St. Patrick’s Day Recipes and Happy Hour Menu

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I have some wonderful St. Patrick’s Day recipes to share with you! Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and I am hosting a happy hour for friends.

You are going to love the open-faced sandwich, a pressed sandwich, and some very fun green cocktails. I think throwing together a fun gathering is a great idea. These green cocktails and St. Patrick’s Day party food are all you need!

St. Patrick's Day Recipes and Happy Hour Menu

Plan a Fun St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Recipes and Happy Hour Menu

It doesn’t take much to have a fun St. Patrick’s Day. I remember my mom used to dye the milk green so when we would open the fridge to get the milk for our cereal, it would be green.

Now that I am all grown up, ha ha, I am planning a yummy menu and some fun cocktails for my husband and some of our friends.

This year I put together some delicious sandwich ideas and some fun St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. I can’t wait to see what you think of my St. Patrick’s Day recipes!

St. Patrick's Day Recipes and Happy Hour Menu

Look at this fun mini-bar I created for my guests to use to make one of my cocktails.

St. Patrick's Day Happy Hour Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes for Cocktails

St. Patrick's Day Green Cocktail Recipes

I had some fun mixing and tasting cocktails. I think my favorites were the two St. Patrick’s Day Mules Recipes. (I also made these green polkadot glasses. They are so easy to make!)

Irish Mule Recipe – Pour two ounces of Jameson over ice and fill the glass with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer. Add a squeeze of lime.

Midori Mule Recipe – Pour two parts vodka and one part Midori over ice. Fill glass with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer and garnish with a lime.

I can’t decide which one I like better. They are both so good!

St. Patrick's Day Recipes and Happy Hour Menu

I made the green and white cloth napkins pictured above. They are so much fun and not hard to make. Which is a good thing.

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Overnight Pressed Nine Layer Sandwich

Doesn’t this look amazing? It’s a pesto mayo, spinach, smoked turkey, white cheddar cheese, balsamic onion jam, yellow pepper, spinach, cucumber, pesto mayo sandwich.

That would be nine layers of goodness. All in one sandwich.

Pressed Sandwiches

My favorite part of the sandwich is the Balsamic Onion Jam. I am obsessed with this and I intend to put it on about everything I make. It’s that good!

Balsamic Onion Jam

Here is a quick photo summary of how you make this sandwich.

Can you believe how wonderful this sandwich looks? Make it tonight for tomorrow fun!

Yield: 8 wedge slices

Overnight Pressed Nine Layer Sandwich

Overnight Pressed Nine Layer Sandwich

This sandwich is a combination of sweet and savory and one of the best sandwiches ever.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • Overnight Pressed Nine Layer Sandwich
  • 1 Sourdough round, hollowed out
  • Pesto Mayonnaise (see recipe below)
  • Onion Jam (see recipe below), cooled
  • Spinach, stems removed (about one bag)
  • ½ pound minimum, Sliced Turkey
  • 6 slices minimum, White Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ Yellow Pepper, thinly sliced and cooked in olive oil until soft, cooled
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • Pesto Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise (I used avocado oil-based mayonnaise)
  • 2 TBL prepared or fresh-made pesto
  • Balsamic Onion Jam
  • 2 white onions diced
  • ¼ up Olive Oil
  • 2 TBL Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TBL Sugar (I used coconut palm sugar)


Pesto Mayonnaise

Mix mayonnaise and pesto together until combined.

Balsamic Onion Jam

Place diced onions and olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Cook until onions start to become translucent and soft. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Reduce heat and cook until the mixture is dark and thickened (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and refrigerate once cooled.

Overnight Pressed Nine Layer Sandwich

Make the onion jam and yellow peppers first so that they can cool before you add them to the bread round. To cook the yellow peppers, slice and cook in a frying pan with 1 TBL olive oil. Cook for three minutes until soft. If they are still hot/warm, they will melt the cheese and wilt the spinach.

Cut bread round in half and hollow out removing most of the interior. Be careful not to tear the outside of the bread. (You can use the interior of the bread round to make breadcrumbs later.)

