St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland, he is believed to have died on March 17th around 461 A.D. St. Patrick was a Christian missionary, bishop and an apostle of Ireland. Legend say he banished all snakes from Ireland, baptized hundreds of people in a single day and used a three leaf clover to describe the Holy Trinity.
The Irish have celebrated St. Patrick’s death as a religious holiday by attending mass in the morning and then celebrating with food and drinks in the afternoon. The first St. Patrick’s day parade actually took place in New York City in 1762 when Irish soldiers in the English military marched through the city, this tradition continues today. March 17th has become an international celebration as people all over the world wear green, drink beer, eat corned beef and cabbage and hope to find a leprechaun and his pot of gold.
Believe it or not the famous corned beef and cabbage cooked on St. Patrick’s Day is not the traditional meal that was served in Ireland. Traditionally the Irish made this dish with bacon but when the Irish immigrants cam to America they could not afford the traditional bacon so they substituted corned beef, a cheaper option they picked up from their Jewish neighbors. I may not be an authentic St. Patrick’s Day dish but we serve it up every year anyway!
My Not So Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage:
Corned beef brisket, trimmed of fat (2-3 lbs.)
5 red potatoes cut into cubes
2 onions quarter3d
4 carrots peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, whole
1 head of cabbage cored and quartered
2 tsp. mustard seeds, 2 tsp. black peppercorns, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp. sugar (may use pickling spices instead if packet comes with corned beef, my corned beef didn’t come with it)
1 container of beef broth
Place potatoes, onions, carrots, 1/4 cabbage in bottom of crock pot then place corned beef on top. Add in garlic, beef broth, spices and water. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 5 hours. (When corned beef is done I take it out and add in rest of cabbage and let it cook down in juices for 15-30 minutes because my crock pot is not big enough to add all cabbage at the beginning.)
The corned beef was delicious especially with an Irish beer:
One tip when you cook the corned beef and cabbage is to put the peppercorns into a satchel so you can easily pull it out at the end, my husband wasn’t too fond of eating whole peppercorns. Other than that dinner was perfect!!
I have a 9 mile training run scheduled for tomorrow so I won’t be indulging in too much Irish beer tonight. I hope everyone has a great St. Patrick’s Day!!!