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Emerald Isle Dip

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
    4 cups


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups 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


  • 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.

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  • Tasinklair
    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
    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
    Mar 16, 2013

    Best dip ever

  • DianaP53
    Mar 16, 2013

    No comment left

  • lward0906
    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.