St. Patrick’s Day Food and Fun

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to plan a fun meal.

Most children don’t enjoy a hearty Corned Beef and Cabbage so I’m suggesting quick and easy Reuben Sandwiches.  Our four year old daughter loved Rueben’s, so never assume they’re too young to eat this sweet and savory sandwich.  Add one of these sides,  a green 7 up Salad or Irish Potato Soup and you’ve got a meal!

For the Rueben Sandwiches start with this list of ingredients:

Deli corned beef (turkey pastrami works too)
Baby Swiss cheese
Rye Bread
Sauerkraut (Clausen makes a great dill sauerkraut but you may want to add a couple tablespoons of sugar to a regular can of sauerkraut and create a very mild sauerkraut for your pickiest eaters)
Creamy Mustard/Mayo spread (this is my recipe 2 T. Mayonnaise, 2 t. mustard, 1 t. honey – combine)

Toast the bread and lightly butter, then stack corned beef and cheese on bottom slice.  Place in the broiler until cheese melts.  Remove from broiler and top with sauerkraut and Mayo/mustard spread above – add top toasted slice of rye and serve.

Even the Irish wouldn’t end a meal without a tasty dessert.  I like to have something green and its fun to include your kids.  Try some cookies or cupcakes and add green food coloring, or green icing; add some green sprinkles.  There’s lots of fun to be had when you bring in the whole family.

Remember to include the St. Pat’s trivia into your dinner time conversation.  You may have fun getting out a map or a globe and figuring out just where Ireland is located or how far it is from your city.  Google Maps offers you a glimpse of the terrain.  Learning is fun and why not take advantage of this St. Patrick’s Day opportunity to learn a little more about St. Patrick or Ireland with your family!

-Sheri

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