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
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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