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Kick It Up on St. Patrick’s Day

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On St. Patrick’s Day in America, corned beef and cabbage is the traditional Irish meal. Surprisingly, it is not that way in Ireland. Corned pork and cabbage is more common in the Emerald Isles, where beef is more scarce and expensive. When Irish immigrants came to the US, they found beef more plentiful and many butchers were kosher Jews, so pork was less common. Corned pork became corned beef and so begat the Irish-American tradition that continues to this day. This little anecdote shows how St. Patrick’s Day in America can be seen as a story about celebrating our shared immigrant stories rather than solely about being Irish.

Of course, Irish heritage is a huge part of the festivities. And that’s why food and drink are always a big part of it. Traditionally, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for this one special day to commemorate the country’s patron saint.

Whether or not you celebrate with a pint in your hand, you have the opportunity this year to step up your St. Patrick’s Day food game. The truth is, corned beef made at home puts the store-bought stuff to shame. One taste and you’ll understand. It’s cheaper, too, and doesn’t take much effort. Just time. So start now. And if you have leftovers, use them for Corned Beef HashRockin’ Reuben Sandwiches and Corned Beef St. Paddy Melts. Or toss that extra corned beef on the smoker to make Close to Katz’s Pastrami or Sous Vide Que Pastrami. And if you’re still a wee bit hungry, check out more of our best St. Patrick’s Day recipes below.

Sliced corned beef

Our Famous Corned Beef Recipe Outshines Store Bought

By:

Meathead

Our famous corned beef recipe is not only fun, it also puts the prepared stuff at your local grocery store to shame. Preparing and cooking this corned beef brisket recipe might take a little extra time but it is well worth the effort when you bite into it! Smoke it on the grill and suddenly you have homemade pastrami!
corned beef and cabbage

Corned Beef And Cabbage Done Right (You’ve Been Doing It Wrong)

By:

Meathead

This St. Patrick's Day, take your corned beef to a new level thanks to this fool proof recipe. Traditionally preparing corned beef and cabbage means simply throwing it all in a pot of boiling water. Unfortunately the result is salty, mushy vegetables and meat that is tough and fatty. Here are tips to elevate this dish.
corned beef hash

The Corned Beef Hash Recipe All Others Aspire To Be

By:

Meathead

Corned beef hash is a perfect way to use leftover corned beef after St. Patrick's Day has come and gone. Cooking chopped corned beef along with potatoes, onion, and other select ingredients results in a dish that puts all other corned beef hash to shame. Top it with an egg or other ingredients for your own twist.
Reuben sandwich

Classic New York Style Rockin’ Reuben Sandwich Recipe

By:

Meathead

Create the ultimate Reuben sandwich with this simple recipe. If you've never tried a Reuben sandwich then you're missing out on one of the greatest flavor combinations ever. Thinly sliced corned beef is layered thick on rye or pumpernickel bread along with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a Russian-style dressing.
Sliced homemade pastrami

A Smoked Pastrami Recipe That’s Close To Katz’s

By:

Meathead

If you've ever wondered how to make pastrami then we've got you covered. Moist, tender, and full of flavor, this is the ultimate homemade smoked pastrami recipe. So what is pastrami? Simply put, it's Jewish barbecue, i.e. corned beef that has been smoked. This is about as close to Katz's pastrami recipe as you'll get!
Reuben burger plated

Reuben Reimagined: The Corned Beef St. Patrick’s Day Melt

By:

Clint Cantwell

Corned beef is taken to new heights with this delicious recipe for the Reuben burger. Corned beef brisket is ground into burger patties before being grilled to perfection. Inspired by the classic Reuben, this patty melt style burger features tangy sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread.
Grill marks stripe the sides of cabbage wedges

How Sweet It Is: Smoky Grilled Honey Butter Cabbage

By:

