A greenlight for food: Dishes you will be lucky to have this St. Patrick’s Day

By Lulu Heffernan | March 17, 2022 4:32pm

A stack of matcha green tea pancakes, a leprechaun dessert shooter cup, and a green goddess grilled cheese sandwich.

Media Credit: Ryan Reynolds / The Beacon

It seems that everybody is focused on what green outfits to wear every St. Patrick’s Day (whether this is out of excitement or fear of being pinched is unclear), but what we tend to neglect is St. Patrick’s day food. Sure, there’s corned beef and cabbage – which is still delicious – but it doesn’t hold the same charm as Valentine's Day heart-shaped cookies or candy apples on Halloween. 

Here are some green-themed recipes to have fun with this St. Patrick’s Day:

Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dessert Dip

With a creamy and smooth cream cheese base, this dip brings back the promising chocolate-mint duo. Anything you desire can be dipped in this dessert, from berries to cookies. Adding in the green food dye is what makes this recipe fun, but it’s not required to make it taste delicious, so you don’t have to worry about your hands turning green. 

Find the full recipe here. 

Matcha Green Tea Pancakes

These pancakes bring the beloved matcha beverage to your breakfast. Getting their green color from the matcha powder, these light and fluffy pancakes can be topped with syrup, yogurt and/or fruit. You could even pair these matcha pancakes with a matcha latte. Too much matcha?

Find the full recipe here. 

Leprechaun Dessert Shooters

This next dessert is reminiscent of childhood worms in dirt. There aren’t any leprechauns mixed in with this pudding-based recipe but there is a lot of sugar. Bringing together Oreos and dyed green vanilla pudding, this dessert is topped with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a pot of gold at the end of this dessert. 

Find the full recipe here. 

Avocado Pesto Spread

This recipe brings a savory taste to the holiday. This spread can be finished off with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of olive oil. This avocado pesto is great to go on a sliced baguette and served as an appetizer. 

Avocado pesto spread served on slices of baguette.

by Ryan Reynolds / The Beacon

Find the full recipe here. 

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich 

This is a perfect lunch for St. Patrick’s Day. This recipe takes the simplistic deliciousness of a grilled cheese and adds in the freshness of different produce like spinach and avocados. For aesthetic purposes, use a white cheese like havarti or mozzarella instead of a cheddar. 

Find the full recipe here. 

Laura Heffernan is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at hefferna23@up.edu