Why Are We Eating Corned Beef & Cabbage?!

Corned Beef and Cabbage I Recipe

This traditional Irish dish is the centerpiece for St. Patrick's Day. Corned beef and cabbage simmer with potatoes and carrots for a hearty dinner.

Why do we eat Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick's Day?!

David is totally disgusted by it... (probably because he ate it EVERY day as a kid) -- but Sue, who will basically eat anything, loves it!!


According to Irish Central.com

Beef was not readily available in Ireland and was considered a luxury and that’s why the traditional Irish meal centered around ham, the bacon. But when these Irish got off the boats in America it was quite the opposite. Corned beef was the meat that they could easily and more cheaply get their hands on and, so, this became the meal of choice for generations of Irish Americans to come.

The bars of early 20th century New York would offer a free dinner of corned beef and cabbage to the Irish workers who would crowd in after working all day on the building sites...The Irish builders would still have to buy a few drinks in order to get their supposedly free dinner, but the main reason that the corned beef and cabbage dinner is thought to be of Irish origin is not because they were enticed by a traditional meal so much as a cheap meal.