Themes are always a great thing to build a gathering around, and few occasions make that easier than St. Patrick's Day. Of course, corned beef and cabbage can be fun, but why not liven things up by going beyond Irish food, while still encompassing a green theme?
A Wee Bit O’ History
Border-stretching appetizers and entrees make sense, considering that St. Patrick himself blended cultures. The Italian native taken to Ireland as a slave, later becoming a priest. Green became the Irish way to honor him during the late eighteenth-century rebellion against the red-wearing English.
That’s why “global green” is a great way to avoid the usual pub food party for your March 17 gathering. Swath your buffet table in emerald fabrics, garnish your bar with green herbs and whip up global recipes in various shades of green. Indian cuisine, which prizes green vegetables and herbs, is a great place to start!
St. Patrick's Day Dip
Spinach-artichoke dip is always a crowd-pleaser, but giving it an Indian twist will impress your guests even more. Make sure to pick up some Garam Masala, the Indian spice blend available in the gourmet section of your supermarket, or make your own.
Peel and cube two avocados, and wash and pat dry 3 cups of baby spinach leaves. Place them in your food processor along with the juice of half a lemon, ½ teaspoon of Garam Masala, and salt and pepper to taste. Pulse the ingredients until they are well-combined, and somewhere between chunky and creamy.
Green Chicken Kebabs
When it comes to finger foods, it doesn’t get much easier than kebabs. These tasty skewered foods can hold any number of tempting morsels. For St. Patrick's Day, keep the emerald theme going with green chicken kebabs, which get their color from a cilantro-jalapeno-yogurt marinade.
Start by brushing a mixture of lemon juice, chili powder and ginger paste over cubed chicken. While the chicken absorbs this first marinade, prepare the second by blending: ½ cup Greek yogurt, a small bunch of cilantro (use mint or basil instead, if you prefer), 3 chopped jalapenos or chili peppers, 3 chopped garlic cloves and 1 sliced onion. Add a blend of about ½ teaspoon each garam masala, turmeric, cumin, as well as salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the yogurt blend over the cubed chicken, and chill the marinated chicken for at least one hour. Skewer the chicken cubes and brush each kebab with oil, Broil them on Low for about 30 minutes, turning once, and serve with chutney or mint-yogurt sauce.
Need to Round Out Your Paddy’s Day Feast?
Curry Up can supplement your party appetizers and snacks with our catered foods. Our menu features mini-samosas, savory wraps, colorful condiments and other goodies to your buffet to reduce your workload and add to the fun.