Your St. Patrick's Day Feast

Normajean of the Unilever Consumer Kitchens shows you how to go green on March 17.

You don’t have to be Irish to love this holiday. But this year, skip the green bagels and beer and go for fun and festive fare that celebrates the season and the heritage of the Emerald Isle.

In fact, why not plan to host a friendly gathering to mark the occasion? Start with a batch of Basil Mo-Tea-Tos—a refreshing cocktail featuring iced tea and fresh basil, and a different way to "drink green."

For appetizers, try either California-Style Deviled Eggs, made with fresh avocado and Hellmann's® Real Mayonnaise, or Crab & Leek Stuffed Portobellos. Begin the meal with a hearty cup of Classic Potato Leek Soup. For the main course, go traditional with Pub-Style Corned Beef & Cabbage, a recipe that will make you wonder why you don’t serve it year-round—especially given that cabbage is one of the most wallet-friendly veggies in the produce section.

Delicious side dish options include: Smokey Scalloped Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce, and, of course, Irish Soda Bread, served with Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Spread. And for dessert, serve warm Apple-Walnut Crumb Pie, topped with a scoop of Breyers® All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream—or give the festivities a south of the border twist, with a Margarita Ice Cream Pie, made with Breyers® All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, frozen limeade and a quarter cup of tequila.

Keep in mind that it isn’t a true St. Patrick’s Day celebration without plenty of green, so this is the perfect occasion to pull out your green tablecloth and/or napkins, then add some green paper shamrocks and a vase of fresh spring flowers. And if you’re not hosting but want to contribute to someone else’s spread, offer to bring the Colcannon, an old-fashioned favorite whose name is derived from the Irish “white-headed cabbage.” Easy to make and transport, this creamy potato-and-bacon dish is the ultimate in comfort foods.

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