Monday, March 16, 2015

The Luck of the Irish

Although I'm not Irish, I love celebrating St. Patrick's Day...with the food. I grew up celebrating the day with a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with soda bread, butter and horseradish sauce. My mom always made it really well and I enjoyed it the night of, but leftovers never seemed too appealing. So this year I challenged the leftover war and won! Whether you plan to make these dishes as your main stay on the 17th or use these as recipes with your leftovers, you'll be sure to enjoy it.

Reuben Dip:
I've been wanting to try this dip for awhile now and figured this was the perfect occasion to make it! It was super quick and easy, perfect for entertaining.
In a mixing bowl I added 1 tbl Dijon, 1/3 cup mayo, 1 cup diced corned beef, 1 cup shredded Swiss, 1/2 cup sauerkraut (drained really well), salt and pepper (a pinch or so). Stir to combine and pour into a baking dish.
I used a glass pie plate that fit the amount of dip perfectly. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (or until bubbling) and serve with crackers. I toasted caraway rye bread and thought it was delicious but any cracker would be good. 
Corned Beef and Cabbage Panini:
I made these "grilled cheese style" in a pan since I don't have a panini press but you could use whatever you have. I cut the corned beef into thin slices (you could shred it if you prefer) and sliced up some Swiss and Irish Cheddar cheese. I couldn't decide which cheese I liked better so I used both, but use whatever you have. I mixed together equal parts of mayo to prepared horseradish and spread a thin layer on each slice of marble rye bread. Last thing I did was drain sauerkraut really well and used about 2 tbl on each sandwich.

Build the sandwich and butter the outside of each slice of bread. Heat up a nonstick pan or a panini press if you have one, and cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown on the outside and the cheese is melty on the inside.

 Pretty darn delicious!

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats:
Oh and I can't forget about my Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats. I can't believe how fun it is to make marshmallow treats with other types of cereals instead of the traditional rice krispies.

In a medium pot I added a 1/2 stick of butter and a 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows.
Stir gently over medium heat until melted and smooth. Pour this marshmallow mixture over 6 cups of cereal in a large mixing bowl. This is a sticky mess but stir quickly to combine the marshmallow mixture with the cereal. I had a small square baking dish which I lined with plastic wrap and sprayed it with nonstick spray. Press the mixture into the dish and top with a few extra marshmallows if you're feeling particularly generous with the last cup of cereal in the box! Let cool and cut into squares.
Happy St. Patty's Day friends!!

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