Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Instead of going out and getting mobbed by a crowd of green beer-guzzling drunkards, make a St. Patrick’s Day charcuterie board for your friends and family to enjoy.
What is a St. Patrick’s Day charcuterie board?
It’s a food board (not always technically a charcuterie board) that is centered around the theme of St. Patrick’s Day, a day to celebrate Americans of Irish heritage. Think four-leaf clovers, leprechauns with pots of gold and anything green.
What goes on a St. Patrick’s Day charcuterie board?
The most common foods and drinks associated with St. Patrick’s Day are corned beef and cabbage, black and white pudding (pork sausage with and without blood), soda bread, Irish whiskey and Guinness. Although you can straight-up add these traditional Irish foods and drinks to your charcuterie board, you can mix it up by incorporating other lesser-known traditional Irish foods and viridescent accompaniments.
- sliced meats: smoked salmon, bacon (ideally cured pork loin, if you want to be authentic about it), corned beef and black & white pudding
- artisanal cheeses: Dubliner, Ardrahan, Cashel Blue, Coolea, walnut cheddar…or any other Irish cheese
- breads & crackers: sliced soda bread, farl (potato bread), blaa…or any bread from your local bakery
- seasonal & year-round green fruits: green apples, green grapes, pears, kiwis, etc.
- seasonal & year-round veggies and herbs: dill, fennel, broccoli, cabbage, pickles and potatoes (because…Ireland)
- nuts: hazelnuts, walnuts, etc.
- dips & spreads: cream cheese, guacamole, etc.
If finding Irish foods to put on a board is too complicated, you can also just throw on any of your favorite snacks and candies that happen to be green. Remember, the point is to make it fun and festive…not to send you on a wild goose chase. 🙂
Beyond the food itself, you can add an extra pop of festiveness by adding additional St. Patrick’s Day decorations to frame the charcuterie board.
colors, patterns and textures
These are traditional colors used for St. Patrick’s Day which you can also incorporate into your board:
- green – to represent Irish nationalism
- white – to represent peace
- gold – to represent the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
Hungry for more charcuterie platters? Find out everything you must know about food boards here!
Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.