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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Go Green! A Different Twist on St. Patrick's Day Entertaining

Why serve the same old corned beef and cabbage dinner for St. Patrick's Day when you can freshen things up and dazzle your guests with a Green Theme Dinner that is only limited by your imagination. The rules are simple. Every dish must contain some shade of green. And the greener the better. I have been doing this for years and it is also one of the absolute best parties to make pot luck because it gets everyone's creative juices flowing and involved.

At first glance only some foods are obviously green like spinach, broccoli, and parsley but the array of recipes that can burst with this healthy color are just about unlimited. Just a few of my favorite dishes from past years' parties are:

Guacamole with Green Chips and Roasted Salsa Verde
Key Lime Margarita Pie
Spinach Hummus
Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce
Green Pesto Pizza
Traditional Mojitos
Artichoke Jalapeno Dip

My foodie friend, Stacie Tamaki, just posted a great recap of last year's dinner. WARNING: These Photos Are Excessively Green! To read her story just click here.

I have a new favorite asparagus recipe with a simple vinaigrette sauce that I am thinking about springing on my guests the next time we go green. This sauce adds a quick zip that turns your vegetable into a special side dish. You can see the recipe and a simple step-by-step photo tutorial on my food feature called "Cooking with Carl" on The Flirty Guide. Just click here to learn how to make this easy side dish.

Asparagus with Vinaigrette Sauce.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

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