Top 5 Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these top five green foods (from apps to dessert) from Food Network.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

St. Patrick's Day revelers are known for wearing green, covering themselves in shamrocks and celebrating to excess. And if there’s one thing an excessive celebration requires, it’s sustenance. When planning the meal for a group gathering, keep the theme of the day going by making an entirely green feast, from start to finish.

Though you’ll probably want to save dessert until the end, a showstopping cake (prepared in advance and waiting for you at home) like this  Green Velvet Layer Cake (above) is absolutely essential. Green food coloring turns the layered cake into a stunning emerald centerpiece that’s topped with fluffy buttercream frosting.

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Two deviled eggs filled with ham and a green mixture placed on a dark green napkin

But I digress — dessert must wait. Get the party going with  Emerald Eggs from Food Network Magazine. This twist on a classic deviled-egg recipe gets its green hue from watercress leaves, scallions and tarragon. Tuck a slice of ham beneath the piped yolk filling to make these starters extra filling.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If it’s a breakfast gathering you’re hosting, serve a classic corned beef-and-egg hash over savory spinach-and-cheese-flecked pancakes. A sprinkling of chives enhances both the dish’s color and the pancakes’ onion-y flavor.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a minty milkshake, and these simple concoctions of ice cream, vanilla, milk, mint extract and food coloring stand up to the original inspiration. Whipped cream and green sanding sugar give them an especially festive feel (striped straws not required, but encouraged).

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

We’re doubling down on dessert for the fifth essential eat — we did say that this was a holiday for excess, did we not? — these Green Velvet Cupcake Shamrocks. Arrange the buttercream-frosted, sugared cupcakes in trios on a platter for final presentation, and finish off each clover with a halved cupcake that’s been covered entirely in green sanding sugar.

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