Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage make a statement on Irish holidays, but people relish it throughout the year. From traditional recipes to corned beef-cabbage soup, these simple recipes turn corned beef and cabbage into easy weeknight suppers.See Popular Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipes
Corned beef and cabbage becomes a dish you can make any day of year (not just St. Patrick's Day) with the help of your slow cooker.
For many, corned beef and cabbage is a St. Patrick's Day tradition. Slow cooking tenderizes the brisket, which is the centerpiece of this one-dish meal.
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Knowing how to cook corned beef is almost a mandatory skill if you have even a drop of Irish blood in your veins. Corned beef is a quintessential American Irish tradition, although many Americans only eat it once a year, on St. Patrick's Day. Corned beef was one of Ireland's main exports until 1825; County Cork was the largest producer for many decades. The British Army often survived on cans of it during their many and bitter campaigns across Europe. Today, however, corned beef is far more popular in America than it is in Ireland.
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Every March, when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, people all across the United States start digging out recipes for how to make corned beef. Corned beef is a beef brisket cured in large grains of salt (called "corns," hence the name). While its association with the Irish holiday is cemented in American culture, corned beef and cabbage is not actually the national dish of Ireland. In fact, the average Irish diet didn't even include beef until the 1900s. Corned beef was a delicacy beyond the reach of most common folk, largely because salt was so expensive and also because in those days the Irish kept cattle primarily for dairy.
Although it's most popular around St. Patrick's Day, this recipe is delicious year-round. Simply combine corned beef and vegetables in a slow cooker to create this hearty one-dish meal.
Slow cooking tenderizes the brisket, which is the centerpiece of this hearty, one-dish meal. Make it for a St. Patrick's Day dinner.
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