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Corned Beef and Cabbage – St. Patricks Meal


Corned Beef and Cabbage – More Jewish than Irish

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and for many that means boiling up a nice authentic Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage. The funny thing is, it’s not that Irish. How it came to be such an icon of Irish-American cuisine is not completely clear, but it goes a little something like this.

When Irish immigrants, fleeing the great potato famines, arrived in the Northeast they couldn’t find, or afford, the traditional cuts of meat used for their beloved braised dinner. The original Irish recipe actually used a type of lean bacon, made with a cut of pork similar to Canadian bacon.

Corned beef came into the picture as a lower-cost substitution, to replace the more expensive and harder to find cut. But, why corned beef? New York’s early immigrant populations lived in very crowded neighborhoods, and there was a close proximity between the Irish and Jewish communities.

If there is one thing that history has taught us (besides, do unto others as you would have them do unto you), it’s two ethnic groups living close to each other will always borrow from each other’s culinary traditions. This is a common theme in many of the world’s greatest recipes – the just posted Pork al Pastor was a perfect example.

By the way, I make a couple drinking jokes in the video, but I feel entitled since many of my closest friends and relatives have very deep Irish roots, and it’s all meant in good fun.

I actually think it’s terribly unfair that so many people believe the stereotype that all Irish people are heavy drinkers. It’s just not true – I know hundreds of Irish folks, and several of them don’t have a drinking problem. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
4-5 pound corned beef
spice packet
3 quarts water
1 onion, quartered
3 carrots, cut in large chunks
3 ribs celery, cut in 2-inch pieces
1 tsp salt
2 pounds red potatoes
1 small green cabbage, cut in 8ths
hot mustard and rye bread

 

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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Foodwishes

 

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Corned Beef Hash I’m in Corned Beef Hash Heaven


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I’m in Corned Beef Hash Heaven

When I’m cooking corned beef, watching it simmer in the aromatic broth, I’ll sometimes close my eyes and picture the delicious plate of food I have coming. The funny thing is, it’s not the sliced corned beef and cabbage I’m dreaming of, it’s the corned beef hash I’m going to be making with the leftovers.

There are certain dishes I would never talk someone into trying, or argue on behalf of its virtues. It’s one of those, “there are two kinds of people in the world” things. Either you really love corned beef hash, or you don’t eat it. It’s not a dish for the indifferent.

Now, that the non-hash people have stopped reading, let’s talk crust. As you well know, what separates a great hash from a transcendent hash is the “crust.” You can’t rush a corned beef hash crust – it’s built slowly, over medium heat, with multiple turnings and pressings, the meat and potatoes crisped and caramelized in the combination of butter and beef fat.

I’ve always felt it’s a poached eggs greatest achievement to meet its end on a pile of perfectly crusty corned beef hash. In addition to the textural pleasures, it also features one of the food world’s greatest sights – the egg’s golden yolk slowly running over and through the steaming hash. They don’t know what they’re missing. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 pounds cooked corned beef, diced
1 1/2 pounds white potatoes, peeled quartered
1/4 cup prepared roasted tomato salsa
2 clove garlic, crushed
1 bunch green onions, white parts chopped, green parts reserved for garnish
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Here are some more great breakfast video recipe ideas!
Sausage and Egg Pizza
Lemon Soufflé Pancakes
The Hangtown Fry
“Flattata” with Bacon, Potatoes, and Greens
Fancy Restaurant-Style French Toast

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Foodwishes

 

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London Broil Grilled Steak by the BBQ Pit Boys


The round steak, sometimes referred to as a topside and silverside, can be a tough cut of beef steak unless you first marinate it for a few hours. Check out this classic barbecue steak marinade recipe by one of the BBQ Pit Boys.

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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in BBQ Pit Boys

 

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