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St. Paddy's Day Snacks
If you’re enjoying a few drinks for St. Paddy’s Day, be sure to pace yourself and fill up on some hearty snacks! Your mates will appreciate an epic spread of Irish Pub Nachos, Irish Cheese Toasties, and Luck of the Irish Party Mix. Pair them with some Irish themed cocktails, or any favourite Irish beer or whiskey. Cheers!
Irish Pub Nachos
1 1/2 lbs russet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 slices thick cut bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
sour cream, to taste
Slice scrubbed potatoes into ¼ inch thick slices, then add to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle them with olive oil and toss with thyme, salt and pepper. Place the potatoes in an even, single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, flip the potatoes, and then return them to the oven to bake for a final 20 minutes. Allow to cool just enough to safely handle, then transfer to a flat cast iron pan, with the edges slightly overlapping in a spiral pattern. Spread the cheese and bacon out evenly over top. Bake another 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove the skillet from the oven and let the potatoes rest for a minute. Top with chopped tomatoes and jalapenos, and serve with a scoop of sour cream.
PAIR IT WITH:
Guinness Black Russian (get the recipe here)
Luck of the Irish Party Mix
Chex Chocolate Mix
3 cups Rice Chex Cereal
1 cup white chocolate chips
Mini Peanut Butter Cups, cut in quarters
Andes Mints, chopped
Green Candy Sprinkles
8 cups caramel corn (1 cup of kernels)*
Green Caramel Corn* (optional alternative):
8 cups popped popcorn (1 cup of kernels)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4-6 drops green food coloring
Cook popcorn and set aside. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Heat until butter is melted, then continue cooking for 3 minutes without stirring. Add baking soda, vanilla and food colouring. Stir to combine. Pour over popped corn and stir well, then spread evenly onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds, stirring after every 15 seconds. Pour chex cereal in a medium bowl and stir in melted chocolate. Add green sugar and toss. Spread evenly onto a cookie sheet and set aside until set. After the popcorn and cereal mixtures are cooled and set, break into pieces and add to a large bowl with pretzels and all remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
PAIR IT WITH:
The Nutty Irishman (get the recipe here)
Irish Cheese Toasties
2oz. Irish cheddar cheese, grated
12 1/2-inch slices French baguette
2-3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Sliced green onion
Red pepper flakes
fresh thyme bits
Slice toasts from the baguette loaf and apply a smear of Dijon. Place toasts on a baking tray and sprinkle with cheese. Broil or bake in a toaster oven until golden and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, sliced green onion and red pepper flakes.
PAIR IT WITH:
The Perfect Irish Coffee (get the recipe here)
DID YOU KNOW…
To make green beer, don’t add green food colouring … use blue! Or blue curacao works even better!