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Need some nibbles to go with your Guinness™? Try some shamrock-shaped avocados on top of squares of pumpernickel, melted cheese and corned beef.MORE+LESS-


to 5 slices of pumpernickel bread


to 4 slices of cheddar and/or muenster cheese OR 4 ounces of block cheese


to 4 avocados, just ripe but still firm

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    With a knife, cut the corned beef into 1-inch squares. If using thin deli slices, stack two layers of corned beef.

  • 2

    With a knife or the square cutter, cut 12 squares from the pumpernickel bread slices. Cut 12 squares from slices of the cheddar and/or muenster cheeses. Place the cheese on the bread squares and transfer to a baking tray. Broil on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or just until melted. (Watch carefully!)

  • 3

    To make the avocado shamrocks, slice an avocado in half lengthwise. Twist both halves to separate, and carefully remove the skin and pit. Slice each half of the avocado in thirds lengthwise to make planks. Use the daisy or shamrock cutter to cut out shamrocks. If cutting out daisies, use a sharp knife to trim triangles from the bottom of the daisy to create a stem.

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    To arrange your bites, place a piece of corned beef on the melted cheese square and top with an avocado shamrock.

Expert Tips

  • This recipe also requires a 1 1/2-inch daisy or shamrock shaped cookie cutter or fondant cutter (or a sharp knife to cut your own shapes). Find the cutters in a craft or baking store.
  • Vegetarian? Skip the corned beef!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Your St. Patrick's Day party needs these. Seriously.

    So the avocado may not be native to Ireland, but you do need some nibbles to go with your Guinness™ this St. Patrick’s Day. And avocados are green and can be cut in the shape of a shamrock.

    Plus, the corned beef brings it all home. And you’ll get bonus points for using Irish cheddar, too.

    All of that is to say these are the perfect, party-stopping bites to serve for the Feast of St. Patrick.

    They're almost an entire meal in miniature: Squares of pumpernickel bread topped with melted cheese, corned beef and a bit of festive avocado. If you’re vegetarian, you can skip a bit of the Irish (the corned beef, that is).

    If you’re really feeling the Irish roots, make your own corned beef. Or just do what I did and get it from the deli.

    Cut the corned beef into one-inch squares using a knife. If your slices are thin, you may need to double them. Set these aside.

    To cut the bread and the cheese (tee hee), I used a 1 1/2-inch square cutter, which is actually a fondant cutter available in most craft stores.

    If you don’t have one or don’t want to buy one, just use a knife. Cut out squares from the pumpernickel. Cut out the same number of squares from slices of the cheddar and/or muenster cheeses.

    Place a cheese square on each bread square, then place on an oven-proof tray and broil on high just until the cheese is melted, about two to three minutes. Set aside.

    Now, prepare the avocado.

    Make sure you choose avocados that are ripe, but still somewhat firm. Pick up the avocado and press it. It shouldn’t be so firm that it doesn’t budge. But it shouldn’t feel mushy behind the skin. It should give just a bit.

    You might get as many as 8 shamrocks per avocado if it's just at the right stage of ripe (where it’s easy to slice but holds its shape), but I suggest buying a couple extra to allow for error. If any part of the avocado is mushy, you won’t be cutting shamrocks from it.

    To slice the avocado, cut it in half lengthwise with a sharp knife, working around the pit. Hold a half in each hand, twist and pull apart. Gently remove the skin and the pit.

    Carefully slice each half in thirds lengthwise to get the most surface area. Cut out your shamrocks. I don’t have a shamrock cutter, so I used a 1 1/2-inch daisy cutter (also available in a craft store). I just used a knife to cut out the stem.

    To assemble the bites, place a piece of corned beef on the melted cheese and top with an avocado shamrock.

    Then plate them up...

    And get ready to nibble!

Shamrock Avocado Bites - Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day is just weeks away and it’s never too early to start planning! Whether you’re hosting a St. Patty’s Day party or attending someone else’s get-together, you’re going to want to make a festive dish (or a lot of festive dishes) to lighten up the mood.

