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Refresh your St. Patrick’s Day menu with easy and light sandwiches inspired by the traditional color of the festivities. These open-faced bites can be perfect for lunch, a snack, or even as an appetizer for get-togethers with friends and family.

Layered with a mixture of creamy cream cheese and mozzarella, then topped with crunchy cucumber and a sprig of green pepper, these St. Patrick’s Day sandwiches are easy and cute, making them a fan favorite almost all green gatherings. They are also drizzled with lemon juice to add a bit of acidity and create a nice light bite.

Plus, this recipe is quick to make. When you’re in a rush to get everything on the table for the party, it’s easy to put it all together and have you on set in no time.

The sandwiches come off the plate with their bright, seasonal toppings. Make sure you grab attention and get your loved ones asking “Where did you get that idea?” it’s also an easy way to introduce some vegetables into your kids’ diet.

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St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches

Yield: 8 sandwiches

♦ 8 ounces plain cream cheese spread, softened

♦ 1 cup finely grated mozzarella cheese

♦ salt

♦ 4 English muffins

♦ 24 cucumber slices

♦ 8 thin slices of green pepper

♦ fresh coriander leaves

♦ lemon juice

♦ lemon slices, for garnish (optional)

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese spread, mozzarella cheese and salt well.

Cut English muffins in half. Cut each muffin half into a clover shape.

Spread cheese mixture over each muffin half.

Place three cucumbers on each “clover”, one on each “leaf”. Use a slice of green pepper as a stem. Place a cilantro leaf on top of each sandwich.

Drizzle lemon juice over sandwiches and add lemon slices, for garnish, if desired.