Corned Beef and Cabbage: A North American Addition to St. Patrick’s Day
I grew up basking in the smell of corned beef and cabbage wafting through the house every St. Patrick's Day. It was heaven! I haven't continued the tradition. Until this year.
Everyone knows Corned Beef is just part of the St. Patrick's Day routine, like wearing green. Right? Only in North America! Was I surprised when I discovered this little fact. Apparently the idea of this dish being served was due to corned beef being substituted for pork in the dish.
Corned beef is not an Irish recipe. Unfortunately, most people in Ireland could not afford to buy beef, hence the potato history. An interesting note, the potato famine sprung from the use of good farmland to graze cattle.
Regardless of where it came from, Corned Beef and Cabbage has become ingrained in Irish-American heritage, so eat up!
Here's the recipe I will be using courtesy of busycooks.about.com:
- 6 carrots, cut into chunks
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2-3 lb. corned beef brisket with seasoning packet
- 12 oz. can beer (non alcoholic is fine)
- 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 8 wedges cabbage