Every year, party planners and partygoers search for cool and unique St. Patrick’s Day appetizer ideas. The best appetizers for this type of event are green, considering green is the primary color associated with Ireland. If you’re looking for awesome green St. Patrick’s Day appetizers, consider one (or all!) of the 47 below!

What a great accompaniment to a pre-dinner beer on St. Patrick’s Day! The “shamrock” is made with a shamrock cookie cutter and sliced avocado. Who’d have thought to pair corned beef and avocado? The California Avocado Commission! RECIPE: SHAMROCK AVOCADO & CORNED BEEF BITES Ingredients 1 ripe avocado 2 sweet gherkin pickles, diced 16 rye,&hellip
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Better for You

Packed with nutrition: that’s how some folks want to start their day. Whole grains in the pancakes, quinoa in the muffins, toasted walnuts atop waffles: there are many, many ways to add appeal.

  • Give traditional oatmeal a healthy flavor boost from fresh, dried or sautéed fruit nuts are good, too.
  • Flaxseed and chia seeds team with things like nut butters, fruit and oats for breakfast “cookies” and “puddings,” two of the newest strategies to enjoy vitamins and minerals in a sneaky way, even for breakfast.
  • “Sausage” made with lentils is yet another option.
  • Could you create your own protein bar? A regional chain in Scottsdale, Ariz., Over Easy, is doing just that.

7 Healthy St. Patrick's Day Recipes

When I think of St. Patty’s day, I think of green and all things lucky so I am going to share with you seven “green” healthy recipes for you to enjoy for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

1.Healthy Shamrock Shake

This is a healthy copycat of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake! This healthy mint smoothie is full of natural ingredients including bananas, vanilla almond milk, avocado, and peppermint.

2. Guacamole Chicken Salad

Since guacamole and chicken salad are two of our favorite things, I decided it was time to combine them! This guacamole chicken salad is mayo-free, packed with flavor, protein, and perfect for easy lunches! It’s paleo, Whole30 compliant and keto friendly, too.

Calories: 240, Carbohydrates: 8g Fats: 14g Protein: 21g

3. Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

Baked Sweet Potato Bites topped with avocado, bacon, and cilantro. This easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer is always a hit at parties! Gluten free and Paleo.

Calories: 31, Carbohydrates: 3g Fats: 2g Protein: 1g

4. One Pan Broccoli Quinoa Skillet with Parmesan and White Beans

One Pan Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Skillet with Parmesan and White Beans. An easy and filling vegetarian recipe that's great for quick dinners and healthy meal prep lunches. For a meat version just add chopped chicken breast.

Calories: 316, Carbohydrates: 48g Fats: 7g Protein: 17g

5. Spinach Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

This spinach artichoke breakfast casserole starts with an easy roasted sweet potato crust and is loaded with veggies, bacon, and flavor! Dairy-free, grain free, gluten free, paleo and Whole30 compliant. It’s perfect to make ahead of time for easy, satisfying breakfast all week.

Calories: 235, Carbohydrates: 4g Fats: 18g Protein: 11g

6. One Pan Cabbage and Sausage Skillet with Rice

An all-in-one meal of cabbage and sausage cooked together with tomatoes and rice. An easy one-pan meal that's warm, comforting, and a family favorite on St. Patrick’s Day.

