That’s because corned beef is an Irish-American tradition adopted when newcomers to this land needed a way to preserve meat.
If you want to serve something authentically Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, here are five ideas.
- Baileys Irish Cream: This is one of the top-selling liqueurs in the world (if not the top-selling liqueur). It’s a blend of Irish whiskey and cream, so we don’t think it needs anything added by way of improvement. But you’ll have a winner if you add the liqueur to cheesecake — making a perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Colcannon: This is blend of mashed potatoes, kale or cabbage and more. It doesn’t sound impressive, but it tastes great.
- Guinness Stout: Big and bold, this dark brew has been made in Ireland since 1759. Stout is based on the porter style of ales is often served at room temperature. Mix it with a Bass Ale to create a half and half. (Don’t use the phrase “black and tan” in Ireland. Though the name dates back more than 100 years, it refers, in many people’s minds, to British forces that were in Ireland in the 1920s.)
- Irish Lamb Stew with Guinness Stout: The Irish are famous for their lamb and for Irish Stew. The stew can be made with beef or lamb, and really gets a boost of flavor from the country’s most famous dark brew.
- Irish soda bread: Have this simple bread with really good butter. The Irish are known for the excellence of their dairy products.