Once you have a corned beef and cabbage recipe under your belt, you are 'set' for Irish cooking, right?
Well... no. But it's a really, really good start!
A more authentic Irish dish is actually boiled bacon and cabbage. ('Bacon' is actually salted pork joint or pork roast.)
Prior to the 1900s, Irish commoners couldn't afford beef due to its scarcity and exorbitant cost. Corned beef was considered a delicacy reserved for royalty.
In the 1800s many Irish came over to New York they weren't able to find salted bacon, but beef was plentiful and economical.
In socializing with their Jewish neighbors, Irish-Americans discovered corned beef would make a great substitute for bacon - and corned beef and cabbage became one of the most famous of Irish expressions!
It doesn't get much simpler!
*Very Important – add vegetables to cooking pot in exact sequence listed. Potatoes will reside at bottom of pot and continue to simmer. Cabbage, when resting on top, achieves more of a steaming action, without getting mushy.
Resist urge to throw everything into the pot at once. Your vegetables will look like brownish-gray gobs.
If you enjoy cooking with liquor, use 2-3 bottles Guinness beer for liquid.
Place condiments in pretty little serving bowls: favorite mustards such as, hot/spicy, Dijon; Durkee's famous sauce; real butter; horseradish and/or small pitcher apple cider vinegar.
We included carrots for a pop of color. Other veggies that marry well with corned beef are: celery, beets, parsnips and rutabagas.
For sides, fill a crystal bowl with applesauce, serve Irish soda bread and a lotta Guinness to express your Irish-American corned beef and cabbage dinner to the max!
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to express your Irish side is to serve delicious Irish food.
And we just happen to have many, many more Irish recipes for you to explore in our section on Irish food recipes!
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