Here are some yummy St. Patty's day inspired receipes:
1 lb. rotelle
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 bunch spinach
4 cloves garlic
1/2 c. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 red bell pepper, diced for garnish
Cook rotelle according to package instructions, drain. Cool and set aside. Mix mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons olive oil together. Combine with pasta and mix well.
For Pesto: Clean and trim spinach. Place spinach, garlic and salt and pepper in a food processor. Gradually add oil through feed tube and blend until mixture is consistency of thin mayonnaise. Mix pesto with pasta mixture. Add bell pepper. Chill and serve. Makes 10.
We can't forget our delicious dessert.
1-1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon liquid green food colouring
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
green food colouring (preferably paste type)
additional candies or decorating sugar for topping
Makes 1 dozen cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place 10 paper liners into the cups of a muffin pan.
In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the oil, sugar, egg, vinegar, vanilla and green food colouring until combined.
In a smaller bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. Add to the egg mixture, in two or three additions alternately with the buttermilk, beating well after each.
Spoon the batter into the 10 paper liners, dividing the batter evenly among them.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from pan and let cool thoroughly.
Meanwhile, make the icing. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the icing sugar gradually, in 3 or 4 additions, beating very well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add the milk or cream, one tablespoon at a time, beating well, until the icing is creamy and spreadable — the more you beat this, the better it will be. Add the food colouring, beating it in gradually until the icing is tinted the way you like it.
Decorate cupcakes with green sprinkles or coloured sugar, shamrocks made out of gummy candies — or whatever else your little leprechaun can think of.
Mom and Dad can enjoy some green beer, while the kids enjoy some cucumber juice and everyone enjoys a special St. Patrick's Day!