Serve These Easy Irish Appetizers Ahead of the St Patrick’s Day Feast

crudités board with white bean and pea dip
16 Easy Irish Appetizers for St. Patrick’s DayBecky Luigart-Stayner

Though Ireland has plenty of delicious food and is well-known for its whiskey, there isn’t a particularly strong culture of appetizers. But that doesn't mean that you can't kick off your St. Patrick’s Day dinner with some holiday-appropriate hors d'oeuvres and snacks!

These St. Patrick’s Day appetizers are all on-point, with either classic Irish ingredients, or flush with the lucky color green, or simply something we know will taste well with a rich Guinness beef stew or a classic corned beef.

So browse through the list and pick something good. You know it’ll be easy to make, and will taste great!

Lemon-Herb Cheese Bites

These flavorful bites make a great spring appetizer, and they’re just the right color!

Get the recipe for Lemon-Herb Cheese Bites.

lemon herb cheese bites
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Crudités Board with White Bean-and-Pea Dip

This green, springy dip is perfect for kicking off a St. Patrick's Day dinner! You can fill the board with all the crunchiest of veggies. It's both tasty and healthy!

Get the recipe for Crudités Board with White Bean-and-Pea Dip.

crudités board with white bean and pea dip
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Salmon Patties

Being an island, Ireland’s cuisine incorporates plenty of seafood. These delicious salmon patties will fit right in.

Get the recipe for Salmon Patties.

salmon patties
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Oysters Rockefeller

These roasted oysters got the name “Rockefeller” for all the green on top. They’re color-correct, super tasty, and as a bonus, you can make them with Irish oysters!

Get the recipe for Oysters Rockefeller.

a table with oysters rockefeller
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Pastry-Wrapped Asparagus

Green spring asparagus make an excellent appetizer, and the pastry turns them into finger food!

Get the recipe for Pastry-Wrapped Asparagus.

pastry wrapped asparagus with balsamic dipping sauce
John Kernick

Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

There’s no wrong time for sausage-stuffed mushrooms.

Get the recipe for Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms.

sausage stuffed mushrooms
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Fire-Roasted Bread

Green spinach is seasonally appropriate, but more importantly, this dip is delicious!

Get the recipe for Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Fire-Roasted Bread.

skillet spinach artichoke dip
Brian Woodcock

Broiled Shrimp Vermouth

Here's a seafood dish that is a) easy to make, b) incredibly tasty, and c) just right as a starter.

Get the recipe for Broiled Shrimp Vermouth.

broiled shrimp vermouth

In 1971's Dinner on a Toothpick, authors Josephine Camille and Gail Johnson share their secret to casual entertaining at home: a cocktail buffet filled with finger food. "Anything that can't be handled with a thumb and a maximum of two fingers is out!"

Melina Hammer

Green Beer

Start the evening off by clinking glasses with this classic St. Paddy’s Day quaff.

Get the recipe for Green Beer.

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Shamrock Soda Bread

A heart-shaped cookie cutter helps turn traditional Irish quick bread into a fun shamrock shape.

Get the recipe for Shamrock Soda Bread.

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Brian Woodcock

Potato and Parsnip Pancakes

Another great way to use parnips is in potato pancakes! You can sub out the matzo meal in this recipe for leftover mashed potatoes, and you'll basically have Irish Boxty.

Get the recipe for Potato and Parsnip Latkes.

Potato Parsnip Latkes Recipe
Brian Woodcock

Honey-Apple Baked Brie with Fried Sage

Don’t forget the fried green sage leaves!

Get the recipe for Honey-Apple Baked Brie with Fried Sage.

honey apple baked brie with fried sage
Hector M. Sanchez

Beer Cheese Fondue

Use Guinness in lieu of the cider in this recipe for a Beer Cheese fondue that can’t be beat!

Get the recipe for Fondue.

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Becky Stayner

Everything Bagel Dip

One of the best appetizers is just lots of fresh spring green veggies and a tasty dip! This creamy concoction is as fresh-tasting as it gets.

Get the recipe for Everything Bagel Dip.

everything bagel dip
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Leprechaun Chow

Both a sweet treat and fun activity, you can make and enjoy this cereal-and-white-chocolate snack with your kids or grandkids.

Get the recipe for Leprechaun Chow.

leprechaun chow
Erin Phraner

Crispy Rosemary Potato Cakes

Turn mashed potatoes into a mouthwatering appetizer!

Get the recipe for Crispy Rosemary Potato Cakes.

crispy rosemary potato cakes
Kana Okada

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