St. Patrick’s Day has arrived (or at least it will tomorrow) and there are two main techniques for celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. One is to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Irish, most often in food and drink. The other is to focus on anything and everything the color green. We’ve all seen or heard of green beer, but green food coloring doesn’t stop there. There are green shamrock cookies and other foods made artificially green for the occasion. The way we see it, though, you don’t have to be artificial to go green for St. Patty’s Day!
Hello Green Tomatoes!
We love tomatoes when they’re firm, juicy and bright red, especially if they’re Tasti-Lee tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean green tomatoes aren’t great too! You usually find two types of green tomatoes. The first is just an unripe tomato. The second is a green tomato variety (usually heirloom) that will keep its green color when fully ripe. Either way, there are many great recipes out there for green tomatoes that will be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. And you don’t have to use any artificial colors!
Appetizers and Salads
Which course will your green tomato dish be tomorrow? There are so many, you could probably have them for every course, but we’ll divide the recipes up so you can pick and choose.
First, we have appetizers and salads!
How about a yummy Green Tomato Salsa Verde, made with green tomatoes instead of the traditional tomatillos? Serve with yummy tortilla chips, and if you REALLY want to stick to the whole “green” theme, pick spinach tortilla chips.
Something a little more elegant, perhaps? These Green Tomato Tartines could do the trick!
If you want to have a salad for St. Patrick’s Day, try this fresh Green Tomato Southwestern Panzanella Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing.
A twist on the classic Caprese, this Oven Fried Green Tomato Caprese is a salad with attitude.
Here are some delicious options for your green tomato entrée:
Grilled Green Tomato Tostadas with Black Beans, Avocado and Cilantro (this one will go well with the green tomato salsa verde appetizer!)
You can’t go wrong with a Green Tomato Galette.