We had a few of our closest friends over to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I'm a little late in posting about the party but we left for a weekend trip and just got home on Sunday night.
The cooking was a team effort with my husband and I cooking most of the day preparing the menu. We started cooking the Irish Beef Stew and the Corn Beef early since both required hours.
Our appetizers included:
Irish Egg Rolls made with chopped red cabbage, carrots cooked with the stew, chopped corn beef, Swiss cheese and the egg roll wrappers then deep fried 2-3 minutes. We served them with a couple of different dipping sauces both made with horseradish.
A fruit and cheese board featuring the colors of the Irish flag: blood oranges, green grapes, white yogurt covered pretzels, Vermont Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple Granny Smith Apples thinly slices and formed to the shape of a Shamrock.
A Kentucky Bourbon cheese spread purchased at the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY.
We stopped at the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY, on a recent trip to Louisville, KY.
The ladies drank orange margaritas to continue of theme of Irish colors. These Irish Margaritas were mixed using diet orange soda, diet sun drop soda, sugar free Triple Sec and Tequila. I know margaritas aren't Irish but it was fun and we laughed.
After the appetizers, the Irish stew was served at the table along with Irish grilled cheese sandwiches, Irish potato cakes, and Corn Beef and sauerkraut sandwiches. Sorry, I forgot a pic of the Irish grilled cheese sandwich.
You can see my St. Patty's Day tablescape here.
For dessert, we served Grasshopper Mint Pie, Andes Mints and Irish Milkshakes.
The grasshopper pie was made with pistachio pudding, whipped cream, a couple drops of mint, milk extract, and a chocolate cookie crust. The milk shakes were made with ice cream, peppermint schnapps, vanilla extract, and a little green liquid food coloring.
I pulled out several pieces of green decor to use in our living room.
We had a fun evening with our friends! Thanks for stopping in. Let me know what you think about our menu - Judy.