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Corned Beef And Cabbage

March 15, 2012 by staff 

Corned Beef And Cabbage, Corned Beef and Cabbage Day — better known in some quarters as St. Patrick’s Day — is coming right up. As made-up food holidays go, Corned Beef and Cabbage Day actually makes sense. March 17 is likely the only day of the year you’ll be partaking in this fatty-delicious feast.

Oh, during the year you may have a few corned-beef sandwiches, the thin slices piled high on rye. However, the heaping plate of sliced corned beef accompanied by spicy mustard plus cabbage, potatoes and carrots, probably all boiled in beer, is usually a once-a-year experience.

And get this: Corned beef is as American as apple pie. It’s not that it doesn’t have vague Irish roots, but it just isn’t a beloved holiday dish in Ireland.

Food historians believe that the dish was made popular by Irish immigrants in the United States looking for a substitute for their beloved bacon and cabbage. Irish bacon is meatier, more like ham, and is not cooked crisp like the bacon Americans are familiar with. It’s also pork.

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