Meathead

Make boring cabbage extraordinary by hitting the grill, resulting in a crisp, sweet and smoky BBQ side dish. There's something transformative about grilling vegetables and this recipe for honey roasted cabbage is no different, elevating its flavors far above its traditional boring (and odiferous) boiled cousin.
Sliced sous vide and smoked pastrami

Pure Pastrami Perfection, The Sous-Vide-Que Method

By:

Clint Cantwell

Pastrami is the ultimate expression of beef brisket, and it is at its best if you start with sous vide. To begin, prepared corned beef is rendered moist and tender thanks to a low and slow sous vide water bath. The meat is then smoked on the grill, creating mouthwatering sliced pastrami for sandwiches and more.
spicy pickled eggs

Try A Spicy Pickled Eggs Recipe For Kicks

By:

Dave Joachim

Pickled eggs are typically hard boiled eggs that have been submerged in a vinegar-based brine. The brine can be salty, sour, sweet or spicy depending on your preference. This recipe gives the pickled eggs a touch of spice and a good strong punch of tartness from the vinegar.

Try A Spicy Pickled Eggs Recipe For Kicks

By:

Dave Joachim

Pickled eggs are typically hard boiled eggs that have been submerged in a vinegar-based brine. The brine can be salty, sour, sweet or spicy depending on your preference. This recipe gives the pickled eggs a touch of spice and a good strong punch of tartness from the vinegar.

Reuben Reimagined: The Corned Beef St. Patrick’s Day Melt

By:

Clint Cantwell

Corned beef is taken to new heights with this delicious recipe for the Reuben burger. Corned beef brisket is ground into burger patties before being grilled to perfection. Inspired by the classic Reuben, this patty melt style burger features tangy sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread.

Corned Beef And Cabbage Done Right (You’ve Been Doing It Wrong)

By:

Meathead

This St. Patrick's Day, take your corned beef to a new level thanks to this fool proof recipe. Traditionally preparing corned beef and cabbage means simply throwing it all in a pot of boiling water. Unfortunately the result is salty, mushy vegetables and meat that is tough and fatty. Here are tips to elevate this dish.

How Sweet It Is: Smoky Grilled Honey Butter Cabbage

By:

Meathead

Make boring cabbage extraordinary by hitting the grill, resulting in a crisp, sweet and smoky BBQ side dish. There's something transformative about grilling vegetables and this recipe for honey roasted cabbage is no different, elevating its flavors far above its traditional boring (and odiferous) boiled cousin.

Pure Pastrami Perfection, The Sous-Vide-Que Method

By:

Clint Cantwell

Pastrami is the ultimate expression of beef brisket, and it is at its best if you start with sous vide. To begin, prepared corned beef is rendered moist and tender thanks to a low and slow sous vide water bath. The meat is then smoked on the grill, creating mouthwatering sliced pastrami for sandwiches and more.

Classic New York Style Rockin’ Reuben Sandwich Recipe

By:

Meathead

Create the ultimate Reuben sandwich with this simple recipe. If you've never tried a Reuben sandwich then you're missing out on one of the greatest flavor combinations ever. Thinly sliced corned beef is layered thick on rye or pumpernickel bread along with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a Russian-style dressing.

The Corned Beef Hash Recipe All Others Aspire To Be

By:

Meathead

Corned beef hash is a perfect way to use leftover corned beef after St. Patrick's Day has come and gone. Cooking chopped corned beef along with potatoes, onion, and other select ingredients results in a dish that puts all other corned beef hash to shame. Top it with an egg or other ingredients for your own twist.

Our Famous Corned Beef Recipe Outshines Store Bought

By:

Meathead

Our famous corned beef recipe is not only fun, it also puts the prepared stuff at your local grocery store to shame. Preparing and cooking this corned beef brisket recipe might take a little extra time but it is well worth the effort when you bite into it! Smoke it on the grill and suddenly you have homemade pastrami!

Published On: 6/28/2019 Last Modified: 3/23/2021

 

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