Typically, we don’t like our food green. St. Patrick’s Day marks the exception, however. Enjoy these creative recipes from FoodNetwork.com to add a culinary twist to your St. Patty’s celebrations.

Shepherd’s Pie Potato Bowl

Ingredients:

4 large russet potatoes (about 3 pounds)

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 1 Tablespoon melted butter

1/4 cup whole milk

1/4 cup sour cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

1 small carrot, chopped

12 ounces ground beef chuck

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed

 Directions:

  1. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and brush them with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Put on a microwave-safe plate and microwave, flipping halfway, until fork tender, about 20 minutes. (Alternately, bake in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on a baking sheet until cooked through and fork tender, about 1 hour.) Let cool slightly.
  2. Cut a 1/4-inch-thick slice off the top of each potato. Carefully scoop out the flesh into a medium bowl and mash with the milk, sour cream, 2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon salt using a fork or potato masher. Fold in the chives. Put the potato bowls on a baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, 5-6 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire, tomato paste, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 cup water and bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and cook until the beef and carrots are coated in sauce with a little extra sitting on the bottom of the pan, about 1 minute. Stir in the peas until heated through, 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Spoon the beef mixture into the potato bowls. Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes on top of the beef mixture and bake until heated through and the potatoes brown on top, about 15 minutes. Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into four slices and top each potato with one.

Green Velvet Cupcake Shamrocks

Ingredients:

Cooking spray

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 1/4 cups buttermilk, well shaken

1 Tablespoon green liquid food coloring

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

For Frosting:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Pinch fine salt

Green liquid food coloring

1/2 cup green sanding sugar, for decorating

Directions:

  1. For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners and spray with cooking spray. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the buttermilk, food coloring and vanilla in a spouted measuring cup; set aside.
  2. Beat the granulated sugar and butter in a stand mixer (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer) on medium speed until very light in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. With the mixer still on medium, slowly add the eggs and beat until fully incorporated. Reduce the speed to the lowest setting; with the mixer running, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture, then 1/2 of the remaining flour mixture, then the remaining buttermilk mixture, then the remaining flour mixture. Scrape down the sides and beat until well mixed. Fill the prepared liners about 3/4 full of batter. Bake until the cupcakes bounce back when pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-22 minutes. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  3. For the frosting: Put the flour in a small saucepan. Vigorously whisk in about 1/2 cup milk, making sure to get the whisk into the edges of the pan, until you have a smooth, thick paste. (This step keeps the flour from clumping.) Slowly whisk in the remaining milk until fully incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture is very thick, about 5 minutes. (Toward the end of the process, the mixture will become a thick paste; it may seem to be forming lumps, but whisk vigorously and the lumps will disappear.) Scrape into a bowl, press plastic wrap onto the surface and refrigerate until cool, about 45 minutes.
  4. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a hand mixer), beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the cooled flour mixture a tablespoon at a time and beat until smooth. Switch to the whisk attachment (or continue with the hand mixer), add the vanilla, salt and 3-5 drops green food coloring and whip until very light and fluffy, like thick whipped cream, up to 10 minutes with a stand mixer or 12 minutes with a hand mixer.
  5. To assemble: Using a sharp serrated knife, cut 3 cupcakes in half vertically, gently sawing through the paper liners; set aside. Frost the remaining cupcakes. Put the sanding sugar on a small plate and roll the edge of each cupcake 3/4 of the way around in the sugar, making a green border around each with a gap on one side. On a large serving platter, arrange 18 cupcakes in groups of three, pushing them together at the gaps, to make 6 shamrock cakes. Dip the tops of the cupcake halves in sugar and wedge a pointy end of one half between two of the cupcakes in each group to form the stems.

Cook’s Note: Alternatively, you can make the shamrock stems with mini cupcakes instead of halved full-size cupcakes: Fill 8 liners in a mini-cupcake tin 3/4 full of batter and divide the remaining batter among the two full-size cupcake tins. (The larger cupcakes will have a slightly smaller dome.)

Mint Schnapps Shake

Ingredients:

1 pint vanilla ice cream (2 cups)

1/4 cup peppermint schnapps

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3-4 drops green liquid food coloring

2 mint sprigs

Directions:

Blend the ice cream, peppermint schnapps, vanilla and food coloring in a blender until smooth. Pour into two serving glasses and garnish each with a mint sprig.

Beef Pot Pies with Cheddar-Stout Crust

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

3/4 teaspoon fine salt

1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3/4 cup grated Irish cheddar cheese (about 3 ounces)

6-7 Tablespoons stout beer

1 large egg, lightly beaten

For The Filling:

2 1/4 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1/3 cup stout beer

3 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions:

  1. To make the dough: Pulse the flour and fine salt in a food processor to combine. Add the butter and cheese and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse meal with some pea-size bits of butter. Drizzle in 6 tablespoons beer and pulse to combine. Squeeze the dough between your fingers; if it does not hold its shape, pulse in up to 1 more tablespoon beer. Pat the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. To make the filling: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the beef, flour, 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned all over, about 7 minutes. Add the beer and 2 cups water, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a simmer, then cover, transfer to the oven and braise, 30 minutes. Add the leeks, carrots and celery to the pot and continue braising, 1 more hour.
  3. Meanwhile, put six 10-ounce ramekins on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll out the dough between 2 lightly floured sheets of parchment into a 10-by-15-inch rectangle; cut into six 5-inch squares. Make a few slits in the middle of each square to let steam escape. Remove the filling from the oven and increase the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Season the filling with salt and pepper and divide among the ramekins (there may be some filling left over). Top each with a square of dough, pressing the edges into the ramekin. Brush with the beaten egg. Bake until the crust is crisp and golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Let rest about 10 minutes before serving.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Pizza

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons sugar

1 package active dry yeast

3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the bowl

3 cups all-purpose flour, or 2 3/4 cups plus 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour, plus more for dusting

1 teaspoon fine salt

For The Toppings:

5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan

3 cups sliced green cabbage

Kosher salt

1 teaspoon pickling spices, tied securely in cheesecloth

1 large potato, peeled and thinly sliced

Freshly ground pepper

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

3/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

6 ounces sliced corned beef

Directions:

  1. For The Dough: Whisk 1 cup warm water (105 degrees) with the sugar in a bowl; scatter the yeast over the top and set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the olive oil.
  2. Whisk the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to make a rough, shaggy dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. (Add more flour to prevent sticking, if necessary.) Form the dough into a ball; place in a large oiled bowl, turning to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the toppings: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage, season with salt and cook until just soft, about 5 minutes. Add the pickling spices and just enough water to cover. Simmer over low heat, covered, until the cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the cabbage and set aside (discard spices).
  4. Place a pizza stone in the oven, if you have one, and preheat to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the potato with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a single layer on a baking sheet until golden, about 15 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Roll one into a 14-inch round (keep the remaining dough covered). Place the round on a floured pizza peel (if baking on a stone) or a large oiled pizza pan; drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Scatter half of each of the cheeses, corned beef, cabbage and potatoes on top. Season with salt and pepper. Carefully slip the pizza onto the hot stone, if using, or place the pan in the oven. Cook until golden and crispy, 10-15 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough and toppings.

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