Are you Irish today? (smile) On March 17th, everyone's entitled to celebrate this grand holiday.
My family's a good part Irish, and when I was growing up, St. Patrick's Day was always a special holiday in our house.
The highlight of the day was gathering everyone together for our big dinner. Of course, you know what we ate. Corned beef. Cabbage. Carrots. And potatoes.
I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
There are various recipes, but the simplest is this:
Put corned beef (3-4 pounds) in a pot, toss in a couple of bay leaves*, and cover all with water.
Bring water to a boil.
Cover pot and lower heat to a simmer for about 3 hours, or until corned beef is fork-tender.
Remove beef from pot and reserve on a platter, covering beef with foil for 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, to the water in pot, add a head of cabbage, quartered; carrots and potatoes (about 5-6 medium of each), peeled and cut into pieces.
Cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
Slice the beef and dish up the vegetables.
* After cooking, discard bay leaves. Do not eat.
And you're done.
See? It's so easy, anyone—Irish or not—can enjoy this traditional dinner. I hope you will. (smile)
And I'd love to hear if your family celebrates with this or any other special foods or traditions.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!