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Going Green Dip for St. Patrick’s Day


Shamrocks, bagpipes and leprechauns! St. Patrick’s Day is near, and we are going green this yeat with Green Dip from the “What’s Cookin’ at First Security” cookbook.

Did you know that the March 17 holiday started out as a religious festival, or feast day, paying tribute to the patron saint of Ireland? Today, it’s turned into a worldwide celebration of all things Irish.

There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Arkansas. You can check out the First-Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs, join the Shamrocks and Shenanigans Virtual 4-mile run/walk or simply stop by Mickey Finn’s Irish Pub in Fayetteville, just to name a few. But if you are looking to celebrate at home or with friends, whip up this easy 8-ingredient green dip and may the luck of the Irish be with you.

Sharon Duncan, a mortgage originator at First Security’s Greenbrier banking center submitted this easy and perfectly green 8-ingredient Green Dip. It’s a great dip to serve anytime of the year and even better to celebrate all that’s green for St. Patrick’s Day.

On March 17, get festive and serve this Green Dip with tortilla chips or cut green flour tortillas using a shamrock cookie cutter.  Place on a baking sheet and heat in a preheated 375-degree oven for 5 minutes or until crispy. Step it up another notch by grabbing some male green bell peppers that have 3 bumps and cut into slices. They naturally have the look of a shamrock.

St. Patrick’s Day Green Dip


  • 6 tomatillos
  • 2 medium green tomatoes
  • 3 medium avocados, cut in medium size pieces
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • fresh cilantro to taste


Boil tomatillos and tomatoes for a few minutes to loosen the skin. Peel and cut into chunks. Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips.

There are over 800 recipes published in the What’s Cookin’ cookbook, all submitted by employees and customers. Proceeds from the sales go to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help feed people across the state. You can purchase the cookbooks for $20 at any First Security Bank location.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!




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Well-known Arkansas food writer and recipe creator Lacie Ring was born and raised right here in Arkansas. Although her husband’s military career took them around the world, he and Lacie settled back in their home state. Lacie blogs at www.easypeasypleasy.com where she creates easy and delicious recipes for busy families. She is also a recipe creator and food photographer for brands local to Arkansas and abroad. In her spare time, Lacie enjoys spending time with her son and husband camping and enjoying the outdoors.

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