Corned Beef and Cabbage


Corned Beef and Cabbage

Try out this great recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage, its delicious BUT is Corned Beef and cabbage really a traditional Irish dish?

Irish emigrants to America used Corned Beef as a substitute for Bacon in an attempt to recreate the authentic Irish dish of Bacon and Cabbage.

Discover the history of the Corned Beef and Cabbage dish and learn how to recreate this dish in your own home, we have included a step by step traditional corned beef and cabbage recipe for you to follow

English: Corned Beef and Cabbage
Irish: Mairteoil shaillte agus Cabáiste

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Corned Beef and Cabbage - History
Corned Beef and Cabbage is NOT a traditional Irish dish! You will find restaurants all over Ireland serving this dish but mainly for the tourists and not for the locals. Corned beef and Cabbage is a popular dish amongst Irish Emigrants, particularly those who travelled to America. Irish emigrants to America used Corned Beef as a substitute for Bacon in an attempt to recreate the authentic Irish dish of Bacon and Cabbage.

Corned Beef also known as Salt Beef was produced in Ireland in the 1800's, indeed it was one of the major foods exported all over the world but was expensive for the Irish people who preferred to eat bacon from their home reared pigs. During the famine years many Irish people paid rent to landlords and they simply could not afford to eat 'delicacies' such as corned beef. Beef from home reared cattle was a treat for the native Irish and the meat would be eaten fresh, not preserved and cured in salt. Often the cattle cared for by the Irish people did not belong to them, they were owned by the landlord and the corned beef was produced specifically for export.

Corned Beef and Cabbage - Irish Emigrants
In America, the emigrants found that salt and beef were much cheaper and more plentiful than in Ireland so used this to create the American-Irish dish of Corned Beef and Cabbage. In Ireland the ingredients for Bacon and Cabbage were plentiful, locals grew their own cabbage and reared their own pigs, this was not the case for emigrants who settled in cities and found work elsewhere.

Corned Beef and Cabbage  - Recipe
The recipe below for corned beef and cabbage is unfortunately not really a traditional Irish dish at all! Corned Beef and Cabbage is popular among many people of Irish descent but the history of this dish only dates back to the Irish emigrants to North America and Canada. In an attempt to recreate the traditional Irish dish of bacon and cabbage, the Irish emigrants substituted bacon for corned beef. Although corned beef was available in Ireland it was often too expensive for the Irish natives. Once they settled in America, they discovered that the salt used to preserve the beef and the beef itself was much cheaper than back home in Ireland, hence the invention of the 'traditional' recipe of Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Corned Beef and Cabbage - Ingredients

1 onion (medium)
4 large potatoes
1 pound baby carrots
3 cups water
3 chopped garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper
3lb corned beef
1 cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage - Method

  • Cut the onion into wedges

  • Cut the potatoes into quarters

  • Chop the carrots into small pieces

  • Cut the cabbage into quarters

  • Place the Carrots, potatoes and onion in a large casserole dish

  • Add the water, sugar, garlic, pepper, vinegar and bay leaf

  • Place the corned beef joint into the pan

  • Cover with cabbage

  • Cook until the meat is tender

  • Don't forget to remove the bay leaf!

Try cooking the ingredients in a slow cooker for a hassle free dish. Add other spice according to taste, all spice, mustard and marmalade are all ways to personalise this recipe as your own.

Corned Beef and Cabbage - Traditional Bacon and Cabbage Recipe
Bacon and Cabbage is still a popular dish, even in the modern Ireland of today. Boiled back bacon is used and served with cabbage and potatoes. Often other vegetables are added to the dish including Turnips and Carrots. Depending on indivual taste, the water drained from the boiled bacon is sometimes used to boil the vegetables in. Some people however find the taste too salty and prefer the healthier option of steaming their vegetables that accompany the boiled bacon.

Bacon and Cabbage - Ingredients

Large Piece of Back Bacon, smoked or un-smoked (according to personal taste)
1 large cabbage

Bacon and Cabbage - Method

  • Place the meat in a pot (large enough for the meat and cabbage that will be added later)

  • Cover the meat with cold water and bring to the boil

  • Simmer for 30 minutes per pound of meat

  • cut the cabbage into quarters and add to the pot

  • Simmer for 30 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked (vary cooking time according to personal taste)

  • Drain and serve with boiled or mashed potatoes

  • Can also be served with Carrotts and Turnips

Corned Beef and Cabbage - New England Boiled Dinner

In New England, the traditional Boiled dinner is a variation of the traditional Irish dish using boiled meat such as beef and vegetables including cabbage . It is believed this dish was introduced by the Irish emigrants to New England.


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