These adorable cheese-filled shamrocks start with our super simple bread dough recipe, with three quick additions:

  • spinach
  • Parmesan cheese
  • mozzarella cheese sticks

They’re a perfect idea for St. Patrick’s Day food, either in lunchboxes or serving a crowd.

How to make cheese-filled shamrocks

Prep the spinach & Parmesan

  1. Cook 1/2 cup frozen spinach (or fresh) in a microwave safe container, 30 seconds at a time for about 1 minute 30 seconds. You want 1/2 cup AFTER cooking, so add accordingly.
  2. Combine with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  3. Blitz in a blender or food processor. (I use my mini string food processor and it works well!)

Prep the mozzarella cheese filling

  1. Open 2 string cheeses and slice into 5-6 pieces each.

Prep the bread dough

  1. Use our recipe for Easy Homemade Bread.
  2. Add the spinach and Parmesan mixture to the flour in the first step.
  3. Add a 1/4 cup extra flour to offset moisture.
  4. Then proceed with the recipe.

Assemble shamrocks

  1. Just before baking, cut your dough into 8 pieces. You will have 8 shamrocks.
  2. Cut each of those pieces into 5 sections: 4 large (leaves) and 1 small (stem).
  3. Roll out each section. Place a piece of mozzarella cheese inside each section, then cover and roll so no cheese is exposed.
  4. Place all 4 circles close together on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Roll the 5th piece of dough into a stem and nestle behind the 4 circles.
  6. Squeeze the middles of the leaves together.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.

Serve plain, with marinara sauce or pesto.

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