Brush the insides of the bread round with the pesto mayo to coat. Save leftover pesto mayo for the Avocado Cucumber Rounds. 

Layer spinach leaves onto the bottom of the bread round, on top of the pesto mayo. 

Layer sliced turkey on top of the spinach leaves in the bottom of the bread round.

Layer cheese on top of the turkey in the bottom of the bread round.

Layer sliced yellow peppers on top of the cheese in the bottom of the bread round.

Layer onion jam on top of the yellow peppers in the bottom of the bread round.

Layer spinach leaves on top of onion jam.

The bottom of the bread round will be getting pretty full by this point. You decide how much of each item you want to include in the sandwich, more or less turkey. More or less cheese and spinach. Tons of onion jam, or just a layer, you get where I am going with this. 

Layer the sliced cucumbers into the top of the bread round, pressing into the pesto mayo so they will stick.

Replace the top of the bread round onto the bottom of the bread round. Press firmly.

Wrap the bread round tightly in plastic wrap so completely sealed. Add a layer of foil on top of the plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator overnight*  with something heavy on top of it (canned tomatoes, etc.).

* Refrigerating the sandwich overnight with the weight on top of it helps the sandwich layers to stay together. In a pinch, you can leave it for a minimum of 15 minutes in the refrigerator, just slice it very carefully.

When ready to serve, unwrap the sandwich and slice in half with a bread knife, being careful to keep all layers intact. Cut each half in half again. Slice each quarter in half again until you have 8 wedges of sandwich (think pizza slices)!


Once you try the Balsamic Onion Jam, you will want to make a ginormous batch so that you can put it on literally, everything!

Avocado and Cucumber Rounds Baguettes

These small sandwiches are refreshing and what I call “easy bites”. They are easy to eat and pleasing to all. I mean, who doesn’t like avocado and cucumbers?

Avocado and Cucumber Rounds Baguettes

As you can see, these are really easy to make.

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Avocado and Cucumber Rounds Baguettes

St. Patrick's Day Recipes and Happy Hour Menu
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • Two avocados (mashed)
  • Salt to taste
  • One Cucumber (sliced thinly)
  • ¼ yellow bell pepper (diced finely)
  • Habanero Ranch Dressing (Tessemae’s) (dollop)
  • Optional - leftover pesto mayo from Overnight Pressed Nine Layer Sandwich (dollop)


Slice baguette into ¼ inch rounds

Mash two avocados in a bowl, salt to taste.

Slice cucumber in as thin of slices as you can.

Dice yellow pepper into as small of pieces as you can.

Assembly: Place one spoonful of mashed avocado on a baguette round. Top with a cucumber slice. On top of the cucumber, place a small dollop of the leftover pesto mayo. Top the pesto mayo with a pinch of diced yellow pepper. Add a small dollop of Habanero Ranch dressing on top of the diced pepper.

Serve immediately.

Tessemae’s Habanero Ranch dressing is dairy-free, gluten-free, and organic. It has a kick to it, so use sparingly, but often.

How do you like my bar set up?

It’s the perfect setup for St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day Happy Hour Menu

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! I hope these recipes will add to your fun (and green) celebration!

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  1. I love seeing the pictures of your home. We share similar taste in color, I think. And your recipes look wonderful!!

  2. Hi Leslie,
    That green cocktail with Jamisons & Ginger is looking really good. Might try it tonight.

    Help…I need advice on avacado. I make avacado toast and love it. Sometimes I add a sliced hard boiled egg on top or I top it with tuna salad, piled high. So good. But I need help on how to know when it is ripe without being brown inside. Since you are a California girl, I am sure you know.

  3. Sunday we made these sandwiches because they seemed lite, healthy and amazing. We left out the Mayo. Yes they were amazing. Finished the last of the sandwiches today for lunch. They are yummy!!!

    1. Ivory, I am so happy that you made this sandwich and enjoyed it! This is one of my favorite sandwiches ever!

  4. Oh, wow! All of these recipes sound so good. I’ve got to make that onion jam if nothing else. Thanks for sharing.

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