A St. Patricks Day Menu, as indicated in the invitation, begins with a delicious chowder. If possible serve it from either a very large tureen or a deep marmite or soup casserole kept hot on an electric warming tray. New England clam chowder and Maryland corn-and-crab chowder are universally popular as well as delicious and filling. With either one serve large, seasoned chowder crackers (one brand, which comes in a tall round can, is called Sea Biscuits): spread crackers with butter, sprinkle with celery salt or a mixture of dried herbs, such as basil, oregano, and marjoram, and crisp in hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.A real person's review site. Learn more.
Since the chowder is the main dish, servings should be larger than usual and in deep soup bowls. Your best green salad might follow the chowder and a generous cheese tray, with coffee. Or omit the salad and simply serve an especially good party dessert, such as a chocolate roll cake and coffee. In some families, the one and only dessert served after chowder is deep-dish apple pie with Cheddar cheese.
Entertainment Your guests may want to relax and listen to Irish tunes, and after a while, to dance. There are many unusually fine Irish CDs.