Emerald Isle Dip Recipe
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Emerald Isle Dip Recipe

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For Nancy Citro, providing her popular appetizer for get-togethers has become a necessity. She pens from Cape Coral, Florida, "Friends joke that they won't go to parties unless I bring my dip. And I've lost count of how many times I've written down the recipe for people! Nancy likes to serve her snack with extra bread for dipping.—Nancy Citro, Cape Coral, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 package (2 ounces) thinly sliced deli corned beef, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dill weed, divided
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 round unsliced loaf (1 pound) sourdough or rye bread
  • Assorted vegetables and crackers


  1. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, corned beef, onion, parsley, 1 tablespoon dill and seasoned salt. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Trace the large shamrock pattern onto a piece of waxed paper; cut out. Place on loaf. Carefully cut out and removed shamrock; set aside. Hollow out loaf, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cut removed bread and cutout shamrock into cubes. Fill shell with dip; sprinkle with remaining dill. Serve with bread cubes, vegetables and crackers. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Emerald Isle Dip in Country Woman March/April 1999, p19

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Tasinklair User ID: 8762922 243356
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"I started making this a few years ago for St. Patricks day, I come from a large Irish family and it was a huge hit. My Fianc? loves it. I think it's his favorite thing that I make. He randomly will come home from the store with the ingredients just so I will make more."

MrsHanna User ID: 5477667 32532
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"I made this dip for St Patty's Day this year and the family enjoyed it! I would use less of the spices because it seemed to "grainy" with every bite and I would add more meat!"

bubbalou1313 User ID: 7179515 49170
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"Best dip ever"

lward0906 User ID: 4908444 50950
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"It was a HUGE hit at our family St. Patty's Day party. Everyone loved the bread but it was also great with veggies. It is very easy to make and works well with Hawaiian Sweet bread as well."

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