Calories: 420, Carbohydrates: 42g Fats: 20g Protein: 21g

7. Replica Trader Joe’s Bistro Kale Salad

Replica Trader Joe’s Bistro Kale Salad

This would be great paired with some tilapia or chicken!
2 cups kale⠀
2 cups arugula⠀
1/4 cup mint⠀
1/4 cup basil⠀
1 can drained chickpea⠀
1/4 - 1/2 cup of craisins (soaked in hot water to plump them up, then drained)⠀
1/2 cup edamame⠀
1/4 cup chopped almonds⠀
1 small carrot shredded⠀
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes ⠀
Juice of 1 lemon⠀
Olive oil⠀
2 tablespoons honey⠀
Avocado ⠀
Chop kale and massage with a little bit of olive oil. Chop mint and basil. Add herbs as arugula to the kale. Half cherry tomatoes and add them. Rinse and drain chickpeas and add to the bowl. Soak craisins for 10 minute in hot water, drain, add to bowl. Shred the carrot and toss it in with the chopped almond. Throw in the edamame. Make the dressing in a separate bowl- juice the lemon, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons honey and mix. Pour over salad and toss. Add avocados to top it off!

Here Are The Simple Three Steps To Make A Copycat McDonald&rsquos Shamrock Shake

Simple 123 Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except toppings in a blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds.
  2. Stop, use a spatula to scrape down sides if necessary. Blend again for just a few seconds.
  3. Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and garnish. That&rsquos it!

Enjoy the deliciousness!

Go Green with a Shamrock Smoothie

St. Paddy’s Day is only a few days away—and that means it’s time to go green! If you’re looking for a festive and delicious way to avoid getting pinched, there’s one minty-mixture that could either have you dancing a jig for joy or doing double duty at the gym.

You guessed it: The much-loved McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back. And with it comes loads of emerald-coloured calories, fat and sugar. It’s true, St. Patrick’s Day is only one day. But at 470 calories and 65 grams of sugar, a month of multiple Shamrock Shakes could be less than lucky for your waistline.

Option one: Savour every sip of this seasonal shake and cut down on some other treats to make up the difference. Option 2: Ditch the drive-thru and make your own healthier version! I present: The Shamrock Smoothie.

A Pot of Gold

So what’s the difference between your indulgent treat and this extremely tasty beverage? The not-so-secret ingredient is the greens! For only a handful of calories per serving, leafy green vegetables pack in tons of vitamins A, C and K, folate, potassium and fibre. Plus, each cup of smoothie is loaded with calcium, heart healthy monounsaturated oils, filling fibre and energizing mint.

If a green smoothie isn’t your thing, here are some other ways to green-ify your St. Patrick’s Day menu:

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

Let's be real here.

This is a green smoothie dressed up as a Shamrock Shake.

And honestly, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a Shamrock Shake from McDonald's once a season if that is something you really enjoy.

Personally, I just can't handle a real Shamrock Shake.

The last time I had one, I felt sick the entire day with a stomachache and a headache.

Perhaps it was all that sugar, perhaps all of those mystery ingredients?

Perhaps it just was so different than what I'm accustomed to with my typical holistic lifestyle?

Regardless, I felt like crap.

Drinking this version leaves me feeling so much better, mentally and physically, and doesn't leave me feeling like I've missed out on anything.

Plus, there are a variety of different ways to infuse this shake with cannabis to suit your needs and preferences outlined below.

St Patrick’s Day Hot Appetizers

Turn on the oven, spark up the stove, and warm things up with yummy hot appetizers that are perfect for your St Patrick’s Day get-together.

From quick and easy to melty and cheesy, zesty dips to tasty strips, hot apps are full of flavor and are an ideal way to sate your appetite at any gathering. They help balance out your snack selection and provide the perfect complement to belly-warming beverages.

Keep them fresh by using warming trays so they can be enjoyed for the duration of your Irish-themed event!

Check out any of these light bites to warm you up:

GuinNess Pulled Pork

Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Parmesan Potatoes

Jalapeno Potato Poppers

Irish Sausage Rolls

With so many tasty St Patrick’s Day appetizer recipes, you won’t need the luck of the Irish to pull together an assortment of mouth-watering snacks for guests to enjoy.

From green to gluten-free to traditional foods, our ideas ensure that your guests definitely won’t go hungry at your shamrock shindig.

Try whipping up any of these simple, savory, fun, and festive apps to round out the menu for your St Paddy’s celebration.

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