They don't eat corned beef and cabbage in Ireland

Mar 14, 2012

Sure, the traditional St. Patrick's  Day dinner all over the world is corned beef and cabbage.  But not in Ireland.  So what do the Irish in Ireland eat on March 17th?

From what I've learned, the traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast on the Emerald Isle includes fried eggs, black pudding (a kind of blood sausage), bacon, mushrooms and brown bread made with wheat and oatmeal. For dinner a roasted leg of lamb is very popular.

But here in the states everybody eats Corned beef and cabbage. Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson likes to braise the corned beef on the stovetop and then finish it with a glaze of brown sugar and mustard as she describes in this week's Food for Thought.

She didn't say how hot, but if I were doing that I'd just run it under the broiler for a minute or so till caramelized.

I hardly ever make corned beef and cabbage. I'd rather just make the corned beef for sandwiches on the NY style rye bread I bake up now and then.

Happy St, Patrick's day to all. Here's what not to do while celebrating.

We'll continue to celebrate the green on next week's Food for Thought when we celebrate, well ... greens – the leaves we eat, not the virtues we flaunt. 

"Some days I wake up and think 'Gee I look handsome today.'  Other days I think 'What am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift.' "

– Liam Neeson