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Friday, March 18, 2011

Corned beef and cabbage

Consumption of corned beef is often associated with Saint Patrick's Day. Corned beef is not considered an Irish national dish, and the connection with Saint Patrick's Day specifically originates as part of Irish-American culture, and is often part of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in North America.  In Ireland, the closest traditional dish is Bacon and Cabbage (more akin to Canadian style bacon or ham), as Beef was considered a less desirable meat. Corned beef and cabbage became popular in the U.S. after Irish immigrants in the northeast used corned beef instead of pork in the dish. This substitution was likely due to the low cost of corned beef in the U.S.

When I was young I wouldn't eat either one of these but now that my taste buds are dulled....I think it is delicious and happy that our local restaurant served it for Saint Patrick's Day. Did you eat this traditional dish for Saint Paddy's day?


Nancy said...

Actually I forgot it was St. Patrick's Day until last night. I missed it!

Granny Annie said...

We were so busy with all the family here that we forgot it was St. Pat's day and we are at least 1/2 Irish. LOL We do love cornbeef on ruebens.

Farmchick said...

I love corned beef and when I was young my dad would cook it with a mustard based sauce on top. I used to hate it, but now love it.

Mountain Mama said...

It's been years since I ate corned beef since I am on a salt restricted diet. I used to love it with lots of horseradish sauce. Mother used to make it with potatoes, cabbage and carrots.
I think I had potato soup on St Patrick's day.

Shammickite said...

I ate Irish Stew and Irish soda bread. And a little individual steak and Guinness pie!

Lady Di Tn said...

Good lesson in history. I had our corn beef and cabbage on Wednesday night as I usually have something spicy for BEER NIGHT (I declared Thursday nights as beer night on the hill) Peace