!
Of course, you can make this with anything you like.
But that combo of apples, grapes, broccoli, peppers, peas, and kale chips is just too Insta-worthy to not share!
Need some tasty green appetizers in a hurry? Try these yummy pesto tartines.
They’re like bruschetta, and they’re super addictive.
Plus, you only need three ingredients – a baguette, goat cheese, and pesto. How easy is that?
Peas are such underused veggies, but they’re so tasty on crunchy bread with creamy ricotta.
Add some pine nuts, bright chives, and a light dusting of lemon zest, and these are to die for.
If you have an array of tasty dips, don’t just serve boring old crackers!
Instead, make these herby pesto breadsticks! I promise, your guests will go nuts over these babies.
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