St. Patrick's Day Dinner
This is one of our favorite meals! We celebrate both St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Day with this delicious meal. But, did you know that Corned Beef is an Irish-American tradition? It's believed that corned beef and cabbage was probably introduced into the St Patrick's Day tradition in America during the early 19th century as a more economic substitute for traditional and preferred bacon. The Irish tradition is to serve bacon with cabbage. Today, we serve the recipe below and cabbage sautéd with bacon and onions as a side dish. We do both!
In Ireland, a traditional dinner will more likely consist of a slow-cooked beef or lamb stew served with colcannon (a potato dish made with cabbage) or Shepherd's Pie (another favorite of ours)!
You know this is one of the recipes I typed. I kept telling my gramma that the s and the v didn't work, hence the several misspellings. I'm sure she didn't believe me, but maybe kept this version for sentimental reasons. Or maybe she kept it to remind me how lazy I was! Either way, it's the recipe card we use today along with a bit of soda bread.
After dinner, we always enjoy an Irish coffee! There are several renditions of this traditional recipe ~ this one is my favorite: Jameson Irish Coffee