A St Patricks Day snack board

A St Patricks Day snack board

We love a good snack board, and for St Patricks Day we can't think of anything better than a fresh and healthy green platter! 

Of course the best thing about a snack board is you can put whatever you like (or whatever's in your kitchen) on it, but if you're after some ideas for a St Patricks themed platter, here are some of our favorite ideas.

Green is good

One way to make your board undeniably Irish is to feature only (or mostly) green foods.

On our board we've chosen grapes, capsicum/pepper, cucumber, avocado, green apple, Irish cheddar, pesto and crackers.  Other options to try include beans, olives, kiwi, rocket/arugula, pears and sugar snap peas. 

If you're not so fussed on the health aspect of your board, you can also go crazy with green-hued candy such as gummy bears and skittles.

snack board st patricks day

Taste the rainbow

Another fun way to combine food and color is to create a rainbow effect, perfect for a St Patricks Day theme. Select a range of your favorite nibbles (bright colored is the best way to go here) and arrange them according to color. 

 

st patricks day rainbow board charcuterie

(image by @thedelicious / Instagram)

Irish delights

Not crazy about color? You can create a beautiful board using a variety of traditionally Irish treats such as Irish cheeses and charcuterie teamed with rye bread.

Pair your board with a Guinness, or if beer isn't your thing you can try our fresh and zesty St Patricks Day cocktail.

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A fresh and zesty St Patricks Day cocktail

A fresh and zesty St Patricks Day cocktail

Whether you celebrate St Patricks Day or not, this fresh and zesty cocktail is the perfect excuse to enjoy a drink or two with friends.

This simple lime + mint vodka cocktail already has a pretty green hue but if you want to boost the color for St Patricks Day, you could add a drop or two of food colouring before shaking, or add a teaspoon of matcha tea powder if you prefer a natural option.

st patricks day vodka mint cocktail

Mint and lime St Patricks Day cocktail

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
  • 2/3 cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup (250ml) lime juice (approximately 6 limes)
  • 1 cup (250ml) vodka
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup*
  • Soda water, to serve
  • Food coloring / matcha powder (optional)

METHOD

To make the simple syrup, place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.  As the water approaches boiling point dissolve the sugar by stirring constantly. 

Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool completely

Place the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with the lime juice and lightly bruise using a cocktail muddler or wooden rolling pin. Add vodka and simple syrup (and optional coloring), then fill the shaker with ice. Give it a good shake, then pour into glasses and top up with soda water.

*If you're pressed for time or would rather not bother making simple syrup, you can substitute with agave or maple syrup to taste.  If you prefer a tart drink, you can omit the sweetener entirely.

st patricks day vodka mint cocktail

After a couple of these tangy tipples you'll be feeling very festive - to be sure, to be sure!   

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A berry, berry good pie recipe

A berry, berry good pie recipe

It's hard to beat a beautiful pie filed to the brim with juicy berries, unless perhaps you pair said pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This recipe has been our go-to for years now - originally adapted from this one over at Taste of Home, we've made some small adjustments to suit our taste and now think it's pretty much perfect.

The best thing about it is it's very easy to make a few tweaks depending on your tastebuds, and what berries you have available to you.

So whether you're about to leave berry season behind, or just heading into it, we recommend giving this recipe a go.  If you do, please let us know!

A berry, berry good pie recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

  • FILLING
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch / corn flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup halved fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • METHOD

    • In a large bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough into two portions so that one is slightly larger than the other. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
    • For filling, in a large saucepan, whisk sugar, cornstarch, salt, water and cinnamon until smooth; add blueberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly.
    • Preheat oven to 400° / 200C. Gently fold raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and lemon juice into blueberry mixture. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger portion of dough to a 1/8-inch (3mm) thick circle; transfer to a 9 inch / 22cm pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate. Add filling; dot with butter.
    • Roll remaining dough to a 1/8 inch (3mm) thick circle; cut into 1/2 inch (1cm) wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom pastry. Bake 10 minutes.
    • Reduce oven setting to 350° / 180C; bake 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.

    pie recipe berry

    TIPS AND TRICKS

    If you aren't able to find any of the berries listed in the ingredients, simply substitute with more of one of the other berries. Alternatively you can use apples or cherries.

    You can use frozen berries but they will release more juice than fresh berries.  In order to stop the base of your pie becoming soggy; you should either pre-bake the pie base only for around 5 minutes and/or add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of butter to your pastry which will help repel the extra juice.

    If you would like to create a decorative upper pie crust such as ours, working with cold dough will make your life a lot easier.  Ensure dough is chilled before starting to work on your design and if it gets difficult to work with, you can re-chill it for 15 minutes or so.

    If your berries are very ripe and sweet, you can add an extra half tablespoon of lemon juice to cut through the sweetness.  Alternatively you could try slightly reducing the sugar in the filling.

    If you have any other tips or tricks please be sure to let us know in the comments.  Enjoy!

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