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How Irish is Corned Beef?

I'm posting a picture from Valentine's Day again ... because it's corned beef hash!  I'm linking to Sunday Favorities so make sure you visit Happy to Design to check out all the other posts!  Thanks to our hostess!

So ... how Irish is Corned Beef?

The best thing about corned beef, in my opinion, is the corned beef hash that I make with the leftovers! Yes, this mostly German-Scottish girl … with just a trace of Ireland in her veins … is not a fan of corned beef. I cook it, though, because my family loves it … and I love what is left!

What about the origin of corned beef? Corning meat dates to the earliest times when one of the only methods of preserving meat was to rub it and surround it with large particles of salt … the ‘corn’ refers to the nuggets of salt. By the days of Napoleon, the Irish city of Cork had become the center of beef production in Europe and the curing industry was their largest ... so corned beef does have a strong connection to Ireland.

Most food historians believe that eating corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day is an American invention … and that the earliest Irish families … who had recently relocated to the United States … ate corned beef only because they couldn’t afford anything better. They borrowed this celebratory product from their Jewish neighbors and bought it from Jewish markets! The other interesting note is that the early recipes for New England Boiled Dinner call for salt cured (corned) beef, predating the Irish migration to our country by over a century!

So, how Irish is corned beef? Irish enough for me!   Visit my original post to get the recipe!

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  1. I LOVE My "New England Boiled Dinner", AND being Irish and living in New England couldn't make it easier to celebrate. I LOVE YOUR POST, and thank you for your recipe, I'll be sure to make it, YUMMMMY!!! All the times I've roamed through Ireland I Never ONCE saw Corned Beef on the menu, hehe! The New England Boiled Dinner is a Big Event in our household... As Big as the turkey is at Thanksgiving!
    Thank you for sharing...
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Hugs, Donna

  2. That looks TO DIE FOR good!

    I know NOTHING about the origin or "nationality" of corned beef. I have HEARD of corned beef and cabbage - - - does that count for ANYTHING???

    I just read one somebody's post in the last couple of days though, that they were Irish and that TRUE Irish ate HAM and cabbage on St. Patrick's day and NOT corned beef and cabbage.

    I was shocked and stunned. So now I know even less than before.


  3. I have never made corned beef hash, and I love corned beef. I think this comes from being frightened by the stuff in the can during the impressionable years of my youth. I like the look of your recipe and may just give it a try. Thanks!

  4. Hi Debbie...

    Ohhh...your Corned Beef Hash just looks sooo very yummy, my friend! I haven't had a good homemade Corned Beed hash in such a long time! You have set my tastebuds "a wanting"! Hehe! I loved reading the history of the dish...very interesting! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! Mmmm!!!

    Have a wonderful week, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design


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